PARQUE GONZALEZ HONTORIA
The "Feria Del Caballo" is celebrated at the PARQUE GONZALEZ HONTORIA.Constructed in 1902 to host the Fair, the fairgrounds are massive , with a total of 52,000 square metres of space to accommodate the spectacle in which hundreds of riders participate in this traditional Spanish Horse Festival.
Rows of "Casetas" or bars line the parade areas.
Cafe, Bar and Restaurant Etiquette
In Jerez and Andalucia at least you pay for your drinks and food AFTERWARDS. So you sit down they ask you what you want, after a while (don't expect quick service) they bring you what you ordered, even if it is just a coffee or a few beers and at the end you ask for the bill (la cuenta).
I think this is quite trusting as it would be easy enough to walk away without paying, especially if you aren't used to this way or paying for your drinks.
If it is more of a bar you go at night maybe you have to go and ask for your drink, but in most places it is still normal to pay afterwards. In this way the round system works differently, your friends go up and ask for the drink, but at the end you can pay for what you have drunk.
Tipping isn't normal for bars or cafe's but if you want to leave something I'm sure they wouldn't be offended!!!!!!!
In Restaurants it is normal to leave the loose change but it is not assumed that you will leave a tip at all and it certainly isn't expected that you pay up to 15%. My advice is leave a good tip if the service has been great, if it hasn't been satisfactory then you don't have to leave anything.
Fish, seafood and more fish !
We returned to Taberna La Alameda in May 2006, intending to have a light lunch.
The waiter knew his stuff though, and persuaded us to try their Paella de Mariscos at 7.50 euros each - and very good it was too ! There were prawns, king prawns, squid, mussels and other shelfish in it, all kept simmering hot in a big pan by the serving hatch.
Taberna La Alameda specialises in fish, and the menu contains many different dishes. To name a few there was :-
Grilled bream, sole, sea bass, swordfish and cuttlefish
Fried squid, cuttlefish, anchovies, merluzzo (Hake) and acedias (Plaice) (thanks Kerry)
Shrimp, lobster, prawns, scallops, mussels....... and more ! And that's just the seafood/fish section !
We also had drinks, coffee, water and the cover charge all included in our bill of 22 euros.
Doñana National Park
The National Park is not in Jerez, but is a half hour bus journey away in Sañlucar.
It used to be the hunting grounds for the Kings of Spain until General Franco's time. Fortunately he did hardly anything to it and it now belongs to the state. So it has remained one of the few untouched landscapes in Spain with wetlands, pine forests, beaches and dunes where wildlife can flourish.
Doñana comprises delta waters which flood in winter and then drop in the spring leaving deposits of silt and raised sandbanks and islands. These conditions are perfect in winter for geese and ducks. In spring they attract hundreds of flocks of breeding birds. In the marshes and the cork-oak forests you've a chance of spotting grey herons, lanner falcons, ring and turtle doves, partridges, oxpeckers, cattle egret, storks and vultures. You may catch a glimpse of a Spanish Imperial Eagle, ( only 14 breeding pairs).
The only way to view the park is by guided walks. The riverboat, Real Fernanando, leaves from Sañlucar twice a day in high season and once a day November to February. It tours the coast of the national park and makes several stops for everyone to get off and go on guided walks to select places that does not disturb the wildlife.
You must book in advance. Imprescindible haver reserva. We got the hotel receptionist to do this on our behalf and she put the cost of the ferry trip on our hotel bill.
The El Laga' de Tio Parrilla is a professional restaurant with dancers, singers and musicians. I got a discount ticket from the hostel that included 2 free drinks - got both of them in one glass at the same time :)
A very good show. I could swear that the dancer in red is the same one that I saw in Granada couple of nights ago, but here she was one of the two soloists and did a much better job. With the hostal ticket I also got a great seat, front and center.
Taxi there and back Euro 5 each way. All told same cost as the for show in Granada, but here included 2 drinks. There of course the cost included the walking tour of Albycian - equals out nicely.
Shows Monday - Saturday at 22.30 (10.30 PM).