Durbanville was founded in the early 19th century around a freshwater spring and was primarily a watering station for travellers between Cape Town and the interior. This town is filled with activities and adventures that are there for both tourists and locals to enjoy.
Diemersdal Wine Estate should be your first stop as it is a sixth generation owned winery and wine farm which produces award winning wines. It is a well known landmark in the Durbanville Valley, which is one of the Cape’s oldest wine regions. With 180 hectares of vines, Diemersdal provides the perfect setting for the production of unique wines, and there is no better backdrop for tasting them either. Enjoy the flavours of the countryside and the relaxing farm ambiance in an old stable that has been converted into Diemersdal Farm Eatery. Here locally grown and regionally sourced produce inspire chef Martin De Kock to blend his classical French training with the flavours of Provencal France, Spain and a touch of Asia. A perfect menu to compliment the wine on offer.
Cooking courses at The Little Pink Chef is a fun and yummy way to spend some time in Durbanville. After more than 10 years’ experience as a chef, travelling and cooking around the globe, Maryke Josling decided to share her passion for great food. There is a wide range of different courses like Spanish tapas, Chocoholic, Sushi, South African cuisine, Kids cooking and many more. http://www.tlpchef.co.za/
Rust-en-Vrede art gallery houses a clay museum as well as various art studios to wander through. The clay museum offers 90 small ceramic pieces by various potters, which may be bought by visitors as souvenirs.The gallery complex also houses the Gallery café where you can rest your weary legs while indulging in light meals with a Mediterranean flair, served in the dappled shade of the courtyard. http://www.rust-en-vrede.com/
The Barnyard Theatre offers professional upmarket theatre productions in a cosy, relaxed social environment where friendship, food, wine and brilliant entertainment all come together. This venue is kids friendly, so bring them along if the show is something that they would be interested in. Shows include local and international plays and musicals, live bands as well as special circus productions. http://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/westerncape/see-a-show-at-the-barnyard-theatre/
Feel like doing something a little bit more active and maybe even extreme? How about going on a microlight scenic flight over the gorgeous Western Cape terrain? This is the best way to take advantage of the West Coast, its shores and the stunning farmlands of the region. Sunrise remains the best flying time as the weather is usually at its calmest, and the fresh air and breaking light makes for idyllic circumstances. Remember to bring along your camera.
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The Galileo Open Air Cinema is a magical outdoor movie experience. The cinema is in the Hillcrest Quarry, and promises a gorgeous venue with spectacular views. Surrounded by mountains, manicured gardens and a huge lake, visitors can look forward to a great movie that starts at sunset that turns into a ceiling of stars, with fabulous food and drinks at the market. Of course, the movie is the highlight. http://thegalileo.co.za/venues/hillcrest-quarry-durbanville/
Rose season at the Durbanville Rose Garden is a sight and smell to behold. A stroll around the fountain, under the gazebo and past the rockery is a soothing experience with Sunday afternoon tea being served in the clubhouse October through May.
If exercise is your thing the Tygerberg Mountain Biking Trails is the place to go. The club has designed an integrated network of trails over 120 km of linked routes through the Durbanville hills. There is a variety of rides all with their own challenges and unique features for you to choose from. No matter your competence level, there will be a ride to suite you and your requirements. http://www.tygerbergmtb.co.za/