- Place or Historical Monument
I went to Franschhoek a couple of times, including on Bastille Day (the 14th July). There's a small festival, everything is decorated in blue, white, and red, and people drink wine and eat cheese – it's like being back in France! In fact, it remains similar to France all year round: from the roadside, you can see large signs pointing out properties which produce wine, cognac, cheese and olives.
It really is a charming place, with its little white church, its pretty bars and restaurants, with their large terraces, and its art galleries, all down the main street. The scenery is unusual and absolutely magnificent: vineyards surrounded by mountain peaks. And they really extend a royal welcome to French people here! Along with Stellenbosch and Paarl , it forms part of the golden triangle of the wine region of the Cape.