Clarens, Free State, South Africa

Windmill Centre in Clarens.
Clarens is situated in the green and mountainous region of the Eastern Free State and is a charming little town close to the Lesotho border. The gem of a town is filled with Victorian style houses built from local sandstone and has become something of an artist’s retreat over the last few years.

The entrance to Clarens is guarded by 'The Titanic', a mammoth rock formation in the shape of the doomed ship. Clarens forms part of the scenic Highlands Route, and is surrounded by mountainous beauty and scenic landscapes. Surrounding the village is the Rooiberge, while further on is the mighty Maluti.Clarens is a lush region, surrounded by many trees, from the light green Willows, to the shades of the Lowland Poplars. Nature lovers will enjoy roaming this area, while artists and photographers will be inspired.

Clarens is home to a myriad of craft shops, restaurants, coffee houses, galleries, studios and shops selling pottery, paintings, woodcarvings, weavings and curios. But Clarens is more than art and culture. The town is also conveniently close to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, offering miles of hiking trails, streams, dramatic cliffs and an abundance of game.Other attractions include some wonderful trails and ancient rock art sites. Clarens is situated close to the Lesotho border, about 120 kilometres from Harrismith on the N3. It can be reached by taking the N5 towards Bloemfontein and turning left at Bethlehem after about 80 kilometres. The closest airport is about 250 kilometres away in Bloemfontein, the capital of the Free State.
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