Franschhoek (85km from Cape Town) is best known for its supposed French origins, wine and culinary delights. The valley and dramatic mountains rising up on three sides are beautiful but the town is nothing to jump up and down about. If you come expecting to find an oak-lined mini-Stellenbosch, urban Franschhoek can be a tad disappointing, comprising a sunbaked main street of B&Bs and restaurants sporting posh names that not even locals can get their tongues around. Despite this, Franschhoek is thriving, thanks to savvy marketing and the attention shown by tour buses and foreign investors. Although accommodation consists almost entirely of upmarket guesthouses, all has not been lost to foreign currency as there are still a number of affordable self-catering options scattered about the valley.