Nice provincial town, excellently restored fort, too often overlooked and overshadowed by Sevila to the north.
hot in august
A city with a strong Andalusian athmosphere.
Bodega Gonzáles-Byass, located in the center of Jerez de la Frontera, was established in 1835 by Manuel María González Angel and Robert Blake Byass – and the company is still run by the Gonzalez family. It is today one of Spain's most well-known sherry bodegas, and they own the famous Tío Pepe brand. The visit starts with a guided tour of the...more
A visit to THE ALCAZAR is a must. This Moorish fortress/ palace was built by the Abbadid rulers in the early 10th century and later converted into a Christian stronghold. This complex covers a surprisingly small area, but has a mosque (subsequently used as a church), Arab baths, several towers (one of which is octagonal), pretty gardens with a...more
If you like horses, well a bit more than if yours wins the 3.30 at Aintree then this is the place for you. Here the andalucian dancing horses perform (I think twice a day) in the main arena. Some of the skill on display is amazing to watch especially when the horses do their dancing, think john travolta with four legs. Get there early as there is...more
The Plaza del Arenal was once the place of bullfights, and battles and duels between knights, but today a peaceful square in the center of Jerez de la Frontera. It is surrounded by some old buildings, decorated with a beautiful stone mosaic, and there are trees and flowers, and a horse monument to Don Miguel Primo de Rivera y Orbaneja...more
The Cathedral of San Salvador (or La Colegiata) is located not far from El Alcazar. It was built in the late 17th century in a mix of Gothic, Baroque, and Neoclassicist style - on the site where an old mosque and later an earlier church once were, but the only part left of the earlier church is the 15th century free-standing bell-tower, which has...more
I visited the Feria de la Caballo in May 2004. I only went there one evening. I just loved the music, the dancing and of cause the food and sherry. We went from one "casetas" to the next, dancing, eating and drinking. It is really nice, looking at the women in there dresses, dancing the Sevillana. They also have parades, hourse shows and bull...more
I was very pleased with my weekend stay here, as the Reception people were helpful, the ambience was...more
Great location - about mid point between the train station and the Plaza Arenal. A couple small...more
this hotel drips in luxury from the moment you enter it's glass fronted doors and access the main...more
I like Mexican food and as I live in Spain I normally take the opportunity to eat something different when I eat out. If you find the Spanish food too salty, too bland or just not to your tastes, don't worry you don't have to resort to bad quality food such as McDonald's, instead you can try this great little Mexican in Jerez. It is little and...more
On the recommendation of other VT members and our receptionist at our hotel we headed for Gaitan. It is handily located near the Tryp, however the long street is very narrow and fast traffic makes even the short walk nerve racking. The restaurant only had another table taken when we arrived without a booking. So we got a table immediately. It is...more
Flamenco is at the heart of Spain, but it is usually for the night owls.
In Jerez you may just be in the right place at the right time and see some improvised, short bursts of dancing and singing in and around the plazas day or night.
If you want to be sure to be entertained by this dizzying spectacle and vibrant dancing and guitar, visit La Taberna at least once. A meal there is optional.
Dress Code: Smart to casual.
From Jerez to Madrid There are only 2 trains directly from Jerez to Madrid. One is a morning train and has no discount - very expensive. The evening train gets into Madrid after 2100. Even with the discount on this one it is more expensive than if you take two trains. You can get a good cup of coffee and something to eat in the breakfast room...more
Jerez has its own international airport out to the east of the city. There are not many international flights at the moment, but Ryanair fly there from London Stansted and Frankfurt Hahn. For more information on the airport see my seperate tip on Jerez airport. This was written just after our last visit in May 2006, and contains information about...more
The tourist bus links all the main attractions including the Equestrian School, the Alcazar, the Cathedral and the Bodegas. There are eleven stops on the circular tour. A good starting point is Plaza del Arenal. Tickets are valid all day, so you can hop on and off as you please.more
The famous department store is located just outside of Jerez, a 10 miniute taxi ride away. Ground floor: womens & mens & childrens clothing, shoes, jewellery and supermarket1st Floor: Large Electrical Appliances. Kitchen Furniture. Home Furnishings-Household Goods. Home Furnishings-Textiles. Lamps-Pictures. Travel Agency. Wedding List. Insurance...more
Sherry Vinegar comes in two age categories. These vinegars are made using the criaderas or soleras method. This is the traditional method used to age fine wines and sherry . The first category of sherry vinegar is aged for at least six months in oak casks. The second category is called Reserva (reserve), which means that it has been aged in oak...more
Shops that specialise in local handicrafts include La Esparteria, Calle Ramon de Cala 17 for wickerwork; Ceramica Amaya, Avda Carrero Blanco 16 for pottery and Ferros, Calle La Torre 4 for lanterns. There is also a street market on Sundays. Duarte, Larga 15. The town's most famous saddle shop selling beautiful wrought leather which is exported all...more
The Feria del Caballo - (Horse Fair) which is held annually in early May in Jerez was a highlight of our holiday. If you want to see a real Andalucian festival with flamenco dress, equestrian pride and passion, and the sheer, almost hedonistic, enjoyment of life of southern Spain, come to the Feria. We were joined by Carmen and Stace and Hansi and...more
In the Cadiz province no one pronounces the any S in any word. So for example Despues becomes Depue and Estoy becomes Etoy or even toy. This is very useful when you are trying to understand what people are saying. The other thing you should watch out for is the way they 'eat' certain words and past participle endings. For example. Estado become...more
During the autumn festival in September, the bars in Jerez participate in a competition called Tapa Centro. Over 50 bars take part, and a booklet is published giving the list of bars, their locations and their specialities. There is a voting form in the booklet for which bar you think has the best tapas. The booklet is available from the tourist...more
In Jerez there is a danger of sherry overdose!Every bodega wants to offer you several glasses of different varieties, its hard to say 'no'. Then when you go to visit the lovely sites you start taking crazy pictures of each other.This extract below is from the Sun Newspaper of Feb 2010Tourism chief Juan Manuel Garcia Bermudez said: "We don't want...more
A handsome playboy, out for pleasure in Jerez one evening, picked-up a well-dressed young lady at a bar and took her to his apartment. She appeared posh, chic, and intelligent.Thinking to make an impression, Mr. handsome showed her some etchings, first editions, etc. He then offered her a drink asking whether she preferred sherry or port."Oh,...more
If you are eating siting on a terrace, it wont be unusual that a beggar will come to ask you for money.
Ignore them, go on pretending they are not there, and they will finally leave you alone. That is what locals normally do.
The Cota Doñana National Park is a bus and short ferry ride from Jerez.
It used to be the hunting grounds for the Kings of Spain until General Franco came along. Fortunately he did hardly anything to it and it now belongs to the state. It remains 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, (now only to 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.
To visit the principal visitors' centre at El Acebuche, take the A483 south of Almonte and about 12km from El Rocío is the signposted turn at Km29 for Centro de Recepción El Acebuche (959 44 87 11), 1½km from the main road. Alternatively, you can drive 3km north of Matalascañas to the turn-off at Km29.
Address: Sañlucar beach (to catch ferry)
Directions: Take a bus to Sañlucar from Jerez bus station. A 5-10 walk from the bus station to the beach.
Wakeboarding camp just 30min from Jerez de la Frontera airport and 40min from the city centre. Pro coaching, crystal clear water, pro boats and wakeboard equipment. The place for wake & chill!
Equipment: Malibu wakesetter boats
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Jerez is well known for Horses and Sherry. It is Spain's capital for Horse breeding and a destination for horse-lovers from all over the world who meet here each year for the FERIA DEL CABALLO. It started in 1289 as a livestock market and has developed into a show of the most beautiful horses in Spain, some of which are Spanish Barbs, Friesians and...more
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...more
The Tourist Office is can be found near the junction of Calle Larga and Alameda Cristina, at the side of the church (just out of the picture to the right, unfortunately). Like most tourist offices, the staff are very friendly and helpful, speak good English and have plenty of information to give, including a good map of Jerez. This year I got a...more