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Sherry, horses and flamenco

The Arab rulers called it "Xerish" or "Xeres". Under their rule Jerez de la Frontera became one of the most important cities of Al-Andalus. Conquered in 1264 by Alfonso X. "El Sabio" (the wise), it played a leading role in the struggle against Moorishy Granada. After Columbus' discovery of the New World it rose rapidly. This growth was intensified during the 19th century due to the foundations of numerous world famous Sherry bodegas (wine cellars).

 

Highlights

- Old part
- Cartuja
  (monastery)
- Horse Fair
    (2009:  May 10-17)
  (April/May)
- Wine fair
  (September)

 

 

General information

 

Located just 15 kms/9 miles from the Atlantic Ocean the wine production heartland is the biggest city of the Cádiz province with more than 212,000 inhabitants (2014). Numerous bodegas can be found all over the town. Famous all over the world is also the horse breeding of Andalusia. Jerez de la Frontera is the seat of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.
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To visit

Cathedral – built during the 18th century in Baroque style with some added Gothic and Neoclassical elements and a wealthy adorned interior.

Alcázar
– close to the Cathedral lined by the rests of an Arab defense wall can be found this 12th century building.

San Miguel church
– this Gothic site of worship is after the Cathedral the second most important church of the town

Plaza de San Dionisio – at this square are located the identically named Mudéjar style church and the Renaissance style Cabildo building. A few footsteps from here lies the Palace of the Marqués de Bertemati with an impressive Renaissance façade.

Iglesia de San Juan de los Caballeros – 15th century church with a nine-side apse, situated near two other churches and close to the Palace of Ponce de León.

Archaeological Museum
– resides in a restored palace from the 18th century (with Greek artefacts among others).

Museo de Relojes – situated outside the historic center this curious clock museum has more than 300 pieces on show.

Right in front: Royal Andalusian  School of Equestrian Art – located in a French style palace from the 19th century. Can be visited and presents the show "Those Amazing Dancing Andalusian Horses"


Various Sherry bodegas
– the wine cellars can be found all over the town. Guided visits in many of them.

La Cartuja – the monastery of the Carthusian monks, constructed during the 15th and 16th century is situated 6 kms/4 miles south of Jerez and can be considered a masterpiece of the Spanish Renaissance.

Yeguada de la Cartuja
– stud farm ("Finca"), located 6,5 kms/4 miles on the way to Medina Sidonia. Visits possible.

Racetrack of Jerez de la Frontera
– racing car and motorbike course 10 kms/7 miles east of Jerez. Every year the Spanish Grand Prix of Motorcycling is taking place there.

 


 

Excursions

Doñana National Park: approx. 25 kms/16 miles northwest. The humid area is an important rest and nest place particularly for migratory birds. Visits and boat excursions can be realized best from

Sanlúcar de Barrameda
: situated on the mouth of the Gualdalquivir river. This interesting town is famous for its "Manzanilla" wine and fine seafood ("Langostinos").
Santiago castle. Churches de la Trinidad and Nuestra Señora de la O.

Cádiz – capital of the province and Europe's oldest city. Approx. 35 kms/18 miles south.

Route passing the White Villages – the mountainous region between Cádiz and Ronda with its charming typical villages.
 

Tourist infrastructure

 

Tourist information
C/Larga 39

 

Traffic connections
International Airport (many charter flights) (8 kms/5 miles north on road N IV)

Regional trains (RENFE) to Cádiz und Seville
.

Highway to Seville, Cádiz and El Puerto de Santa María; national roads to Seville; local roads to Arcos de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Algeciras
.

Accommodation
Approx.
20 hotels and hostels of different categories and prices.

Hotel check: 

Tapas bars

 

Restaurants

 

Leisure
Music, theater, dance events: Teatro Villamarta, various Flamenco-Peñas (associations/clubs)

Shopping
Shopping district in the old part of the town: C/Lancería, C/Larga, Plaza del Arenal

Handicraft: leather goods, ceramics, wickerwork

Sherry wine: directly in the bodegas and all over the town.


 


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