Stay in touch with VT !
No excuses for not logging in to VT. Whilst the better hotels will have internet access that you can use, the costs will be much higher than in an internet cafe, e.g 2 euros for 30 minutes. In the internet cafe I used, it was one euro per hour, minimum 0.50 euros, and charged by the minute. I used Ciber y Locutorio Onda Telecom, which is in Calle Porvera, but there are several around the centre.
Here is a short list, taken from the Jerez town website ( www.turismojerez.com )
Centernet Cibersala, Arcos, 3
Ciber, Avda. Lola Flores
Ciber y Locutorio InfoJerez, San Agustín, 15
Ciber y Locutorio Onda Telecom, Porvera, 18
Ciber/Juegos on line "Juega2", Avda. Puertas del Sur - Edificio Puerta Bahía 4 - D
Ciberbar San Pedro, Bizcocheros, s/n
Cibercafé, Santa María, 3
Ciberenredao, Enrique Domínguez Rodiño - Edificio Huelva
The Big Orange, Mª Antonia de Jesús Tirado - Edificio Soto Real
Xerenet, Zaragoza - Edificio Aladro
So you have no excuses if you are in Jerez !
Jerez - The Feria - by night and at the fairground
Last, but not least, at night the whole parade ground is lit by hundreds of thousands of lights, so bright that night seems to become day.
Finally, if all this is not enough, just beyond the main show ground to the east of the site there is a big modern fun fair with lots of stands and all sorts of different, and quite scary looking rides.
The traditional parade, put beside the kaleidoscope of colours and fantasy of flamenco dress, added to the sheer fun and dancing on the Canestas (stands), and at the Fairground, creates a combination of formality and flamboyance which is quite unforgettable – and very Andalucian.
I have included a travelogue showing a selection of "people pictures" which I hope shows some of the spirit of this event.
Centro Andaluz de Flamenco
As the name says - the centre of Flamenco, full of photos and posters. Everyday u can watch a 1,5 movie about flamenco(in spanish). However, what I found most interesting was the buiding itself, especially its courtyard, so tipical for Andalucia
Royal Riding School - LA REAL ESCUELA, Jerez
If you like horses - go and visist the royal riding school in Jerez. There is a show, almost every day at noon, but it is a good idear to reserve the tickets in advance, for it is quickly sold out. There is a variety of ticket:with some you can only visit the show, with others the show and the museum... it depends on what you want. We bought the cheapest ticket (19 Euro), only for the show and it was great - we didn't miss anything, and there is no use in spending more. You will see a perfect show with wonderfull horses and classical (spanish) music. I liked it very much. Perhaps you combine your visit with a Sandeman Bodega visit, which is just besides the spanish riding school
Osborne sherry billboards
All through Andalusia, but especially in the area around Jerez, you will find these bull-shaped billboards by the side of main roads.
They belonged to a promotional campaign of Osborne sherry in the past, but when they decided to get rid of the billboards people objected, because the symbol had become part of the Andalusian landscape.
Nice detail. Mind the little blue spot by the tail. Apparently this was too small to cut out, so they decided to paint it in the same colour as the most common background for the billboard --> A perfectly blue sky!