JerezSurrounded by vineyards and with over 30 bodegas (wine cellars) devoted to the art of making sherry and brandy, Jerez is a place steeped in history. The aristocratic city has an ancient heart, unusual museums, an atmospheric gypsy quarter and some outstanding architecture is also the cradle of flamenco, the home of the magnificent "dancing" Andalucian horses and the capital of motorcycle racing.
The CityOn streets lined with orange trees and soaring palms, the historic centre is awash with magnificent palaces. Its architectural heritage spans a Moorish fortress, Mudejar churches, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical façades, and splendid ironwork balconies. Jerez's architectural beauties are complemented by hundreds-year-old traditions, captivating the travelers with tours through the city's history of sherry-making arts and local folklore, in a pulsing city that lies in the heart of the province of Cádiz.
Do & See
Jerez De La Frontera is a captivating and historic city. The acclaimed capital of Flamenco, sherry and baroque horsemanship traditions offers plentiful entertainment options, as well as many culturally enriching opportunities. Wander though the Arabesque city-centre and its beautiful architecture, feel the scent of grapes and wine in a local bodega, enjoy a performance of flamenco or a show of Equestrian Art: Jerez can offer this and much more.
Bearing the vestiges of the Andalusian cuisine, Jerez blends its rich, traditional flavours with local specialities in which sherry comes as a welcomed ingredient and the finest seafood arrives fresh from the nearby towns. The main concentration of restaurants sits along Calle Consistorio and Plaza Vargas, serving the best of the regional cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes include riñones al Jerez (kidneys braised in sherry), caldereta (stews), and rabo de toro (oxtail). Across Spain is very common to lunch at 3pm or dine after 10pm, but a few tapas and a couple of glasses of a full-bodied Manzanilla usually go in between to keep the hunger at bay.
Coffee in Spain is more than just a drink. The culture of coffee is deeply-rooted into the Spanish lifestyle, making the espresso-break a widely greeted custom in Jerez. Arabesque squares in the city house picturesque cafes, gathering hubs that seem to be made for people-watching and relaxing over a cup of strong coffee or a portion of churros. The day starts with a cup of cafe solo (a single espresso) and continues with cafe cortos, doble, or cafe con leche according to personal tastes.
Bars & Nightlife
Local sherries, brandies, and wines can be found in intimate, atmospheric bars. Fino wine wonderfully accompanies the greatly acclaimed tapas--nibbles that vary highly from one place to another. Jerez is crowded with a huge assortment of quaint bars and bodegas, family-owned businesses that bear a pronounced Spanish accent. The bars and nightclubs along Avenida Lola Flores and Avenida de Mejico attract a young audience.
For your shopping trip in Jerez, you should first head to Calle Larga, where you’ll find high-street fashion brands such as Zara, Pull and Bear or Mango, international names that have gained popularity worldwide. Then, explore the streets of Calle Larga, especially Calle Algarve, where narrow lanes are lined with tiny shops selling knick-knacks and souvenirs. A stone's throw away you will find the covered market brimming with local produce and fresh seafood. Jerez has three main attractions - horses, flamenco and sherry, and each of them cannot be left unexplored. Sample sherries and wines at a traditional bodega, shop some local equestrian souvenirs or pop into a colourful shop of flamenco dresses.