Worcester, which is the largest town in the Western Cape, is surrounded by the Brandwacht, Overhex and Langeberg Mountains ranges and overlooks the verdant valleys of the nearby wine districts. Being the largest town in the Western Cape, Worcester is not only the administrative capital of the Breede River Municipality but is also the commercial epicentre for surrounding areas. With its several malls and illustrious corporate sectors, Worcester is popular among retail shoppers and opportunistic businessmen.
Located just 120 kilometres away from Cape Town, city dwellers visit the town to escape their fast-paced lifestyle. While a fast-growing town, the 7500 residents who live here enjoy it for its tranquil setting, beauty and easy way of life.
While walking down the tree-lined Main Street, visitors can marvel over the ornate, historical buildings that date back to the 1840's. Despite being aged, they are, for the most part, in pristine condition. A popular tourist attraction is the Dutch Reformed Church, a national monument that is known for its unique architecture. With its Gothic Revival design, topped with a tin steeple, the building is hard to miss and worthy of a visit. Other religious orders in the area include a mosque and an old synagogue - making Worcester a town that is accepting off all denominations.
Visitors will be enthralled by the old Victorian and Cape Dutch-styled cottages in the area - some of which have been converted into Bed and Breakfasts and Guest Houses. If you're looking to extend your visit, cheap accommodation is also available to holidaymakers on a budget - providing a comfortable night's stay without the added costs.
While boasting an impressive cultural heritage, Worcester is also known by wine connoisseurs for having the largest wine route in the country - stretching from Robertson all the way to Villiersdorp. Furthermore, it produces one-fifth of South Africa's wine, making it one of the most important wine-making areas in the country.
If you're looking for a bit of fun, the Worcester casino, known formally as the Golden Valley Casino, is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Gamblers can try their luck at the 220 slot machines, American Roulette Table, or enjoy a drink at the 'Winners Sports Bar'.
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