Bredasdorp, named after Michiel van Breda, was founded in 1838 as South Africa's first town and served as an important center for wheat and sheep farmers in the area. Breadasdorp is situated on a 368m high hill called Preekstoel and is renowned for it's proteas, wild flowers and fynbos that grow in the area. The town has recently grown due to the South African Air Force Missile Testing Range, established in 1986 near Arniston.
Attractions in Bredasdorp include:
Kapula Candles boasts with more than 1000 different candle designs and has a unique home-ware gallery that offers it's visitors hours of shopping.
Arts and Crafts shops like the Antique Warehouse, Craft Corner, Julian Keyser Ceramics, Bredasdorp Square and Twice as Nice are popular Bredasdorp attractions.
Bredasdorp has the only Shipwreck museum in South Africa. It displays hundreds of artifacts, furniture and collectable pieces from shipwrecks all along the South African coastline. The three sections of exhibitions include:
The Foot of Africa Room is a commemorative room for the historical records of the famous Foot of Africa marathon. The 24th marathon took place in 2001.
The Audrey Blignault Room is furnished in honour of Audrey Blignault. She was born in Bredasdorp and enjoys national recognition as a writer, especially on the Bredasdorp area. The Foot of Africa and Audrey Blignault Room form part of the Tourism Bureau Complex.