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South Africa

Franschhoek, South Africa.
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If you are looking for a vacation enjoying breathtaking scenery, tasting superb wines and sampling world class cuisine, the Franschhoek Valley, nestled between towering mountains in South Africa's Cape wine lands, is the place for you. Spectacular vineyards cover these mountain slopes settled 300 years ago by the Huguenots, who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture. This is a valley rich in history, rich in tradition and rich in all the good things in life.

Franschoek offers the spectrum of accommodation for the discerning gay and lesbian traveler ranging from internationally renowned gay-friendly auberge's, thatched villas, French-style country gay-friendly guesthouses to self-catering cottages on wine farms. Prices and rates range from budget to luxurious so there is plenty of choice to meet all tastes and budgets of the gay and lesbian traveler.

In the village you will find wonderful crafts, art and antique shops and galleries. The main streets are lined with boutique coffee shops and chic restaurants and as Franschhoek is only 45 minutes from Cape Town, it is a perfect destination as part of a South African vacation or as a base for exploring this beautiful region.

Driving into Franschhoek you will notice that most of the farms still bear their original French names and are usually complete with a spectacular Cape Dutch homestead, towering oaks and manicured vineyards. Cellars range from small boutique wineries that cater for those in search of something unique, to larger cellars that offer organized tours and wine tasting. Choices of wine are equally diverse, ranging from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to rich mellow reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot.

Eight of South Africa's "Top 100" restaurants are in Franschhoek – justifiably named the gourmet capital of the country. Leading chefs create everything from world class cuisine to light meals using the freshest produce of the valley, complemented by wonderful local wines.

For the more energetic there are numerous walking trails in the surrounding mountains, while the La Motte Forestry Station offers hiking, cycling, horse-riding and fly-fishing. There are also a number of trout fishing spots in various streams and dams on the surrounding farms. Locally trained guides are on hand to help you explore the region. For a wine tour with a difference, hop onto a horse and visit a few of the Vignerons de Franschhoek. However, those in favour of a more sedate excursion might enjoy a carriage ride through the village and to some of the wine farms.

So, for gay and lesbian travelers who are lovers of superb cuisine matched with spectacular wines, who enjoy exploring a land rich in culture and tradition, who enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors, then Franschoek, South Africa is the perfect destination.

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