Ceres is named after the Roman goddess of fruitfulness and is the centre of one of the most important deciduous fruit producing areas in South Africa. Ceres is situated 140km or 90 minutes drive from Cape Town.
The town is surrounded by mountains which shelter it completely from the south-easterly wind in summer. Ceres is fortunate to have more that 230 sunny days per year which makes it an ideal tourist destination. The Mediterranean climate results in long, dry, warm summers and wet, cold winters with sunny winter days in between the rainy ones.
The town can only be reached via three mountain passes, namely Michell's Pass from Cape Town and Worcester (R43), the Gydo Pass from the Koue Bokkeveld (R303) and Citrusdal (N7) and Theronsberg Pass from Touwsrivier and the N1 (R46).
San rock paintings, biking trails, 4x4 routes, mountain bike routes, scenic drives, horse riding, fresh water fishing, fruit farm tours and cherry picking in season, nature and game reserves are some of the many attractions the area has to offer. The not so adventurous can relax with a glass of wine, watching the sunset over the valley of fruitfulness.