CLARENS – THE JEWEL OF THE EASTERN FREE STATE
The village of Clarens is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Clarens is an Artists haven with many well-known artists either living in or frequenting the village on a regular basis with many art galleries and restaurants scattered around the village square. The tranquil village ambiance combine with scenic views and a mild climate makes for the ideal weekend getaway for city dwellers from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban. These cities are all approximately 300km from Clarens or a comfortable 3 to 4 hours drive away.
The village has become know as the “Jewel of the Free State” – rich in beauty, with an aura of peace and tranquility. Clarens is endowed with more trees than most other Free State towns – the fresh, light green willows and colourful blossoms of the many fruit trees are unforgettable sight in spring time; whilst the magnificent autumn shades of the Lombard poplars attract artists, photographers and nature lovers. The town is known for the many art galleries and craft shops that offer the visitor a wide range of curios and original artwork. Another feature, which adds to the picturesque atmosphere of the village, is the many sandstone buildings.