Despite the common view that staying in Franschhoek constitutes eating, drinking and sleeping, there are a few exciting activities that couples, and even families, will enjoy throughout the year as well.
Visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum
At L'Omarins Estate
Housing more than 100 years of motor history, the Franschhoek Motor Museum is situated upon the magnificent L’Omarins Estate and displays some of the oldest and most revered vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia.
Photograph the Huguenot Monument
A National Heritage
The Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek, South Africa, remains dedicated to the cultural influences that Huguenots brought to the Cape Colony after their immigration during the 17th and 18th centuries. It also remains a popular tourist attraction in Franschhoek due to its sheer majesty and scenic beauty, throughout the year.
Do some herb tasting
Allee Bleue Wine Estate
Allee Bleue Wine Estate cultivate all of their own herbs in their modern greenhouse facilities for exclusive use in their restaurant kitchens. Herbs are seasonal and excitingly, also available for tasting in combination with their award winning wines.
Hop on the Franschhoek wine tram
A picturesque express
Go for a run
The Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run
Franschhoek winters are perfect for runners of all calibres. One can take a light jog through the town, a particular vineyard or various trails that can be found on the map.
For the serious adventurers out there, there’s always the annual Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run, which takes place on the weekend of the 16th and 17th July. While the Franschhoek mountains are dusted with snow and the rivers run icy cold, this activity is a wonderful eye-opener to the natural beauty of Franschhoek winters. Offering 35km and 50km events, it's not for the lighthearted but draws crowds annually is always fully booked before the month of July so book early and get training!
Take a bike tour
Through Huguenot Street
Alternatively, renting a bicycle from Franschhoek Cycles is a great way to explore the town and surrounding vineyards and they're situated 200m down the road from The Last Word Franschhoek, in Huguenot Street.
Many guests who stay at the hotel take a day to ride the perimeters of the valley and explore the natural wonders in the open air, stopping for light lunch at a Bistro or Deli of choice.
Play some luxury golf
At Pearl Valley
The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Pearl Valley is considered the best conditioned gold course in the Western Cape. Designed by the man who provided its name, it truly is a feat of mastery to take advantage of and its fairways are nestled amidst the Val De Vie Estate's premier polo and wine making facilities.
Many guests who stay at The Last Word Franschhoek opt for an early tee off and we accommodate them with luxurious packed breakfasts or early insuite options as well as a convenient transfer to Paarl where the course is situated.