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Alphen Hotel Conference Venue
Silvermist Mountain Lodge Estate Conference Venue
The Cellars-Hohenort Conference Venue

constantia cape townLocated at the centre of the Cape Peninsula, only minutes from the centre of town, Constantia Valley is Cape Town's secret rural retreat and the perfect place to escape, away from the hustle and bustle of city-life.

Constantia is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, situated about 15 kilometres south of the centre of Cape Town. The Constantia Valley lies to the east of and at the foot of the Constantiaberg mountain. Constantia Nek is a low pass linking to Hout Bay in the west.

Constantia is one of the oldest suburbs of Cape Town and is famed for its wine. The estate of Groot Constantia (Great Constantia) was established in 1684 by the Dutch Colonial Governor of Cape Town, Simon van der Stel, and other notable wine farms in the area include Buitenverwachting , Klein Constantia and Constantia Uitsig . Before the twentieth century, the region was noted for its exports of Constantia, a sweet dessert wine. Many years ago the trade was crippled by the arrival in the Cape of a parasite that attacked the vines.

The area is a major tourist hub outside of the central city area. Apart from its own wine route with centuries-old estates it has a number of fine restaurants with an international flavour such as Pastis (French), La Colombe (French) - ranked among the Top 50 in the world, Constantia Uitsig, Mama Roma (Italian) and more. There are numerous walks and hikes in and around Constantia that include the popular Alphen trail near the Alphen Hotel and the Sillery walk along the Spaanschemacht River. The Tokai forest is also popular with mountain bikers and the arboretum is a lovely spot for tea.

The History of Constantia
The beautiful Constantia Valley takes its name from the farm granted to Simon van der Stel in 1685 by Commissioner van Rheede. It is said that Governor van der Stel named his property after Constanza, the little daughter of his benefactor. We know the entire area now as Constantia. The Governor planted orchards and vineyards.

When van der Stel died in 1712, the farm was subdivided, first into two, Groot Constantia and Bergvliet and then again into Hoop of Constantia and Witteboomen. Alphen was never incorporated because van der Stel died before this could happen. From 1714 Olaf Bergh and his beautiful wife, Anna de Koning, farmed at Groot Constantia and others followed.

Cape Town Suburbs
Bantry Bay, Bellville, Bloubergrant, Bloubergstrand, Brackenfell, Camps Bay, Cape Town Central/City Bowl, Claremont, Constantia, Durbanville, Fish Hoek, Fresnaye, Gordon's Bay, Green Point, Hout Bay, Kenilworth, Lakeside, Melkbosstrand, Milnerton, Muizenberg, Newlands, Noordhoek, Observatory, Parow, Paternoster, Pinelands, Rondebosch, Salt River, Sea Point, Simon's Town, Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Strand, Table View, Tokai, Tygerberg.

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