Jerez de la Frontera is home to the famous sherry wine
Jerez de la Frontera is a charming city located in the heart of Andalucia close to the city of Cadiz on the Costa de la Luz, it is famously the home of Sherry, in Jerez there are no less than nine world renowned bodegas, most of them open to visitors.
Jerez is also famed for its Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art, and was the birth place of the legendary flamenco dancer Lola Flores. The best time to visit the town is during the months of April, May and September, when temperatures are around 20C when the heat is not so overpowering.
Places to visit include the Flamenco Palacio Pemartin, a museum and dance school of dance. The Palacio de la Atalaya, a beautiful museum home to historical clocks, and the Moorish Alcazar, a well preserved mosque with beautiful baths and gardens.and the historic Andalucian equestrian academy - Escuela Andaluza del Arte Real Ecuestre.
The city boasts a variety of historic sites including various churches, the cathedral, a magnificent archaeological museum and, probably the queen of all monuments, the Moorish Alacazar which dates back to the 11th century.
Discover the art of sherry wine making
Sherry wine bodega tours are popular for visitors to Jerez, a number of bodegas offering the perfect chance to explore the history of wine-making, its production as well as the chance to try a glass or two from the very place it originated in.
Sherry produced in Jerez is exported all around the world and is made from palomino grapes growing on calcareous soil within a specific local bio-climate. It is then is left to age in oak barrels, where old sherry is mixed with the new one to create the various types of this famous tipple.
Among the best bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera include Domecq, Garvey, Harveys and Tio Pepe. Another famous bodega is Bodega Gonzalez Byass, where you will see a bodega designed by Gustave Eiffel ( of the famous Eiffel Tower ) and lots of barrels signed by personalities such as Orson Welles and Winston Churchill.
The sherry tours are extremely popular and offer a unique view of the sherry making business from grape to bottle, you will enjoy a free glass of this fine local wine after the tour is over. The tours though are suitable for the whole family which will offer time to savour the true traditional of the wine making process within the beautiful surroundings of the historic Jerez bodegas.
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Jerez can be accessed by motorways from Sevilla and Cadiz, or via its own international airport. The city is found about halfway between the mountains of Sierra de Grazalema to the east, and the beautiful Cadiz coastline to the west, another must-enjoy setting.
The closes international airports are in Malaga, Seville and Gibraltar.
We really recommend coupling your time in Jerez with a visit to the nearby towns of Sanlucar de Barrameda and the province’s capital of Cadiz.
Eating out in Jerez
Jerez offers a good selection of eateries from typical Spanish tapas bars to fine dining restaurants. Local specialities include “La Perdiz estofada” (casserole of partridge), “revuelto de esparragos trigueros ” (scrambled eggs with fresh asparagus), “aceitunas alinadas” (marinated olives), “Caldereta de cordero” (lamb casserole), “Guiso de rabo de toro “(oxtail stew), “Wild game, Esparragal Trigueros” (grilled asparagus), amongst others.
Located on Calle San Francisco de Paula, 2 in Jerez this is a family run restaurant serving real authentic Spanish/Andalucian cooking of a very high standard. Popular dishes include cod salad with mushrooms, potato confit and pil pil, salmon tartar with avocado, marinated with dill and chili and the delightful sardines marinated with garlic and almond, tomato confit and Amontillado. Dishes are very reasonably priced too, main courses are between €9 and €20. La Carbona also boasts a large selection of local wines and of course Sherry ( Fino ).
Meson Hermanos Carrasco
Located on Av. Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald, 1 this is another fine restaurant where you are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome by the owners and staff. Chef/Owner Juan Manuel Carrasco has created a unique menu heavily influenced by local produce. Popular dishes include smoked salmon, white prawns from Sanlucar and the delicious prawns on skewers with garlic and olive oil.
Located on c/ Pescadería Vieja 8-10, the Bar Juanito has a long tradition of serving good food in Jerez, opened by Juanito back in 1943 it is well known for serving award winning tapas.
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Recommended accommodation in Jerez
The 4 star Palacio Garvey Hotel provides a luxury setting with vip rooms, a terrace, day spa and honeymoon suites. Located in the heart of the old town close to all the main attractions and bodegas with a range of quality restaurants and bars serving local and international cuisine close by. Reviewer Rating: 9.0
The 3 star Hotel YIT Casa Grande is a good choice when it comes to mid range priced accommodation in Jerez. Ideally located in the old town the hotel is within walking distance of all the top Jerez attractions. The hotel features 15 air conditioned well appointed rooms. Reviewer Rating: 10.0
The 1 star Multi Apartamentos La Kasbah are good bet if you are looking for budget accommodation. Located on the Alameda del Banco in the heart of the old town , the apartments are within walking distance of the Alcazar Jerez de la Frontera and many other of the towns top sites. There is a pool and each property is equipped with a fridge, a flat-screen TV, private bathroom, microwave and a washing machine. There is a nice in-house bar for socialising in the evening. Reviewer Rating: 10.0