The scenic beauty of Paarl compels visitors to explore the many cultural and historical attractions in the Drakenstein Valley together with some of the most beautiful nature reserves in our surrounding mountains. Here you can revel in beautiful fynbos-rich walks and hiking trails or cycle along superb mountain-biking trails.
Paarl takes its name from the huge granite outcrop that stands proudly on the crest of Paarl Mountain. Founded in 1687, it is the third oldest settlement in South Africa and has a rich cultural and historical heritage. Paarl boasts true winelands hospitality and award winning wine farms and estates. You will also find 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”.
We look forward to welcoming you to Paarl!