Paarl & around
Paarl: derived from Parel, (meaning Pearl in Dutch) is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
Its the third oldest European settlement in the Republic of South Africa (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and the largest town in the Cape Winelands. It is situated about 60 kilometres northeast of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province and is renowned for its haunting scenic beauty and deep horticulture heritage.
Paarl gained international attention when, on 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Correctional Centre in Paarl ending 27 years of imprisonment. Paarl hosted a match from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. The district is particularly well known for its Pearl Mountain or “Paarl Rock”. This huge granite rock is formed by three rounded outcrops that make up Paarl Mountain and has been compared in majesty to Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) in Australia.
Paarl normally receives about 500mm of rain per year receiving the lowest rainfall in February and the highest in June. The overall climate in Paarl is warm with a Mediterranean influence.