Stellenbosch is South Africa's second-oldest town and was founded in 1679 and named after the Dutch governor, Simon van der Stel. Only about 55km east of Cape Town, Stellenbosch is in the heart of the winelands and with its oak-lined streets, water furrows and beautifully preserved historic buildings, it is the country's best-known wine-producing area and is a very important university town.
The cultural heritage of Stellenbosch can only be appreciated by taking a stroll down Dorp Street, which has one of the longest rows of historic buildings in the country. Art-lovers should not miss Oom Samie se Winkel and the Rembrandt van Rijn Art Museum in the historic Libertas Parva homestead. Whether you spend the night in Stellenbosch or just passing through, this beautiful, vibrant and social little town is well worth the visit.
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