Delightful day trips can be arranged in and around Paarl.
Go to the Tourism Office for more information or assistance.
They are situated on the corner of Main & Auret Street ( opposite Paarlberg BMW Motors). Take Exit 55 off the N1; turn left into the Main Street of Paarl. Drive four kilometers down the Main Street. The Tourism Office will be situated on your left.
Mon - Fri 08:30 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 13:00 Sun 10:00 - 13:00
Tourism Officer Riana Williams
261 Main Street, Paarl
Tel +27 21 8723829
Fax +27 21 8729376
Simply a 40-minute drive outside Cape Town, at the foot of the second-largest granite outcrop in the world, youâ€™ll find an unexpected jewel: the scenic town of Paarl.
Paarl is a town to visit for all reasons:
Food for the soul
The balmy summers call for outside entertaining: a light but long lunch in the shade, glasses filled with chilled wine. During the rainy Cape winters everyone moves indoors and huddles around the fireplace with a glass of world-class red wine, produced right here in the Paarl Valley.
The best way to experience the subtle pleasures of the Paarl Valley is to stay over for a night or two. There is ample accommodation in town and on farms, including campsites, home stays, B&Bs, quaint boutique hotels and five-star hotels.
Down memory lane
A trip down the 12-km long Main Road, the longest in the country, is a trip down memory lane. The buildings lining Main Road present a mosaic of the most superb examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture.
Giants of Paarl
The arboreal giants of Paarl - mainly oaks donated by Simon van der Stel, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope colony - provide shade on hot summer days. On the bank of the Berg River is an arboretum that boasts some 4 000 trees representing about 700 indigenous and exotic species.
The scenic beauty of the Paarl Valley compels visitors to get in the car and drive along the many scenic routes in the valley and along the surrounding mountains. The richness in fauna and flora even attracted the attention of Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution, when he visited Paarl in 1836.
For the adventurous at heart
Explore the Paarl Valley from a different angle, either on horseback along the foothills of the mountains or through vineyards, or from a hot-air balloon in the early morning or on any of the wide variety of hiking trails and bike routes to choose from.
For the family
Keep the children entertained by paying a visit to some of the interesting attractions in and around town such as the crocodile farm, snake park or glass-blowing studio. Mom and dad can savour the world-class wines on the wine route and visit the oldest existing cooperage in the country.
A rich history
Paarl proudly bears the title of the third-oldest town in South Africa. Standing tall on Paarl Mountain and celebrating the birth of Afrikaans is the Afrikaans Language Monument and just outside Paarl is Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and started his walk to freedom.