Between the Cape Overberg and the Klein Karoo lies this charming, remote farming village. Famous for its abundant fruit orchards, world-class vineyards, wild proteas and stunning scenery, Barrydale is exquisitely peaceful and a true gem in the Overberg region.
Barrydale is uniquely diverse in both its natural surroundings as well as its people. Summer here is hot and blue-skied, the landscape coloured by the ripening of the abundant fruit orchards. In autumn the wild proteas come into blossom. Winter often brings snow to the surrounding peaks of the Langeberg Mountains, and the simultaneous flowering of the Klein Karoo. This extraordinary natural beauty draws people from all walks of life, from artists to farmers to restaurateurs, and the community of Barrydale is a varied and friendly one. Despite the growth of the town and its popularity as a local tourist destination, Barrydale has retained the charm and tranquillity of a quiet country hideaway.
Barrydale offers a stunning variety of outdoor activities, including mountain hikes, hot water springs, bird watching walks through the indigenous fynbos and even fresh water fishing.
For the more creative at heart, there are pottery and art classes available, as well as stores selling local crafts such as handmade jewellery or rugs. One can take part in a photography walk, attend a Yoga class or embark on a peaceful walking meditation at the local labyrinth.
Barrydale lies en route to the R62 – the longest wine route in the world. It is also one of the highlights of the Cape Brandy Route. The historic Barrydale Cellars produce award winning brandies as well as a variety of wines, and there are plenty of world-class wine farms scattered throughout the area.
Restaurants in Barrydale vary from wholesome country fare and casual local cafes to upmarket Karoo cuisine.