Paarl Tourism

Paarl (/ˈpɑːrl/; Afrikaans: [ˈpɑːrəl]; derived from Parel, meaning Pearl in Dutch) is a city with 191,013 inhabitants in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is the third oldest town and European settlement in the Republic of South Africa (after Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and the largest town in the Cape Winelands. Due to the growth of the Mbekweni township, it is now a de facto urban unit with Wellington. It is situated about 60 kilometres (37 mi) northeast of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province and is renowned for its haunting scenic beauty and deep viticulture and fruit growing heritage. Paarl is the seat of the Drakenstein Local Municipality; although not part of the Cape Town metropolitan area, it falls within its economic catchment. Paarl is unusual in South Africa in that the name of the place is pronounced differently in English and Afrikaans. An unusual feature of the name of the town is that Afrikaners customarily attach the definite article to it: people say in die Paarl ("in the Paarl"), rather than in Paarl. Paarl gained international attention when, on 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela walked out of Victor Verster Correctional Centre (now known as Drakenstein Correctional Centre) in Paarl ending 27 years of imprisonment and beginning the march to South Africa's post-apartheid era and multi-racial elections. Mandela spent three years in prison here living in a private house within the walls. Today, a bronze statue of Mandela stands outside the prison, where he still resides to this day. Paarl hosted a match from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. The headquarters of Ceres Fruit Juices are located in the city, although its namesake, Ceres valley and source of much of the fruit, is around one hour's drive to the northeast. 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. (However, they are not geologically similar. Paarl Rock consists of intrusive igneous rock, while Uluru is a sedimentary remnant).

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This warm abode of Paarl is a delightful place to visit in South Africa. A gripping city on its own right, Cape Town also deserves a visit. Add Cape Town to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like Table Mountain Cableway, Table Mountain, Victoria And Alfred Waterfront. A vacation to Paarl can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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  • Know the pollution level of Paarl before you plan your visit.

    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
  • How safe is Paarl for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Paarl.

    • Burglary and Theft 75 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 70.83 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 70.83 (High)
    • Attacks 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 66.67 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 43.18 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 66.67 (High)
    • Safety Index 31.61 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.19 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 1.72 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 69.44 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.19 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Paarl

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.43 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.31 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 51.65 USD

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