Prince Albert: The ideal destination for an Easter weekend getaway

From Good Friday on 19 April to Family Day on Monday the 22nd, South Africans are in for the
last long weekend until Youth Day public holiday on Monday, 17 June. If you can, it’s worth
putting in a few extra days’ leave at work in order to make the most of the time off until we enter
the colder winter months.

So, how to spend the mini-holiday? Sitting at home is not going to cut it, but you don’t exactly
have enough time at your disposal to plan a big trip to an international destination either.

Enter the transcendental Karoo village of Prince Albert in the Western Cape. The nearest airport
is in George (95 kilometers from the village), so even if you live up north, getting there need not
be an arduous trip.

The village boasts a large variety of accommodation options, ranging from old colonial
farmsteads and secluded cottages a few kilometers away, to guest houses and a hotel located
smack-dab in its center. Whether you’re looking to rough it and camp out or to be treated to old-
world Karoo luxury, there’s an option that will cater to your specific desires.

The past few years have seen the popularity of the village soar for many reasons, and two
major factors that have contributed to its appeal is:

1) What’s on offer for the outdoors adventurer. The village and surrounds sports some
incredible hiking trails and even a park run. But what is particularly prominent is the reputation of
the area as a cycling mecca. If you feel like bringing your mountain bike and treating yourself to
some incredible off-road Karoo trails, be sure to contact Prince Albert Cycles for some
recommendations advice and cycling gear.

2) The village is home to various artists, all masters of their craft in their own right – from metal
forging and photography to calligraphy and rug weaving. If you feel like picking up something
special to take home, be sure to pay the local Prince Albert Gallery a visit.

Speaking of which, the village also has more than enough to satisfy the shopper in you. Pick up
some Karoo fauna at Renu-Karoo Nursery and Nursery Shop, visit the Prince Albert Olives’

factory shop to get the award-winning olive oil straight from the source, or pick up something
pretty for your home at Cinnamon&Grace.

Prince Albert is also home to world-renowned restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for
freshly baked goods, classic pub-style fare or authentic, home-grown-Karoo cuisine, there’s an
eatery to suit your palate.

For more information on activities and events in and around the village and to book
accommodation for your Easter weekend getaway, visit Prince Albert Tourism’s website at
www.princealbert.org.za. Plus, check out Facebook (@PrinceAlbert.WesternCape), Twitter
(@prince_albert_tourism) and Instagram (@PrinceAlbertZA).

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