If you haven’t stayed over at Clarens yet, you are missing out! This little gem of a town in the heart of the Freestate is one you need to add to your South African bucket list asap. There’s a reason they call it the jewel of the Freestate!
Clarens is a quaint and enchanting little town with an artsy European vibe. It is as magical as they get. You can enjoy a scrumptious lunch in one of the many restaurants, followed by a stroll down the main street where you can appreciate the local art. Here are our top reasons why you should visit Clarens right now.
The moment you drive into Clarens, you’ll be surprised at the sheer number of coffee shops and restaurants that line the streets. There are so many to choose from, so expect to eat from the time you arrive to when you leave.
The Art Galleries
There are nearly the same amount of Art Galleries as there are restaurants. Clarens is an art lover paradise. You will find Art Galleries everywhere. One Art Gallery that stands out from the rest is the Art and Wine Gallery where they showcase gorgeous art from upcoming and experienced artists. You can also sample a collection of South African wines while you’re there and buy some (at affordable prices) to take home. If you’re serious about art, this is the place for you to visit.
From factory shops offering reduced prices on cosmetics, clothing and fragrances to gift shops offering scarves, jewellery, candles and woven art, you will find anything you want and more in Clarens.
The Clarens Bakery
The Clarens Bakery is a country-style bakery located at “The Base”. Here you will find delicious freshly baked bread, pastries, pies, cakes, and other delicacies to nibble on. Treat yourself to some yummy baked goods. You deserve it!
If you love craft beer, this is the place to visit. Clarens Brewery is famous for its locally brewed beer and old fashioned platters and pub snacks. You are guaranteed a good time.
There are many great options available for accommodation in Clarens but you have to spend at least one night in Rapunzel’s Tower. You can choose self-catering or include breakfast and dinner in your booking.
The Crisp Weather
Not everyone enjoys hot weather. Clarens is known to have chilly weather year-round, making it perfect for long hikes. Even during summer, you can expect a cool breeze so remember to take warm clothes.
Golden Gate Park
In case you didn’t know, Golden Gate National Park gets its name from the golden sandstone cliffs that surround it. It is also famous for its abundance of zebra herds, antelope, rock pools, streams and waterfalls. There is a range of hikes you can take depending on your fitness level.