El Ancla Hotel

Plaza del Mamelon 13, Jerez De La Frontera, 11405, Spain
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Cadiz to Jerez

by PThomas639

What is best way to travel from Cadiz to Jerez? I read that having a car in town is a liability. Taxi? Train? Hire a driver?? Thank you for you help.

RE: Cadiz to Jerez

by formica

bus or train would be OK, too

RE: Cadiz to Jerez

by puerto_lover

Buses are fine. Look for the "COMES" bus station which is near the port. If you want times then find them at www.tgcomes.es
Trains are nice. Some are local ones that stop often - others stop less and get you to Jerez quicker. You can see all the trains and look at the itineraries as well in: www.renfe.es
Alternative is take a boat / ferry over the bay to El Puerto de Santa Maria. If you get the little VAPOR then journey can take under one hour and is fun on a hot day ! There is also a fast catamaran service. At El Puerto you can have a stop and walk to the train station along the river. Or get the bus from outside the train station. But obviously this alternative is when you have plenty of time.
The BAY OF CADIZ transport authority has a web site covering up to Jerez: http://www.cmtbc.com/ (in Spanish)

Travel Tips for Jerez de la Frontera

Food traditions in Jerez

by lomi

What to look out for:

In the market place near Plaza Esteve we saw at least 15 stall holders selling live sea snails (caracole). These were very popular snacks available in all the tapas bars. A glass full of cooked snails and a bread roll could cost about 1-2 euros depending where you go. The local market is an excellent place to learn about the food traditions of the area.

For breakfast we found many tapas bars advertising a muleta and coffee for 2 euros. This is a large fresh bread roll with a decent size piece of jamon serrano (ham preserved in the caves of the serrano), this is served with a jug of oil. We watched the locals spread the oil on their bread before eating it. The coffee was freshly ground, you could have expresso coffee or coffee con leche. One of the best culinary buys of our trip.

Also look out for buñuelos (light, airy fritters) filled with spinach; Rijones al Jerez* (kidneys in sherry sauce; churos (fried dough dipped in sugar); chorizo (spicy sausages); queso (cheese), salmorejo (a gazpacho made with pumpkin, red peppers and tomatoes); banderillas (skewers), especially cordero or cerdo (lamb or pork).

Fish include, atun (wild tuna), squid, cuttlefish roe, urtu, (local bream) baked in salt. Seafood include gambas (Prawns), Norway lobster, king prawns.

*try my recipe for these delicious kidneys in sherry in my general tips (photo awaited) and tell me what you think?

Trains from Jerez to Seville

by alucas

The Andalucian express stops at Jerez. The return fare to Seville was 10.40 euros in 2003, and the journey took just over an hour.

The train was clean and comfortable, but travelling back on a Friday afternoon, the train was quite crowded, mainly with students going home for the weekend !

The current fare (November 2004) is 5.85 euros one way.

Full timetables for Spanish trains, and the latest fares are on the website.

Catedral de San Salvador

by alucas

The Catedral de San Salvedor lies just to the north of the Alcazar. Like many churches and cathedrals in this part of Spain, it was built on the site of the main mosque.

The present cathedral dates from the 18th century, and bridges Gothic, baroque and neo-classical styles. The interior is surprisingly light despite the heavy stone construction. There are several side chapels, and the church has a number of works of art. There are some pictures of the interior in my second tip on the Cathedral.

During the Fiesta de Otono, the first grapes of the sherry harvest are crushed on the cathedral steps.

REAL ESCUELA ANDALUZA DE ARTE ESCUESTRE

by carina.xxx

The Spanish school for horseriding. It is a beautiful building but unfortunately we were too late to see the training of the horses so if you really want to visit make sure you pick the wright moment (the shows are mostly every thursday and is only open untill13 p.m.

Bodegas

by blint

If you come to Jerez then the number one thing to do here as to be to go and visit one of the many wine Bodegas (cellars).

Jerez is the home to sherry, Vino Fino and Brandy and many world known brands come from here such as Harvey's Bristol Cream or 501 Brandy.

In fact the name Jerez means sherry, the Muslims called the town Scheris and that is where we got sherry and the Spanish got Jerez (pronounced herez) from. Jerez was once written Xerez (still present in the name of the football team), therefore was probably pronounced shere(z), the last sound is optional as the locals never pronounce z or s at the end of their words.

Fino is a drink only really famous here in the province of Cadiz, it is like a very sweet white wine. It's taste is not for all, although in the Feria (a local festival) no one will say no to a jug of Rebujito (fino and clear lemonade or bubbly water).

Some of the biggest Bodegas in the area are: Garvey (www.grupogarvey.com), Harveys (www.bodegasharveys.com), Domecq (www.alvarodomecq.com) or of course Tio Pepe.

As you can see a lot of the names sound British and in fact they are. They were traditionally founded or run by Brits. They do all, however, give tours in English, French, German and lots more Languages sometimes including Swedish and Chinese.

Tio Pepe is probably the biggest name in Jerez. The Tio Pepe (Uncle Pepe) bodega can be found at:

Manual Maria Gonzalez, 12 you can also reserve your tour emailing them on reservas@gonzalezbyass.es. If you'd like more information about prices and opening times go to www.bodegastiopepe.com

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