Paarl is situated about 40-minute drive outside Cape Town, at the foot of the second-largest granite outcrop in the world. Paarl has one of the longest main roads in the country – at about 11km – and it’s lined with some lovely old buildings. One can visit the Afrikaans Language Museum or drive up to the Afrikaans Language Monument. There are numerous lovely wineries, some of which also make homemade cheeses and liqueur brandy. Olive farms produce olive oil and various varieties of bottled olives and Paarl is filled with lovely restaurants. There is an excellent paragliding launch site off Paarl Rock or one can ride up the back of Paarl Mountain, do a wine tasting horse trail, or even trundle through the vineyards in a horse-drawn cart. The summer holiday months are December and January, which is when Bantry Bay area is a very popular hotspot. Autumn months are in May and June, when the days are warm and nights much cooler. The winter months which bring much rain are from the beginning of July to the end of September.