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The drive directly south from Seville Airport takes about 1 hour 15 minutes through a flat, dry countryside, Spain’s oldest wine growing region, to Jerez de la Frontera.  You could, of course, fly into Madrid and take the train through Toledo, Cordoba and Seville before reaching Jerez.  This has been an area that visitors simply drive through when accessing better known towns and cities but this is an area which is rather special and full of surprises.

Jerez, crowned by a Moorish castle (Alcázer) is the home of Sherry, Flamenco, Equestrianism (the birthplace of the Carthusian horse) and Tabancos (traditional small taveras).  It is a city of 52 picturesque squares, resplendent with cafés and restaurants, 100 palaces and is the 5th largest city in Andalucia with a population of 212,000. Both coast (12km) and mountains are within easy reach.

Jerez has been inhabited since Neolithic times and under the Romans was called Asta Regia. The Arabs conquered the region in 711 and for some of the time ruled it together with Arcos. Under the Almohads in the 12th and 13th centuries the city boomed and the old town developed at this time.  The Castilians, under Alfonso X, conquered Jerez in 1264 and added the words ‘de la frontera’ meaning that this was a frontier town between the Moors and the Christians.

The Discovery of America in the 16th century made Jerez a very prosperous city as a result of its proximity to the ports of Seville and Cadiz. The 17th, 18th and 19th centuries saw a lot of investment and fame as a result of the booming wine trade and the town centre is ringed by world famous sherry producers like Gonzalez Byass, Pedro  Domecq, Sandeman and Lustau.

The blend of moorish, baroque, gothic, renaissance and neoclassical styles within the old town makes Jerez a fascinating city to explore. Jacaranda and orange trees are everywhere.  Many churches, including the spectacular cathedral, were one time mosques.  Jerez comes alive after 7.00pm when the cafés and restaurants buzz with activity and chat.

Finally, one should not leave without a visit to the Andalusian School of Equestrian Art to see those magnificent horses.

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Activities in Jerez

JEREZ

 
Strolling around this city will give you a chance to get to know and discover wine and horse culture first hand. You can visit a wine cellar ‘bodega’ to see how wine is produced, and even go to a wine tasting (Bodegas González Byass, Bodegas Lustau or Bodegas Tradición to name a few).


However, Jerez is not only characterised by its wine and unique architecture but offers much more. It is home to the Carthusian horse, the cradle of flamenco, a city of motor racing and has an historically rich city centre.


With regard to horses, there are two extremely well-known equestrian shows: ‘How Andalusian Horses Dance’, at the Andalusian Royal School of Equestrian Art (Tuesday and Thursday at noon) and ‘Carthusian Horse Studs’ (Saturdays at 11:00).  

  
Jerez offers the very best of Flamenco (daily) in its famous Tablaos, in addition to some very interesting flamenco performances: from flamenco recitals in numerous Peña Flamenca clubs to be found dotted around the city and the traditional Bulería Festival (September), to the famous Jerez International Flamenco Festival which takes place each year (Feb-Mar).

 

  • Wine cellar visit: From £16 per person
  • Andalusian Royal School of Equestrian Show: From £23 per person
  • Carthusian Horse Show: From £18 per person
  • Flamenco Show: From £22 per person

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Well known for its sherry, head to one of the Tabanco's (a type of tavern typical of Jerez) to enjoy this local tipple whilst listening to live flamenco - experiencing life like a local!

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Well known for its sherry, head to one of the Tabanco's (a type of tavern typical of Jerez) to enjoy this local tipple whilst listening to live flamenco - experiencing life like a local!

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