Jerez de la Frontera This tourism guide to Jerez in andalusia Spain is necessarily selective but will give you useful information if you visit.

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This tourism guide to Jerez in andalusia Spain is necessarily selective but will give you useful information if you visit.

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Andalusia's regions: Sevilla | Malaga | Huelva | Cadiz | Jaen | Granada | Almeria | Cordoba

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These are some of the attractions of Jerez de la Frontera:





try the flamenco events at the Bodega Jesus in Jerez de la Frontera. Have tapas and sherry with flamenco guitar, song and dance.

see: tablaos








sherry and the famous "bodegas" and of course "tapas" or snacks available in numerous bars and restaurants

flamenco in all its aspects

bullfighting with its bars, clubs, plaza de toros and museum

horseriding and the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art

clock museum and other tourist hotspots, public and private buildings of artistic and historic protection


proximity to the sea (some 20 minutes from the port at Puerto Santa Maria) and inland to the mountains

increasing investment opportunuities in real estate

relaxed and pleasant way of life with minimal interference of the state

airport, train, bus and motorway connections

international and state schools


Cadiz province has more then 300 sunny days in the year and an average temperature of 17.6º

The seasonal average is:

Spring 17º Summer: 22º Autumn: 18º Winter: 14º













Jerez wine festival



Jerez lies some 15 kms inland from the sea between Cadiz and Sevilla and is the principal of three sherry towns. The others are on the coast are Sanlucar de Barrameda at the mouth of the ríver Guadalquivir, and Puerto de Santa Maria. Between them they produce virtually all the genuine sherry that is shipped to the rest of the world.

There is not much difference between the wines of Jerez and Puerto de Santa Maria, except that the former are noted for their fino and amontillado types of sherry. Sanlucar, however, produces quite different wines: all the manzanilla is made there, wíth its distinctive fresh flavour that cannot be reproduced anywhere else.

Despite such a short distance between them the wine produced will be affected by any slight change in the atmosphere or climate.

History records the earliest fermented fruit as date wine, but mead probably came first, then beer. Grape wine was prepared as early as the prehistoríc Djemdet-Nast period in Mesopotamia and was brought to Egypt before 3000 BC. The Greeks however practised viticulture as an art.

Some say that the Phoenicians introduced the vine to Spain, but it is more probable that Greek settlers brought it with them around 5th or 6th century BC. It is pure speculation, but the name Jerez may also be Greek in origin: they could have imported wines from the Persian city of "Shiraz", so why not name their new town after that city.

When the Romans captured Spain, they found many vineyards and viticulture advanced rapidly. Then the Vandals invaded (calling the south Vandalusia) and in turn the Visigoths. It heralded a time of perpetual war until the Moors swept over the peninsular for some 7 centurias, only to be usurped finally by the Christians. During Moorish domination, Jerez expanded in size and wealth. They called it "Seris", whích was later corrupted to "jerez" by the Spanish and to "sherry" by the Englísh.

By the 16th century, the sherry trade with England had become well establíshed, but it actually originated earlier during Moorish domination (despite the irony that wine was prohibited to the muslims.)

In recent times, wage inflatíon and the availability of cheaper and better machínery and new computer technology have jolted the traditions and whole atmosphere of the sherry towns. Equally the impact of individual businesses such as the fluctuating fortunes of Ruíz-Mateo has been enormous, from his family´s humble beginnings as a local wine shipper to big business and banks. Nowadays all the big sherry labels of the world are present in some form in Jerez.



Jerez horse fair


horse carriages
faetones, landós and arañas

acoso y derribo "pursuit and knock down" during bull running





The horse fair

The origins of the horse fair in Jerez date back to the XIII century. King Alfonso X granted Jerez two fairs, in April and September, subsequently affimed by his son Sancho the Brave in 1282.

These fairs became important since they inspired big crowds. They were held at the Feria street - between La Puerta Real and Francos Street. In 1868, a livestock fair was held for the first time.

In 1902 the current site of Gonzalez Hontoria Park in Jerez was inaugurated as the fair ground (recinto ferial.).

Horses, flamenco and sherry have become the leading cultural exports of Jerez. Even equestrian competitions are held during the feria as well as the elegant parades of horses and horse carriages evidence.





sherry pages

try "tapas" or snacks in local bars and restaurants



Local cooking is influenced by wines and brandies produced in numerous bodegas wineries.

There is a wide range of local fish and seafood available.

FISH: Gilthead bream, urta, bass, sole, whiting, dried salted tuna...

SEAFOOD: Prawns, lobster, king prawn, crab claws...

CHEESES AND SAUSAGES: from the country and local farms, chorizo and jamon serrano

VINOS and BRANDIES: Finos, Amontillados, Olorosos, Manzanillas, Dulces, Brandies


Jerez zoo















an outing for all the family at the zoo in Jerez de la Frontera

zoo jerez














Thanks to its climate and natural conditions, the province is excellent for those who enjoy sport.

Golf: Montecastillo Club, Novo Sancti-Petri Golf Club, Vistahermosa Golf Club

Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, Chapín Riding Facilities in Jerez

Jerez Speed way - el circuito de Jerez

Marina Puertosherry

Cádiz Nautical Royal Club, Puerto Santo María Nautical Club

Motorcycle racing at the Jerez speed-way

Gliding, potholing, mountain-biking, mountain walking

Skiing-diving, sailing at the sport facilities of the Cádiz bay

Windsurfing at Tarifa - considered by the experts as the best spot in the whole of Europe


RENFE railway stations


Renfe offer this service:

you can consult the timetable directly of any train by selecting the station of origin and destination






Here you can consult the railway timetables by selecting the station of origin/departure and destination





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