Franschhoek Valley is nestled between towering mountain ranges. It has a rich history, having been settled over 300 years ago by the Huguenots, whose French influence still pervades the area. Activities are centred around the picturesque village where a host of galleries and shops line the main street including specialist shops such as a chocolate factory and a carpet maker. As well as visits to the numerous award-winning wineries in the area you can also explore different nature trails and try your hand at fly-fishing. If you are in the region in July it is worth planning your visit to Franschhoek over the weekend closest to Bastille Day (14th July) when the village celebrates its French heritage with a wine and gourmet fair amongst many other activities. When it comes to places to stay in Franschhoek there are numerous options. With a choice of lavish country lodges, cosy B&B’s, quaint guesthouses or comfortable self-catering cottages. Food is taken very seriously in Franschhoek, which is known as the gourmet capital of South Africa. There are over 35 restaurants in the town and several South African 5-star chefs, whose dishes range from French-influenced gourmet cuisine to the traditional and rustic.