Get to Know Paarl
As the third-oldest town in South Africa, Paarl and its famous valley brim with local lore and terrific wines.
Paarl’s main road is the longest of its type in the country, leading into this small town with its friendly and welcoming character. This is the home of the Afrikaans language, and the Afrikaans Language Monument (Taalmonument) stands tall on a hill at the entrance to the town.
Just south of the main road runs the broad Berg River, its banks shaded by oak trees planted by the original settlers. The river continues beyond the town and extends into a fertile wine valley, dotted with farms and wine-tasting rooms that have a laid-back, unpretentious atmosphere.