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A Town for All Seasons
Stellenbosch is the second-oldest and undoubtedly the most scenically attractive and historically preserved town in southern Africa.
The name conjures up images as few other towns or cities can. History is reflected in the neo-Dutch, Georgian and modern-Victorian architecture that encompasses simple lines, fine detail and elegant proportions that bear witness to a proud and dignified heritage.
Oak-lined streets, where jagged lines of trees etched against white walls transform the streets into soft, shady tunnels, offer welcome relief from the hot sun.
The town’s academic history has its roots in the early nineteenth century when the Stellenbosch Gymnasium, the forerunner of today’s internationally renowned centre for education, the Stellenbosch University, was established.
Stellenbosch is a centre for ‘clean’ industry and is a sought-after location for business, ranging from entrepreneurs to major international companies, many of which have their head office in the Town of Oaks.
There is a small-town atmosphere and leisurely lifestyle surrounded by nature’s bounty, yet Stellenbosch is no more than half an hour’s drive from the cosmopolitan buzz of Cape Town and endless stretches of pristine white beach are within 15 minutes' drive.
The mild weather and unique terroir is ideal for wine-growing and the region has amassed many international awards over the years. The first Wine Route was established in 1971 and comprised 17 cellars; today the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes boasts more than 200 members.
Brandy, one of South Africa’s finest products, is distilled in many cellars throughout the winelands.
The tranquil, friendly town offers a plethora of activities and events for young and old, the adventurer, nature-lover, music and art-lover, and history buff. The unsurpassed scenery with views over vineyards, mountains and orchards, offers excellent photographic opportunities.
Stroll along the streets and secluded lanes and savour the atmosphere, mingle with the locals at an open-air coffee shop or bistro, or titillate your taste buds with fine local fare or international cuisine at one of the many restaurants and eateries.
Hike through vineyards and along mountain trails that have been the source of inspiration to poets and artists for centuries.
At the end of your day, relax at one of the many health resorts and spas located in the town, amid rolling vineyards, or set snugly against the foothills of majestic mountains.
In an atmosphere where art, music, theatre, outdoor living and adventure reigns, what more could anyone want?