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The Swartland town of Malmesbury has much to offer travellers. Its scintillating scenery coupled with its dynamic array of attractions makes it one of the best getaway destinations in the Western Cape. Just 40 minutes from the city of Cape Town, visitors to Malmesbury can look forward to a tranquil environment that boasts magnificent scenic delights and offers total rejuvenation to weary bodies and minds. Malmesbury was initially discovered because its original settlers were drawn to its sulphur chloride mineral spring that was said to have healing powers; today, this charming rural hamlet is a dazzling kaleidoscope of mountain peaks, wheat fields, rare wild flowers in spring, and yellow blazes of canola in the winter. Indeed, Malmesbury is as captivating now as it was back then.
Malmesbury is also known as a premier wine-making destination; the secret to the delicious Swartland bouquets found here is due to the low-yielding bush vines that thrive in dry land vineyard conditions as well as the cool sea breezes that emanate from the Atlantic Ocean. The community spirit of Malmesbury is another factor when it comes to the town’s unique spirit and camaraderie, and this is incredibly evident during the sumptuous annual Swartland Food and Wine Festival that is a decadent and delicious event to say the least. Furthermore, Malmesbury is just a 30 minute drive from the glorious beaches of the Cape West Coast where travellers can enjoy a feast of water-related pastimes, while the prominent towns of Stellenbosch, Wellington, and Paarl are just an hour away and open up a world of endless recreational opportunities.