Distance: 120 km north east of Cape Town
Population: +/- 10 000
Scenery: With craggy mountains on three sides, Tulbagh has always been celebrated for the stunning beauty of its setting and its clear air. A diverse flora is abundant all over the valley, with proteas, resteo and buchu growing wild in the mountains and even on the side of the road. The seasons offer great diversity with snow-capped peaks in winter, wild flowers in spring, sultry summer days and balmy evenings in autumn. The town is inundated with peacocks – a huge amusement to the average visitor.
Renowned for: Its beautiful location, its great wines and its rich heritage. The nearby town of Ceres is particularly renowned for its fruit, with a popular cherry harvest lasting throughout November and December.
History: First settled in 1700, Tulbagh has a rich history and boasts some of the most beautiful of early Cape architecture, much of which was damaged during an earthquake on 29 September 1969. The town has a small museum dedicated to the earthquake, and many of the houses and other buildings are open to the public.
Vibe: Friendly and laid back charm. The narrow, tree-lined Church Street, while not the main road of Tulbagh, holds the key to its heart. The residents are justifiably proud of its history and its fine wines, and will happily engage in conversation with visitors.
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