Franschhoek is located within the heart of the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, an Internationally proclaimed UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The area has a unique natural environment and cultural history, boasts an abundance of animals and plant species, and hosts a number of important water resources. Visitors can enjoy numerous walks and mountain biking trails in the surrounding mountains. For a wine tour with a differencehop onto a horse or a bicycle and visit a few of the Vignerons de Franschhoek. For a more memorable adventure join one of the many knowledgeable guides in the area. Also experience the diversity of this beautiful valley by visiting the Franschhoek Rond en Bont Route. The various communities are eager to share their heritage and the rich cultural history of the valley. Dwarsrivier, a neighbouring region of Franschhoek, and just one of the many attractions on this route, shares many freedom stories with the valley. Covering a large area of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, the route also includes communitiessuch as Wemmershoek, Bosbou, Groendal, Mooiwater, Tyotyombeni, neighbouring farms as well as the town Franschhoek. The route is available throughout the year and offers visitors a diverse range of cultural and modern experiences, which include wine tastings in a shebeen, arts and crafts, traditional cuisine as well as a social history museum. In true French spirit Franschhoek is a village that loves a good celebration. If you are in the area in July, visit Franschhoek over the weekend closest to Bastille Day (14th July) when the village celebrates its French heritage with a wine and gourmet fair, and much more. Franschhoek also boasts a number of other exceptional wine, gourmet, art and outdoor festivals and events that lure visitors with their style andjoie-de-vivre throughout the year.