Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez de la Frontera is in Costa de la Luz, in Spain. It is one of the major cities in Andalusia, the fifth in terms of size and population, exceeding 200,000. Historically, Jerez has gradually become the logistics center, major transport hub and the main economic engine in the province of Cádiz.

Understand

Strong and Atlantic City, Jerez de la Frontera is a city that has always enjoyed a strategic geographic position. From the top of its Moorish castle and over the border during Middle Age, first resisted the Christians attacks and sieges and then the Moorish that tried to conquer the city again. After the Catholic Kings took over the Kingdom of Granada and the pacification of the peninsula, its economic and intellectual splendor returned, as it had also during the Moorish period.

Plaza del Arenal, “where Jerez dreams”

Bear in mind that the city has struggled historically for its current economic and cultural position, with hardly support from any institution, because, after decades of struggle for being capital between the two cities during century XIX, Cádiz got that title in the province. The traveler must not forget that the rivalry is very intense with Cádiz and many people in Jerez will not feel identified with the other city. The rivalry is mutual, although they are two cities required to understand each other.

Nowadays, few places in Spain can be said to enjoy the international renown of Jerez as, thanks to its sherry wines, the name of the city crossed international borders many years ago. But Jerez is not just a city of wines and beautiful buildings, it has much more to offer than that to the Tourism: home of the Carthusian horses, cradle of flamenco, capital of motorcycle racing and home to international sporting events, and on top of all that, declared to be of Artistic and Historical interest.

The results achieved by the city on its own through centuries has made Jerez a place ambitious, proud of themselves and with a great dynamism, despite of its relatively small size. Municipal institutions have always worked to balance those needs and give way to the dynamism of the city, while ensuring their growth.

The pride of being the city that it is has several spots. Among their achievements we could tell that Jerez was the first Spanish city to have street lighting and the Caja de Ahorros de Jerez was the first savings bank in Spain. It was also the first city in the province to ask for a University (but the request was denied from Madrid), and the oldest headquarters of the Provincial Institute. More recently, projects like the race track Circuito de Jerez or the National Flamenco Center (Ciudad del Flamenco) begun to be projects by local initiative, just later were welcomed by National Institutions.

When you visit Jerez, not remain on the surface and try to understand the city from a historical perspective. Some other places in the province may call Jerez as "Sir City" because of the middle-class families who developed the wine business and being the city that host the largest number of titles of nobility in the province. That is "a reality," but it is not "the reality." Jerez is more urban and diverse than it may seem at first sight.

If the traveler has no many days, most likely they will make the traditional tourist circuit: Horse, flamenco and wines. Surely it is quite interesting, as this little trilogy could be summarized as an essence of Andalusia and can largely explain the financial support to provide such a big city depiste of being no capital. But if you have more time, try to go further and go deep into the city. Enjoy some coffee or tapas in the coolest bars and at the most traditional ones, attend some theater play and wal around the food market, get information about activities and stroll through the old town. Sometimes it is enough to turn left or right in a main road.

Jerez is a large city where long-standing traditions coexist in perfect harmony with the modern: large shopping centres and wide avenues converge upon the historic, cheerful and bustling city-center, where shopping and tapas go hand in hand. All of these distinctive features, together with a privileged geographical situation and climate, a unique and distinct tourist attractiveness, and modern infrastructures, all make Jerez the perfect place to live in and to visit.

Location

The city is located in the western part of Andalusia, near the Guadalete river. Its excellent location makes Jerez being only 15 minutes from the beach, 35 minutes from the Sierra de Grazalema and 50 min / 1 hour of the Andalusian capital, Sevilla.

Archaeological Museum, Plaza del Mercado

Climate

The weather in Jerez is characterized by enjoying over 3,200 hours of sunshine a year. Temperatures are high in summer and mild in winter. It is advisable to visit the city in spring or autumn.

Get in

Note that there is no left-luggage facility at the airport and bus station.

By train

Jerez is on the main line between Sevilla and Cádiz. RENFE, Spanish National Railway.

By bus

Consorcio de Transportes Bahía de Cádiz operate a semi-regular bus service from Jerez Airport to downtown Jerez (one-way ticket €1) and onwards to Cádiz (view timetable ). A train service operates from Sevilla San Justa train station direct to Jerez and Cádiz, for those arriving via Seville airport.

By plane

There are many flights from Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, London, Frankfurt.

By car

Get around

The best way to visit Jerez de la Frontera is certainly walk as you can enjoy the beauty of its streets and façades of his many palaces, and squares and malls. Tourist buses are also available on two floors with the convertible top.

By boat

It is currently being considered by the City to create a joint service between Jerez and El Puerto de Santa Maria Guadalete across the river, as one of several measures to restore the River.

By tram

Jerez is quite “horizontal city” and because of the heavy traffic experienced by the city, especially at peak times, the Council has decided to build a tram network help to improve the city traffic. Currently being planned, which if known to come up Guadalcacín and El Portal, which will feature about 45 kilometers of track.

By taxi

Taxi services is pretty good and truthworty. You will find several stops in city center. You will be able to contact a taxi service in 0034 956.34.48.60

By car

A good idea is park your cark in some parking to avoid traffic jams. The nearest one to city center are:

By bicycle

Jerez is the first city in Andalucia has launched a free public transport service bicycles. Free rental bikes will be for a period of two hours and may be left in any of the points that have been in the city are: Alameda Bank Mamelon Square, Bus Station and the Campus University.

See

Monuments from the Moorish period

The camera obscura is loated in a tower, this offers a 360 degree view of the city projected through lenses and mirrors:

Museums

Palaces

Churches

Interior of Iglesia de San Miguel

Churches are a must during your walking tour around the city. The Churches in the old town were formerly mosques. They made reference to the Four Evangelists: Saint Luke, Saint John, Saint Matthew and Saint Mark. The others two were meant to the patron, St Denis, and God, the Cathedral.

Horses

Others

Do

The best time to visit is spring and autumn Jerez. Festivities leading tourist attractions are:

Daily activities

Buy

There are many shopping centres in Jerez, mainly out of the city centre. Cinemas, department stores, etc. but if you want to enjoy the taste and charm of the city, the city centre is the best place to stay.

Eat

Much of the eating is done in bars:

Further from the centre:

Another eating option is small shops, ventas:

Drink

Tasting the local sherry is mandatory. There are two main areas to go out.

City center

People usually get some nice tapas around Plaza del Arenal or Plaza Rafael Rivero and then some drinks out.

Avenida Lola Flores

This new district, by the soccer stadium, attract many young people -and not so young-.

Gay-Lesbian scene

Jerez is a tolerant and respectful city about LGBT community. Every June 28 the gay flag is hoisted from the City Hall and throughout the years there are numerous activities (film series, lectures, LGBT theatre, etc.)..

Sleep

Go next

From Jerez de la Frontera you can take different routes.

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