Out and about in picturesque Paarl

The Nelson Mandela statue situated at the entrance of the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, in Paarl will create a memorable photo opportunity.

Now that the wearing of masks, has been lifted, visitors to Paarl will once again be able to enjoy the freedom of exploring the local sites, tastes and tourism treats.

Paarl’s menu of things to do caters for all ages and dishes up experiences for adventurers, wine enthusiasts, gourmands, nature lovers, historians and those who simply enjoy life.

On Monday July 18, the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day and why not commemorate this day with a visit to the historic site situated in Paarl where Nelson Mandela walked to freedom through the gates of the Drakenstein Prison (formally known as Victor Verster) on 11 February 1990.

To capture this moment in time, a bronze statue erected in front of the gate of his release site offers a special photo opportunity with the historic path he walked, visible in the background.

To appease hungry appetites, be sure to visit the nearby La Paris Bistro, an eatery synonymous with good food and wine, making it the the ideal breakfast or lunch spot.

The focus is on wholesome, authentic, fresh food sourced responsibly and sustainably, while dishes made from scratch ensures maximum flavour. The Bistro is perfect spot to warm up during winter, with its warm finishes, solid French Oak floors and multiple fireplaces.

The Paarl Wine Route, is steeped in history and a visit to the Nederburg Wine Estate with its rich winemaking heritage stretching back over more than two centuries and newly revamped The Manor restaurant, is a must. Visitors can choose between picnics, a la carte breakfasts and lunches as well as cheese and charcuterie platters.

The bar serves up wines, innovative cocktails, coffees and various wine tasting options are on offer.The youngsters can enjoy milk and cookie pairings, cupcake decoration workshops and kiddies picnic boxes.

A range of lawn games, jungle gyms, a zip-line, tree house, swings and more, will keep the young crowd entertained while parents relax.

For a spiritual experience, make time for reflection at Salem Biblical Garden. Established in 2011 on a farm on the slopes of the Paarl mountain in the Windmeul valley. Natural fynbos, 300 hundred year old wild olive trees and granite rocks closely resemble parts of Israel.

The mountain path features a number of artefacts and depictions of Bible patriarchs. Enjoy a mountain walk with views of the vineyards and olive orchards in the valley or book a guided ‘Journey through the Bible’ tour.

The 2km St. Paul’s trail and prayer garden takes visitors on a visual journey of mosaics, exhibits, sculptures, reliefs and ceramic works. Picnic-and-braai facilities are available.

Wind down your visit to Paarl at Laborie Heritage Wine Estate. Dating back to the 17th century, this wine estate combines modern facilities with old-world charm.

Visitors can taste Laborie’s wines at the Tasting Room, enjoy a meal at Stoep Restaurant or pop in at the Farm Grocer for fresh bread.

For those more adventurous at heart, the estate offers access to MTB trails. For more information visit, www.paarl-wellington.co.za

The La Paris Bistro serves breakfast and lunch from Wednesday to Sunday and dinner on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Bookings are recommended.
Indulge the senses at the Nederburg wine estate with interesting wine and cheese-dish pairing; the popular Five Senses Wine & Food Experience, as well as a newly-introduced wine and coffee tasting.
Enjoy the historic setting and feel at the Laborie Heritate wine estate.
With outdoor dining in the beautiful Paarl Valley, the Stoep Restaurant at Laborie offers scenic views of the surrounding vineyards.
Enjoy tantalising meals at the Stoep Restaurant.
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