Darling at a glance
On the way to Darling, you'll be greeted by gorgeous vineyards, gold wheat fields and carpets of lush wildflowers. Don't be fooled by the rustic beauty. Darling has shrugged off its sleepy town vibe. Sure, the usual quaint antique, craft and gift shops and galleries remain. But, the area has transformed into a hotspot for creativity and innovation. You'll find the finest cheeses, artisanal toffee, award-winning beer and a thriving music scene.
A brief history of the area
Like a fine wine, Darling has aged well over the years. In the 18th century, it sprung into life as a close-knit farming community. Darling was named after Sir Charles Henry Darling who came in 1851 to the Cape as Lieutenant Governor. Darling played an important role in World War 2; the first South African Air Force flying unit was based here.
Darling's event calendar has come to include some exciting events. There's the Darling Wildflower Show, the Rocking the Daisies music festival, the Taste of Darling lifestyle festival and the Darling Winter Beer Festival.
The town was recently given a brand-identity makeover. The initiative, "Hello, Darling", is an effort to make the area more of a tourist destination.
Darling's pleasant climate means you'll have pool weather in summer and only need a light jacket in winter. The area has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and cool, moist winters. Temperatures range from a low of 15°C to highs of 27°C.
Schools in the area
In Darling, your child can unlock their full potential. There are a few schools but each one has earned the respect of the community.
Primary schools include Vooruitsig Primary School, Darling Primary School and Darling College.
The nearest secondary schools include Curro Langebaan and Malmesbury's Wesbank Secondary School, Swartland High School and Schoonspruit Secondary School.
Healthcare in the area
For treatment, you can visit Darling Clinic. There also are a few medical professionals like general practitioners, dentists and optometrists.
In keeping with its small-town atmosphere, Darling has a fuss-free retail experience. A quick poke around the city centre will get you groceries, medication, clothing, homeware and furniture. For more choice, head to nearby Malmesbury or Langebaan.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
The driving distance from Darling to Cape Town International Airport is 83,7 km. This will take you roughly an hour and eight minutes to reach your destination.
The area is well-known for its foods; beers, wine, olives and cheese are all locally produced. These help create dishes that will charm your palate. Good options include The Marmalade Cat, Evita se Perron and 1910 The Old Forge.
1. Darling Museum: Stop by to learn about the lifestyle and growth of Darling since the 18th century.
2. Renosterveld Reserve: Throw on a pair of sturdy walking shoes and see this beautiful part of the Darling Wildflower Route.
3. Cloof Wine Estate: The site of the famous Rocking the Daisies music festival, this estate also boasts some of the finest wines in the country.
4. Darling Sweet: This shop specialises in a range of toffees and caramels. If you have a sweet tooth this is a must-visit.
5. Darling Olives: With its Mediterranean climate, Darling produces fantastic olives. Savour their unique flavour at this family-run business.
Make Darling your home. Let it be your story.
Darling's warm hospitality is best reflected by its most famous resident, satirist Pieter Dirk Uys: "When in doubt say 'darling'. If you can't remember their names, just say 'darling'. If you get lost along the road to somewhere, simply ask for Darling".
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