The Pearl of the Winelands

Paarl takes its name from the granite outcrop that stands proudly on the crest of Paarl Mountain.  After the rainfalls, the granite rock shimmers like a pearl.  The town was founded in 1687 and is considered to be the third oldest settlement in South Africa, holding a rich cultural and historical heritage.

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Some Interesting facts about Paarl:

Paarl holds the birth of Afrikaans as the world’s youngest language and is celebrated by the iconic Afrikaans Language Monument that stands prominently on the southern slopes of Paarl Mountain.

The Architecture that Paarl embellishes can be seen by the many fine examples of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Cape Dutch buildings that compete for space with a wide variety of fine restaurants and coffee shops spread out along the twelve kilometre-long Main Street.

Just outside Paarl is the Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and from which he completed his “long walk to freedom”.

Paarl boasts true country hospitality, award winning wine farms and estates.


With Paarl laying in the winelands countryside, you are able to revel in beautiful fynbos-rich walks and hiking trails, cycle along superb mountain-biking trails or take a relaxing drive through the valley to enjoy the spectacular scenery.


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The Grande Roche Hotel


All images are credited to Paarl Tourism and The Grande Roche Hotel