Less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, the picturesque town of Parys has become a popular destination for those weekend warriors wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Situated in the northern Free State, Parys is a town filled with activities for those with a taste for an adventure or even those who prefer more culturally rich experiences.
Parys is one of the towns in South Africa with the highest per capita investment number and has become one of the most exclusive areas for property investments.
The main agricultural industry around Parys is cattle, peanuts, sorghum, sunflowers, and maize. On the berry farm 20 km from Parys you will find South Africa's only black raspberries (swart frambose), amongst the 80 different berry cultivars. Here you can enjoy the unique experience of picking berries straight off the bush during the harvest season between March and November. Frozen berries are available in and out of season.
There are three beer breweries in die Parys area where honey beer, various ales, stout, buchu beer, weiss beer, pilsner and porter beer are being brewed
There is also an exclusive and small distillery for brandy and liquors. You better stay over if you would like to visit the distillery for the traditional South African "mampoer" where you can taste 52 different kinds.
The town acquired a reputation as an arts and antique hub. Many well-known artists, antique dealers, and craftsmen have made Parys their home.