I've been living here in Jerez for several months. In Jerez I found many things to do and to see. I particularly love the Hammam. At least once a week I go there to enjoy those baths. Three different temperatures: cold, warm and hot. Staying in the water is kind of being caressed by sweet hands. I can't really describe the sensation I feel when I go out and come back to real life. It's like I had been in an other world for an indefinable time. I always try relaxing massage. There are many services to choose: exfoliation, chocolate bath, Andalus bath. It's a must!
Compared with other activities of this kind it is not expensive at all. They give you everything you need for the experience.
If you want to live an exciting and unique experience, enjoying of the incredible views of the strait of Gibraltar, Alcornocales' Natural Park, Doñana's National Park, sherry vineyards...you cannot lose the opportunity to fly over the province of Cadiz, the province who has a huge variety of beautiful landscapes that can be seen in a sight. Also Bay Flight offers you the chance to be an authentical pilot for a day, being yourself who decides what to see.
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).
My husband and I had a great time visiting this small but interesting zoo. We went on a beautiful day in May which made the visit that much nicer. We also went on a school day, so although there were several school groups visiting, we were among one of only a few other patrons. I don't know if this zoo is typically busy or not, but we had the place all to ourselves. People who loves zoos, will likely love this one for the fact that the animal are in very observable habitats. The size is nice, so you could spend around 2-3 hours with out feeling rushed or too tired. There is a tourism parking lot on the hill, down from the entrance of the zoo, so for 1 euro you can park and walk to the entrance, which is very convenient. My favorite thing was feeding peanuts to the elephant. You can buy peanuts at the food vendors, or just pick up a few from the ground. I could have done this all afternoon! The worst part was the entrance fee, 9 euro for an adult ticket. So, if that isn't a factor, spend the money and go to the zoo!
Jerez station is wonderful – especially the coloured tiles covering the walls along platform 1. It’s interesting to reflect that in spite of the enormous difference between this and, say, the ironwork of King’s Cross, in a way they embody very similar values and express similar “messages” - local pride, the symbolic value of the station, and the mutually beneficial relationship, as they saw it then, between art and technology. There’s a good cafeteria too, and they're very, very helpful iat the information desk.
(It was here, when asking about trains to Seville, that I realized that many local Spanish trains don’t exist on the Deutsche Bahn website, which is the site The Man In Seat 61 suggests and I normally rely on for all continental train times. For full, up-to-date Spanish timetables you have to go the RENFE site - http://www.renfe.es/horarios/english/index.html)
An absolute treat and a must do while visiting Jez de la Frontera is a visit to Hammam Andalusi or arab baths, wonderfully relaxing on a hot day. 3 plunge baths varying in warm,hot and ice cold.This can be had on its own, or varying treatments available such as aloe vera full body exfoliation,clay bath or chocolate mask,massages, etc.And what excellent value compared with prices in Uk,Ireland France and other parts of Europe are extremely good.Open 7 days a week and sessions start at 10am and at 2 hour intervals til they close at 10pm.
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 tourist train starts from the Plaza Arenal, close to the Alcazar. It is parked across from the Colegio Publico just behind the statue of of Miguel De Cervantes.
It has 4 different routes, at different hours.
Starting at 10 am it leaves once an hour.
Each hour it travels along a different route.
Then begins again at 1800 hours repeating the 4 different routes that it travels in the morning.
Runs every day except Sunday.
La Cartuja, is a monastery called also El Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de la Defension (The Monastery of Our Lady of Defense).
It belongs to the Cartesian Order and no one can enter but everyone can see the exterior and garden, which is well worth the trip
The monastery was founded by Don Alvaro Obertos de Valeto in 1453.
He was a noble of Jerez and the construction started in 1478. The basic plan of the monastery was Gothic, but the construction took a long time, and is a mixture of styles.
Timetables: 9.30-11.15am and 12.45-6.30pm. Closed: public holidays.
I took an Arabic bath in the centre of Jerez, and have nothing but positive feedback for this hydrotherapy....
The place is beautiful, and must be the quietest place Ive been to in noisy Spain.
After changing into your bathing gear (forgot yours? Don't worry the helpful staff will furnish you w' one - and not one your granny would wear either)...step into a laguna of luxurious calm w' three different pools all of different temperatures - the medium and hot pools are filled to your thighs, n you can't help but adopt child like poses - which fit nicely w the feutus position you can't help but adopt in the oh so cold pool...now, here's the big tip......
..........to benefit fully, you must do the hot bath / cold bath thing as many times as you can take it (the cold one's a killer, but the rewards are over the good and the bad). What a charge to the system...your realigned mentally and physically....n those child like poses...well there is a feeling of non-hippyish re-birth...or renaissance if you prefer.
Your skin will feel softer afterwards as it's expelled toxins, you'll be tired after all this detoxification...so don't have too much planned for afterwards. (Remember the skin can expulse as much toxins in an hour, as your kidney's take 24 hours to do...and the kidneys are working super hard at the same time - the cold water charges into the internal organs).
The music / the decor / the lighting / the sweet tea that appears half way through / the staff - all tranquilly spot on....
I'm addicted...i felt so peaceful afterwards....next time im going to have the massage too.
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