The scenic beauty of both Paarl and Wellington compels visitors to explore the many scenic routed in the valley and the surrounding mountains.
Visit the 'pearl' of the Cape Winelands, Paarl and its Wine Route - a town that takes its name from the huge granite outcrop that stands proudly on the crest of Paarl Mountain. Paarl was founded in 1687 and is the third-oldest town in South Africa. The town is a mere 45-minutes' drive from Cape Town. The birth of the Afrikaans as the World's youngest language is celebrated by the Afrikaans Language Monument that stands aside the southern slopes of Paarl Mountain. Just outside Paarl is the Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years in captivity and where he completed his long walk to freedom. The town has many fine examples of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Cape Dutch buildings that compete for space with the wide variety of fine restaurants and coffee shops spead out along the twelve kilometre-long Main Street.
Wellington was founded in 1840 and was named after the Duke of Wellington. The Wellington region is renowned for its beautiful Cape Dutch homesteads and gardens. The historic Bain's Kloof Pass, with its unsurpassed vistas, indigenous flora and fauna and crystal-clear rock pools is the perfect spot for hikers, while closer to town wine-walks and horse-trails through farmland and fynbos can be enjoyed. The dried fruit industry is synonymous with Wellington and the town is surrounded by fruit orchards, wine estates and olive groves. Situated to the north of Wellington, the villages of Saron (originally a mission station), Gouda and Hermon are spread out in the midst of rich farmlands in the Shadow of the Elandskloof and Winterhoek Mountains.
Paarl and Wellington boast true country hospitality, award winning wine routes and estates and accommodation to suit a variety of requirements and budgets. The towns provide excellent conferencing venues and some of the most idyllic wedding venues on the Cape Winelands. You can revel in beautiful fynbos-rich walks and hiking trails, superb mountain biking trails or take a relaxing drive through the countryside to enjoy the spectacular scenery and a leisurely lunch washed down with some of the region's award winning wines.