Parys is an attractive town located in the Northern Free State region of the Free State Province. Parys is the ideal breakaway from the city life as it is close enough for weekends way, however quiet enough to feel like you can relax. Read about holidaying in the Free State in our Article Section. There are a large number of art galleries, antique and gift shops in the town which has become a popular settlement for many artists who have made Parys their home. The town has suddenly become one of the most sought after areas for property investment.
Just outside Parys is a farm cultivating South Africa's only black raspberries which visitors can have the experience of picking berries straight off the bushes during harvest season March - November. Parys is known for the Vredefort Dome, a large asteroid impact site. The dome is South Africa's 7th World Heritage Site. Every year on the first weekend in November, the Parys Dome Adventure Festival takes place. With craft stalls, adventure activities, sports and music, it is quickly becoming one of the top outdoor festivals in the country!
Parys is the only place along the Vaal River that you will find rapids, this makes it great for water sports enthusiasts, with white water rafting and kayaking as the firm favourites. The town has a lot to offer visitors to the area, it has unique geology with a diversity of flora and fauna. The town offers all the amenities and luxuries of a city, however retains its magical small town charm.
Accommodation options in Parys are varied and plentiful, ranging from luxurious hotels and resorts to self-catering chalets and cabins. There are also plenty of camping sites available, perfect for those looking for a more rustic experience. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or an adventure-filled family holiday, Parys has something suitable to offer every kind of traveler