Jerez de la Frontera Spain
The Jerez de la Frontera region produces, in my opinion, the best Sherry
in the world- but don’t take my word for it, go and visit!
This is sherry country or “Jerez” as the
locals call it. Located deep in the south of southern Spain. Jerez
de la Frontera is south of Seville and just east of Cadiz. The area around Jerez is flat with some
rolling hills. The countryside is filled
with vineyards but the best are centrally located in the city of Jerez.
With a population around 200,000 it is the
fifth largest city in Andalucia. Jerez
even has its own airport making it very convenient
to get to especially for
flights within Europe. It is also a stop
along the rail line connecting Cadiz and Seville. I highly recommend taking the train to Jerez
if you are not flying directly there.
The train is cheap, clean, and comfortable get on or connect at
Seville’s Santa Justa train station and
get off at Jerez.
Jerez de la Frontera named so because it was the frontier
between the muslim and Christian rulers.
While it has been centuries since they have been a frontier, the name
While wine is their main source
of business Jerez de la Frontera is also known for its horsemanship and has
begun to expand in tourism. Home to the
Andalusian Centre of Flamenco, its Holy Week, and Horse Fair in May it attracts
tourists from all over the world.
Things To Do and Attractions in Jerez de la Frontera Spain
- Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art - If you are a
horse lover this stop is a most. Royal
Andalucian School of Equestrian Art on select days puts on shows for visitors
showing off the well trained andalucian horses in the ancestral baroque style
of Spanish horsemanship. Watch them
jump, dance, and prance into your heart.
It is also possible to watch the performers train on off performance
days along with get a tour of the stables. Location: Avda. Duque de Abrantes
Alcazar - Origninally built in 11th century this moorish
palace had a moat that has long since been filled in. After the Christian reconquest it became home
to the local Christian mayors. Today it
is a tourist attraction with a pretty garden, mosque, tower, and arab
baths. Worth a quick look especially to
see the Camara Oscura located in the tower.
Camara Oscura - Well worth the visit to the Alcazar to finish
off the visit with this panoramic visualization of the city. The Camara Oscura gives a 3 dimensional
picture of the city.
- Hammam Andalucia Arrab Baths - Great place to relax after a
day of drinking and sightseeing.
Experience the hot, cold, and medium waters of Arab baths.
González Byass - Maker of the famous Tio Pepe sherry gives a
relaxing 1.5 hour tour where you get to learn about the Sherry making
process. It is no longer produced on
site as they have a huge facility outside of town for their everyday
production. The grounds are pretty, with
a little vineyard, and a cask of wine barrels signed by famous people from
across the world. Sample some sherry and
light tapas at the end of the tour.
Careful, sherry is much stronger than normal wine.
Gonzalez Byass wine tour
- Lustau Winery - Started in 1896 by Don José Ruiz-Berdejo and
later expanded by his son-in-law Don Emilio Lustau Ortega . Lustau continued to grow and under the
management of Rafael Balao the company started concentrating on quality. Lustau winery offers tours Monday through
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Jerez de la Frontera Cathedral - Located on the grounds of
what used to be a mosque. Take note of the churches nice doorways when
you enter with the immaculate conception in the center. The building was a Collegiate church unitl
1980 when the pope made it a cathedral and Jerez a diocese. Inside the church huge colums rise to the
ceiling like giant sequoia trees in a forest.
The main alter is not as ornate as others you will find across Spain but
it works well here.
- Sandeman Bodega - Got its start in 1790’s in London by a
Scottman who started trading in wine and eventually established himself in
Cadiz. Sandeman was one of the first
companies to trademark their barnd in 1877.
Today the Sandemans are still family owned and welcome quest to tour the
bodega. Its tour goes through the sherry
making process and you get to tour the bottling facility. Two wine samples at the end of the tour.
Harvey Bodega - Started in 1796 in Bristol, England and best
known for the Harvey’s Bristol Cream a blend of 50 different soleras. it too offers a wine tour that goes through
the sherry making process and allows you samples at the end.
Where to Eat in Jerez
Reino De Leon Gastrobar
Calle Latorre, 8, Jerez de la frontera
This cute little
restaurant on a side street in Jerez puts a new spin traditional Spanish plates. It has a cute atmosphere with trendy dishes
and a romantic atmosphere.
consistorio 16, Jerez
De La Frontera, Spain
Cruz Blanca is extremely
popular with the locals with is excellent traditional Spanish dishes. The outside patio provides a relaxing
atmosphere in which to enjoy your meal.
Meson del Asador
La Cruz Roja, 80, 11407
Jerez De La Frontera www.mesondelasador.com
Asador is a meat lovers paradise but they do have other options. Located on a smaller side street so it might
take some looking to find but worth the effort.
Where to Stay in Jerez
Hotels in Jerez
Hostels in Jerez
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