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Constantia is one of the oldest and quietest suburbs of Cape Town, famed for its unrivaled beauty and wine estates, in particular the estate of Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest producing wine farm. A 20-minute drive from the CBD, the Constantia Valley offers something for everyone, from wine tasting, cellar tours, and outdoor markets, to mountain ranges and greenbelts offering breathtaking photo opportunities. There are also a range of shops to explore and exciting outdoor activities for fitness enthusiasts.
Dating back to 1685, Constantia is the oldest wine region in South Africa, boasting eight award-winning wine estates and boutique wineries. The area’s climate favors the production of white wines, notably sauvignon blanc, and it is renowned for sweet wines that first won acclaim during the 17th century. Many of the wine estates boast panoramic views of the valley and offer wine tasting, cellar tours, and casual dining at on-site restaurants. There are also a number of companies that offer wine route tours for your enjoyment. Be sure to visit Groot Constantia, the very first South African wine farm, and indulge in wine tasting and gourmet food al fresco.
The Constantia Village Shopping Center is the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy. Here you’ll find a variety of fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, antique dealers, art galleries, lifestyle stores, restaurants, and necessities such as banks, foreign exchange services, beauty salons, and grocery stores. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the Earth Fair Market offers a range of fresh produce and delicious artisan foods from over 40 traders. Be sure to visit the Alphen Antiques & Collectables Market, hosted on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at the Alphen Community Center, where you can pick up a variety of ornate jewelry, antique furniture, and trinkets for yourself or a friend.
Situated in upper Constantia, the Silvermist Mountain Lodge is home to the Cape Town Zipline Tour, one of the longest zipline routes in Africa. This is a must-try activity for adrenaline junkies and adventure lovers. Another action-packed aerial activity can be found at the Acrobranch Adventure Park situated in the lush Constantia Nek Forest. Suitable for children and adults, the unique park allows you to navigate your way through an obstacle course in the trees. The Constantia Uitsig wine estate is home to the Chris Nixon Bike Park, which offers a 2.8-kilometer pump track with jumps and drops to hone your bike-handling skills.
For a lighter, but equally enjoyable, alternative, try one of the many trail-running and walking paths in the Constantia greenbelt, which range from 30 minutes to two hours to complete. The Doordrift Walk, Grootboschkloof, and Diep River trails are perfect for relaxed strolls, allowing you to enjoy the surrounding nature and fresh air, while the De Hel Nature Walk and Klaasenbosch Trail will give you more of a workout. There are also several equestrian schools in the area, offering horseback riding lessons for all ages and levels.
Constantia has a plethora of cafés, bistros, and fine-dining establishments offering a wide selection of dining experiences for all palates. Savor a gourmet meal at the world-renowned La Colombe Restaurant, or soak up the sun while enjoying a glass of wine at any of the wine estate eateries. For a truly unique experience, pop in at the Chart Farm, a charming coffee shop situated on a breathtaking rose farm on the outskirts of Constantia. Enjoy a cup of tea and delicious treats indoors or outside in the sunshine, then take a walk through the garden where you can pick your own roses.