Where is Malmesbury

Malmesbury is located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. 

It's a 68,9km drive on the N7 highway to Cape Town City centre.

In the hart of the Swartland, surrounded by mountains, wheat fields and wineyards, lays the tranquil town of Malmesbury.

Malmesbury got its name from Sir Lowry Cole, who tried to impress his future father in law, the Earl of Malmesbury, by naming the town after him in 1829. The first farms in the area was already allocated in 1703, but Malmesbury only gained municipal status in 1860.

Originally, settlers was drawn to Malmesbury because of the sulphur chloride mineral spring, which was renowned for its healing abilities. Today, the spring is no longer used for medicinal purposes, but the original spring can still be visited in the centre of town.

Malmesbury is the largest town in the Swartland. It has a rural community setting, yet it is close to the major metropolis. The area got its name from the Renosterbos ("rhino bush"), an indigenous plant that turns black in the warm, dry summers.

Malmesbury is best known for its rich grain and wine cultivation. Some of the best wine grapes in the country are grown here. The secret being the cool sea breeze from the Atlantic Ocean. These wineyards and wheat fields contributes to the beautiful setting of this rural but vibrant community. In winter, the town is also surrounded by blazes of yellow fields, when the canola, an indigenous wild flower, is in bloom.

The town is situated 65 km from Cape Town and has a wide variety of activities, making it the perfect weekend get-away. Visitors can overnight in a variety of guesthouses, B&B's, self catering accommodations, farm accommodations or go camping. Not only does Malmesbury host the annual Swartland Food and Wine Festival during winter, but also offers a Historic Route, featuring some of the oldest buildings in the country. For the more adventurous, there are 4 X 4 routes, hiking routes and a variety of other outdoor activities.

Malmesbury also offers a variety of Function & Confrance Centres situated in beautiful surroundings.

Seeing as Malmesbury is situated in the centre of the Wine Route, visitors can go on wine tastings, and sample some of the world's best wines.

But no visit to the Swartland can be complete if you have not been to Malmesbury and herd the friendly locals greet you in their unique accent and herd them "brei" the letter R.

"Welkom in Malmesbuggghhhy."

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