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A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Paarl, South Africa

General Information

Paarl is the third oldest town in South Africa and is located in the Cape Winelands region of the Western Cape.  Being the largest town within the Cape Winelands, Paarl has many activities and attractions to offer.  Only 60kms from Cape Town, makes Paarl easily accessible to those travelling from other countries and regions.

Paarl is renowned for its scenic beauty mixed with its great viticulture and fruit growing heritage.  It is a premier tourist attraction for those wishing to experience wine country.  

Like most towns situated in the Cape Winelands, Paarl is part of an affluent community, with neat well-maintained and striking Cape Dutch houses, manicured gardens and oak-lined streets.  A charming example of a Cape Dutch manor can be seen on the well-known Nederburg wine estate.  Completed in 1800, this H-shaped homestead has a beautifully proportioned Cape Dutch gable and is fitted with yellow wood shutters, beams and doors.

Paarl’s claim to fame is being the birthplace of Afrikaans as a written language.  A group of locals in 1876, ‘Die Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners’ (The Society of True Afrikaners) first printed the language here.  This historical event is immortalised in the Afrikaans Language Monument and Museum located on the slopes of Paarl Mountain.

A wondrous feature of Paarl is Paarl Rock - a massive granite rock that is formed by three outcrops which make up Paarl Mountain.  Situated in the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Paarl Rock is made up of intrusive igneous rock and provides the perfect hiking contours with views stretching out over the town - a firm favourite with nature lovers, hikers and birders.

With a slightly more Mediterranean climate, Paarl has pretty summer days with a lot of the rain falling in the winter months.

Exploring Paarl is easy when there are so many options available to visitors.  Whether its on horseback, by bike, foot or hot-air balloon, Paarl offers something for everyone.

Accommodation in Paarl

Paarl provides plenty of accommodation options to visitors ranging from Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses and Backpackers to Self-catering houses and camping.  Please view our Accommodation Directory for more information.

Activities in Paarl

Paarl has a wealth of activities and attractions on offer, only some of them are listed below:

  • Paarl Rock 
  • Abseil Paarl Rock
  • Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument - step back in time 
  • Berg River Resort - tranquil setting for camping and activities for children of all ages
  • Boschenmeer Golf Estate
  • Pearl Valley Golf
  • Cape Historical Tours - guided tour in town
  • DV Artisan Chocolate - artisanal chocolate making
  • Graceland Activities Klein Dennegeur Farm - family orientated venue of fun activities including waterslides, indoor and outdoor play parks, farm animal encounters
  • Het Gesticht Museum - charming little church built in 1813
  • Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm  - situated in the scenic Paarl Winelands where over 200 farm bred Nile Crocodiles are on view
  • Nederburg Wines
  • Paarl Mall
  • Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
  • Picnics - various locations
  • Simonsvlei Winery
  • Spice Route - reflects what the vineyard, the wines and the people are all about
  • The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio 

There are many other activities on offer and no matter what you choose to do you will be ensconced in beautiful Paarl surrounds.  For more information on the activities on offer and things to do view our Activities Directory.

​Restaurants and Businesses in Paarl

There are many great sundowner pubs and fantastic top restaurants in town.  The local wine farms offer visitors extensive wine tasting and fine dining while the local shopping centres provide a beautiful array of handmade crafts.  Paarl has a thriving business community and provides a wide range of goods and services to its residents and holiday makers.  

​See our Business Directory for a list of businesses in Paarl, or add your own free business listing.

Paarl Tourism Office Information
Web address: http://www.paarlonline.com
Telephone: +27 (0)21 872 0860
Fax: +27 (0)21 872 9376
E-mail: info@paarlonline.com
Address: 216 Main Road
Paarl
7646

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