This sheltered valley is home to some of South Africa's most exclusive and sought-after properties. Constantia is known as the 'mink and manure' area of the peninsula.
The area attracts people who are drawn to green open spaces and a tranquil lifestyle in an exclusive setting. Offering a balance between a rural and suburban lifestyle, Constantia attracts both young and established families. Foreigners are particularly attracted to the Constantia Valley, because of the open spaces, lifestyle and convenient proximity to world-class amenities, such as: - Wine tastings at historical farms - Sports Club - Bridal paths and nature trails - World-class restaurants - Easy access to the M3 motorway - 20 minutes to Cape Town CBD, airport and superb beaches - Close to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - Close to leading private schools, namely Reddam House The American International School and Waldorf School - Horse-riding in the Constantiaberg Mountains various mountain walks from Constantia Nek, and strolling among the vineyards is a wonderful way to soak up the splendour of the valley.
Constantia Valley took its name from Groot Constantia, the 2461 hectare farm behind Table Mountain granted to Simon van der Stel in 1685. He later became Governor of the Cape Colony and the farm remained his favourite residence. The manor house at Groot Constantia, furnished with lvely old Cape furniture, is now a museum where visitors can admire furniture and antiques dating back to the mid-1700's and in the Wine Museum, a rare selection of wine wine-drinking and storage vessels dating from between 500BC and 19th century. Seeped in history and reflecting Cape Dutch architecture, this cultural history museum and estate is one of the major tourist attractions of Cape Town, a walk through the hillside vineyards affords the visitor a sweeping view of the valley and False Bay.
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Groot Constantia cultural museum, gift shop, restaurant, conference centre and Wine cellars. Alphen - the heart of a former wine estate, this national Monument has on it the Alphen Hotel, a wine centre, restaurant and a pub.
Constantia Nek - this is the historic route over the mountain between Constantia and Hout Bay. The circle where Constantia Road, Rhodes Drive and Hout Bay meet is a convenient gate-way to easy mountain walks.
Cecelia Forest - this is another mountain gateway above Rhodes Drive, the start of easy (and more strenuous) walks. Fifteen minutes stroll in a northerly direction takes you into the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical garden.
Constantia Craft market - this occurs on the first and last weekend of every month on Alphen Common opposite Constantia Village Shopping Centre.
Farm Stalls - the variety of farm stalls in the Valley are worth a special trip.
Since 1812, the cradle of the Cape Winelands, the Constantia route spans the heart of the historic Constantia valley, an area rich in beauty. Five farms, Groot Constantia, Klein Constantia, Constantia Uitsig, Steenberg Vineyards and Buiterverwagting form part of the original farm. Constantia, granted in 1685 to Simon van der Stel when he was Dutch Governor to the Cape. The cool maritime climate ensures the production of top quality wines including some of South Africa's finest Sauvignon Blancs.