As small as the South African town of Paarl may be, it has remarkable attractions worthy of the travel and time. From the vineyards, to breath-taking views from above, Paarl is just under an hour outside Cape Town and is a great destination if you want to slip away from the city for the weekend.
Here are Our Top 5 Things to Do in Paarl
Go for Wine Tasting
Touring Paarl means that you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to wine tasting locations. Be sure to try the Nederburg Wine Estate.
When you arrive at the Nederburg Wine Estate there’s a lot to absorb, from the lush vineyard to the beautiful historical architecture of the Red Table Restaurant, which is perfect for an outdoor lunch after your wine tasting session. The wine tasting room is a modern building, where you’ll find a wide variety of wines to taste. What’s more you’ll get to learn about all aspects of the wine production as well as the history of some of the wines.
A few of the other amazing wine estates in Paarl are Fairview Wine & Cheese, Paarl Winery and Laborie Wine Farm.
Afrikaans Language Monument
The Afrikaans Language Monument, also known as the Taal Monument is located in the heart of the community and overlooks the town of Paarl. The Afrikaans Language Monument stands on the Paarl Rock, a massive granite outcrop. The monument was created to commemorate Afrikaans, a South African language with origins in Dutch. Be sure to visit this historical monument, as it’s a gateway to uncovering the past of Paarl.
If you’re looking to delve deeper into the history of Paarl, the Paarl Museum is the perfect place to explore and experience some of the town’s most treasured heritage. Not only will you get to learn about the town’s history but culture too as well as interesting exhibits such as the various artifacts and antiques.
Drakenstein Lion Park
An unforgettable experience guaranteed, visit the Drakenstein Lion Park for the opportunity to go sightseeing the animals of the wild such as lions and tigers. The Drakenstein Lion Park is a sanctuary for rescued, captive-born cats, by visiting the park you’ll be supporting a worthy cause all while having to experience wildlife in its most natural form.
Balloon Ride over the Vineyards
Slip away on a hot air balloon for a magical excursion across the vineyards of Paarl. Get a bird-eye’s view of the Drakenstein Mountains and the Hottentots Holland Mountain and even the beautiful silhouette of Table Mountain in the distance.