Jerez de la Frontera Travel Guide
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. The city is famously the home of Sherry, in Jerez there are no less than nine world renowned wine companies ( Bodegas), most of them are open to guided visits.
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 22C, the summer months can get extremely hot.
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 an impressive iron bodega designed by Gustave Eiffel ( of Eiffel Tower fame ) plus numerous wine 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.
This is a great way to savour the true traditional of the sherry and brandy wine making process within the beautiful surroundings of the bodegas.
Cathedral of San Salvador
The Cathedral was originally built as a Collegiate Church between 1695 and 1778. Due to the length of time it took to build it, the overall layout was influenced by many well know architects including Diego Moreno Meléndez, Rodrigo del Pozo, Diego Díaz and Torcuato Cayon de la Vega.
Built in the Barroque style it has five naves and a bell towert is well worth visiting, for further information and tickets check out the San Salvdor website.
Royal Equestrian School in Jerez de la Frontera
The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Foundation, is known throughout world due to it's renowned horse show. This is where you can enjoy a memorable afternoon watching a unique exhibition of horsemanship.
The school is located within the grounds of the Palacio Duque de Abrantes which in itself is worth exploring.
For further information and tickets: https://www.realescuela.org/
Palacio Duque de Abrantes
There are a number of stunning histric palaces in Jerez but the Palacio Duque de Abrantes, is one of the best. It is located in the heart of Jerez and is also the home of the Royal Equestrian School.
It was designed by Charles Garnier who's credits include the Paris Opera and Monte Carlo Casino, it is considered as a benchmark for nineteenth-century Andalusian palace architecture.
It features two facades, reception rooms, stained glass windows, carved fireplaces, bronze scultures and beautiful gardens with exotic plants and a large fountain.
Jerez Race Track
The Jerez race track opened in 1985 and is now home to the Spanish Moto-GP, held at the end of April and beginning of May each year.
The first ever Motorcycle Grand Prix event took place here in 1987 and the Spanish Formula-1 Grand Prix racing was held from 1986 to 1991 before the race was eventually moved to Catalonia.
For further information and entrance tickets: http://www.circuitodejerez.com/
Eating out in Jerez
Jerez offers an extensive election 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.
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.
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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