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Jerez Mini Guide
Jerez in a Nutshell
Jerez de la Frontera is a city between sea and mountains in the Cadiz
Province in southern Spain. It is well known for its production of sherry and its famous white horses and equestrian school. Tourism is relatively new there, now Jerez prides itself on being home to sherry and horses, as well as the much loved flamenco and festivals. Its name is derived from the Arabic ‘sherish’, which you can see relates to both ‘Jerez’ and ‘sherry’.
How do I get to Jerez?
You can use the AVE high speed train to connect with many towns in Spain. Jerez has its own airport, 5 km from the city, so if you arrive there it is easy to take a bus or drive to the centre.
What Should I see?
Visit the Alcazar, a Moorish fortress that has been partly restored. You can stroll in the interior gardens and see the old mosque and baths. The Cathedral of San Salvador is interesting architecturally as it was built in the 17th century using gothic, baroque and neoclassical styles. Inside you can see the painting of ‘The Sleeping Girl’ by Zurbaran.
Can I see the Horses and Taste the Sherry?
Absolutely! Try to see a show at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art where you will see a fantastic display by the famous dancing white stallions. Next, take a wine tour and taste the finest sherry at one of the many bodegas in the city. Don’t miss out on the passion for flamenco here – go to the Andalusian Centre of Flamenco and learn about the art and history of the dance and song. At night time see the art in action at one of many tapas bars or restaurants in the city.
Still Have Time?
You can visit the Atalaya Watch Museum, where over 300 clocks and watches from around the world are displayed.
Can you Tell me About the Food?
Most of the best restaurants and bars are located in and around Plaza Juan de Dios, close to the port area. If you like seafood, you will love the choices available to you - try local red snapper or a lobster salad. Sea anemones and shrimp omelette are also popular dishes. For the adventurous, try wild boar braised in Rioja or bull’s tail stew, a local speciality not quite to everyone’s taste.
They Like Festivals in Jerez, Don’t They?
The biggest festival is probably the Feria del Caballo or Horse Fair that takes place in May. There are little ‘castelas’ where you can enjoy the local food and drink or join in the dancing. Opposite there is a funfair and carnival stands to browse. The Flamenco Festival is an important event for the city and attracts people worldwide. It is held in Barrio de Santiago in February and March, should you be lucky enough to be there. In September, the mood turns to harvest time where there are wine parties and an optional visit to a bullfight.
- Until March 9th the city is hosting the Jerez Festival, dedicated to the art of Flamenco. As well as the traditional dance, you'll get the chance to see the new Fusion Flamenco and further innovations that take the historic dance into the 21st century