Paarl is the third oldest town in South Africa. Standing tall on Paarl Mountain and celebrating the birth of Afrikaans is the Afrikaans Language Monument. It is the smallest of the three main areas within the Cape Winelands region and has a village feel. Its attractions range from museums & galleries to shops selling handmade gifts & products by the local community. There are also many local restaurants to choose from. A trip down the 12 km long main road is like a step back in time, with its superb examples of Cape Dutch, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco architecture. For wine enthusiasts, Paarl is home to 105 wine estates, whilst the scenic beauty of the valley makes exploration by foot or car highly rewarding – the richness in fauna and flora even attracted the attention of Charles Darwin when he visited Paarl in 1836. The best way to experience the subtle pleasures of the Paarl Valley is to stay in the area for a night or two. There are plenty of accommodation options ranging from farms, home stays, B&Bs, quaint boutique hotels and five-star hotels.
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