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 place and the main economic engine in the province of Cádiz. It is the largest city in Cadiz province.
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, Cadiz got that title in the province. The traveler must not forget that the rivalry is very intense with Cadiz 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 despite not being the 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 walk 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, an unique and distinct tourist attractiveness, and modern infrastructures, all make Jerez the perfect place to live in and to visit.
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
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.
Note that there is no left-luggage facility at the airport and bus station.
There are many direct flights from Madrid, Barcelona, London, Palma de Mallorca, London, Frankfurt, increasing during the summer season to international destinations (Germany, Louxembourg, etc.). Commuter rail connects Jerez Airport with main Jerez railway station  and also commuter buses Aeropuerto de Jerez - Jerez de la Frontera (http://www.grupovalenzuela.com/index.php?p=regulares).
All these lines are operated by RENFE, Spanish National Railway :
- Long distance trains: Jerez has direct connections from Madrid Atocha by ALVIA trains (4 hours and a half). You can also use AVE trains (2 hours and a half) to Seville and then connect to Jerez by any regional train. Direct AVE trains Madrid-Jerez are expected to work in next years.
- Regional trains: Jerez is on the main line between Sevilla/Córdoba/Jaén cities and Cadiz (as final destination) named as Andalucia Express (1 hour from Seville). Connections from Granada are made by transfering in Dos Hermanas railway station.
- Commuter rail: connects Jerez Airport with main Jerez railway station (10 minutes), an also from Cadiz port (45 minutes). .
- Long distance buses: Jerez has direct connections from Madrid Estación Sur Mendez Álvaro usually run at least twice per day (midday and midnight). It usually takes quite long (6-8 hours) as buses cover the route to Cordoba and sometimes Seville. Mainly covered by Socibus (http://www.socibus.es)
- Regional buses: Jerez is on the main line between Sevilla (Estación Prado de San Sebastian) and Algeciras (by Algeciras port). It takes around 1 hours and 15 minutes.
- Commuter buses: Grupo Valenzuela (http://www.grupovalenzuela.com) and Los Amarillos (https://regular.autobusing.com/info?empresa=losamarillos) connect Jerez from Algeciras and Cadiz ports, and others towns nearby.
- Motorway Jerez-Sevilla AP-4 / E-5 from Sevilla.
- Highway Jerez-Los Barrios A-381 - Through Alcornocales Park and joins the Campo de Gibraltar to Jerez. It is a modern highway designed to cause the least environmental damage that crosses Park
- Highway Jerez-Arcos de la Frontera A-382 - Just completed in July 2007 is the main means of communication in Jerez and Cadiz province by the Sierra de Grazalema.
- Highway Chipiona, Jerez A-480 - This is the highway that connects the Jerez area with the Northwest Coast, towns like Chipiona, Sanlucar ...
- Ring-roads: Jerez now has two ring roads, Round East and Round West to help improve the circulation of the city.
The best way to visit Jerez de la Frontera is certainly walk as you can enjoy the beauty of its streets and facades of his many palaces, and squares and malls. Tourist buses are also available on two floors with the convertible top.
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.
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.
Taxi services is pretty good and trusthworty. You will find several stops in city center. You will be able to contact a taxi service in 0034 9220.127.116.11
A good idea is to park your car in one of the car parks to avoid traffic jams. The nearest ones to city center are:
- Alameda Vieja, Calle Manuel María González, junto a Alameda Vieja, tel. 956320287.
- Arenal, Plaza del Arenal, tel. 956325076.
- Centro, Calle Larga s/n.
- Centro Comercial Los Cisnes, Plaza del Progreso. tel, 956168383.
- Doña Blanca, Plaza Esteve, tel. 956347209.
- Madre de Dios, Plaza de Madre de Dios, tel. 956337253.
- Mamelón, Plaza del Mamelón, junto a la Alameda Cristina, tel. 956348654.
- Plaza del Caballo, Plaza del Caballo s/n, tel. 956313080.
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.
Have to register and give bank account details.
Must use green Bahia de Cadiz transport card.
Bicycle use is free for up to 8 hours after using some other form of transit that uses the green card (regional bus; does not include Renfe or local/urban bus). After 8 hours, the charge is €2/hour.
Bicycle must be returned at same point it was obtained, and on same day.
Consorcio de Transportes Bahía de Cádiz's "+ Bici"
- Monumental Compound of the Moorish Palace-Fortress and Dark Chamber tel. 956326923 or 956 323 499. This Moorish fortress/palace was built by the Abbadid rulers in the early 10th century and later converted into a Christian stronghold. This complex covers a mosque (subsequently used as a church), Arab baths, several towers (one of which is octagonal), pretty gardens with a fountain, cloistered patios, the Palacio Villavicencio and a camera obscura. The Hall of Ambassadors bears decoration closest to that of Granada's Alhambra. The Patio de las Muñecas is thought to be the site of the harem, and where King Pedro allegedly murdered an interesting mix of guests and family! The camera obscura is loated in a tower, this offers a 360 degree view of the city projected through lenses and mirrors.
- Cloisters of Santo Domingo (14th century), one of the best preserved gothic cloisters in Andalusia.
- City Walls – Parts of the old Walls of the city remains in Calle Ancha, Calle Muro and Calle Porvera. In Calle Ancha, next to the wall, we will see the monument dedicated to Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, a leading Spanish conquistador who discovered Florida born in Jerez. Gate Rota, commonly known as Arch Creek, is the only gate of the ancient Muslim city wall is preserved.
- Old City Hall - (Antiguo Cabildo) the Old City Hall was built in 1575. Located in one of the most beautiful squares in the city (Plaza de la Asunción).
- Villamarta Theatre, tel. 956350273 . Is the main theater of the city and was built in 1926 Anasagasti Teodoro work. Its facade is modern with a touch reminiscent of Gaudí and Cubist. The major events are held such as the famous Flamenco Festival de Jerez.
- Gallo Azul signature building with a circular facade emblazoned with a sherry logo. Built by Anibal González, it is an example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles of Spanish architecture.
- Jerez railway station Like Gallo Azul building, example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival (Neo-Mudéjar) styles.
- Viceroy Laserna Palace,tel. 956348794, [email protected],. Magnificent palace of the 18th century with reminiscent of an earlier period. Located in the city center it is open to the public. Only 50 meters away from the tourism office. The palace belonged to General José de Laserna, 1st Count of los Andes, a hero of the war of Independence and the last Viceroy of Peru and Spain in America. It has spacious rooms, exquisite decoration and an unrivaled collection of classic furniture and valuable paintings. Only guided tours.
- Domecq Palace, tel. 956 151 500. Declared Place of Cultural Interest. No entrance for the public.
- Bertemati Palace - Beautiful palace built in 1758, which highlights its extraordinary ironwork balcony and floor move. It now houses the Episcopal Diocese of Jerez. Located in Arroyo Square near the Cathedral.
- Perez-Luna Palace - palatial residence of the late Baroque style of the eighteenth century located in the central Plaza Rafael Rivero.
- Palacio Duque de Abrantes- Neoclasism Palace built by the french architect Charles Garnier in century XIX. It houses the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art.
- Palacio de Bertemati. It is a Baroque building, founded by the family Sopranis-Davila in the 18th century. Constructed on the most inner slope of the channel of the stream, they are two combined house structures in one building.
- [Palacio de Campo Real]. Its origins dates from Middle Age, but the current building is from the eighteenth century. It is located in the Historic Quarter.
- Palacio Dávila. Renacentist Palace, was built by Bartolomé Núñez Dávila at the beginning of century XVI.
- Palacio Pemartín. San Juan Square. Built in century XV, was rehabilited centuries XVIII y XX. It houses the Andalusian Flamenco Center.
- Palacio de los Condes de Puerto Hermoso. Built in 1873, it belonged to Count family and it was also a Royal residence in 1925. It houses the Local Police Station.
- Palacio de Riquelme. Plaza del Mercado.
- Palacio de Villapanés. Cruz Vieja Square.
Churchs are a must during your walking tour around the city as it will help you to get reference and organize your tour. The Churches in the old town were formerly mosques from Middle Age. 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.
- Jerez Cathedral, tel. 956 348 482. It is where the old main mosque was placed. Built in 1695, its construction took over 80 years. The tower, which stands detached from the church, belongs to the former church, demolished in 1695. Since it might become a cathedral in future, this new building was intended to surpass in beauty and grandeur all the other important churches in Jerez such as San Miguel and Santiago. Both in 1580 and in 1781 the local authorities requested the Spanish monarchs to be granted the privilege of having a diocese with a bishop. €5 admission.
- Church of Saint Michael. A plaque at the door of its Gothic facade is dated 1484. It is believed that the church was commissioned by the Catholic Monarchs when they visited the city in 1484. It has rectangular floor, divided in three naves, the central one taller than the lateral ones, by pilasters from a flowery Gothic style. It is considered one of the best temples of the city of Jerez.
- Monastery of Santa Maria de la Defensión, tel. 956 156 465. Its architecture is of a Late Gothic style, corresponding to the start of construction in the 15th century, with Baroque aspects dating from the 17th century. The Renaissance entryway, designed by Andrés de Ribera, is of particular interest, as are the Chapel of Santa María, and the small Gothic cloister designed by Juan Martínez Montañés.
- Church of Saint Mark. Built on an old mosque, the current edifice was likely started in the mid-14th century, due to the style of its polygonal apse and the Mudéjar portal. The construction began to be documented in the middle of the 15th century, including a substantial renovation in late Gothic style. The church has three facades, with a main entrance portal in Mannerist style (16th century). The interior has a Baroque high altar (18th century)
- Church of Saint James (Santiago), tel. 956 180 839.
- Church of Saint Luke, tel. 956,338,470. You will see an bull on its facade
- Church of Saint John of Knights tel. 956 324 341. You will see an eagle on its facade
- Church of St. Matthew, tel. 956 344 317. This is the oldest Gothic church in the city, has been recently restored. You will see an angel on its facade.
- Church of St. Denis, tel. 956 342 940. The church has a basilica plan, divided into three naves by tall and simple pillars adorned with Almohad decorations. The arcades (aside from those near the high altar) are oval. The naves end with apses with Baroque altars, including the high altar which dates to the pre-Baroque renovation. The side chapels are in Baroque style. The chapel of the Christ of the Water includes an image of Jesus from the 15th century.
- 'Santo Domingo Convent,tel. 956 341 037
- Archaeological Museum (Plaza del Mercado), tel. 956 350 133. Archaeological museum of the city where we can observe and enjoy the findings of the history of the city and its region. Museum Highlights: ancient Corinthian Greek helmet, the only one of its kind in Spain, cylindrical large-eyed idol and caliph bottle from the Islamic period, Roman portraits, among other interesting issues.
- Atalaya Museums (Calle Cervantes, 3) tel. 956182108 or 956182104 or 956182100 . Located in one of the most beautiful palaces of Andalucia, Atalaya Museums are a set of two museums: The Palace of Time and the Mystery of Jerez. The Mystery of Jerez unveils the mystery of the raising of fine wines from Jerez. The Palace of Time is one of the best collections of clocks in Europe. We can enjoy watching beautiful clocks from all ages in this museum
- Collection Joaquin Rivero, S. Spanish Painting of the XV to XIX century,. This gallery consists of a selection of works belonging to Collection Joaquin Rivero. Joaquin Rivero Collection is one of the most important set in Andalusia. The collection is up more than 300 works of authors such as Goya, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Hiep, Labrador, Valdés Leal, Maella, Lucas Velazquez Madrazo, Lucas Villamil, Carlos de Haes and many others that will allow visitors to walk through the history of Spain through his painting. The gallery is inside Bodegas Tradicion; tour of the bodega and gallery costs €25, but to see the gallery alone costs only €5.
- Museo de la Miel and the Bees, tel. 620 487 958 . Museum to raise awareness of beekeeping in human history. Directed more school groups, tourists and anyone interested in the subject.
- Museo Taurino, tel. 956 323 000. Museum related to the world of bullfighting and bullfighting.
- Equestrian Art Museum – See “Horses - Recreo de las Cadenas”.
- Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art tel. 956 319 635 . The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art (in Spanish, Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre) is an institution in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, devoted to conserving the ancestral abilities of the Andalusian horse, maintaining the classical traditions of Spanish baroque horsemanship, preparing horses and riders for international dressage competitions, and providing education in all aspects of horsemanship, coachdriving, blacksmithing, the care and breeding of horses,saddlery, and the manufacture and care of horse harness. The Royal Andalusian School is a riding school comparable to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna,Austria. Like the Spanish Riding School, the Royal Andalusian School is well known for its "dancing stallions" shows for the tourists. The school is adjacent to the historic nineteenth-century Palacio de las Cadenas in Jerez.
- Stud of the Cartuja - Hierro del Bocado, tel. 956 162 809 . The Carthusian Monastery of Jerez de la Frontera became the undisputed centre for the breeding of Spanish horses in the 15th century. The breeding of these spectacular horses has continued uninterrupted to this day and has resulted in the Yeguada de la Cartuja – Hierro del Bocado stud farm, being home of the most important stock of Cartujano horses worldwide, with over 250 head these Spanish thoroughbreds. The fundamental aim of this stud farm is preserving this irreplaceable genetic treasure of the Cartujano Breed and to constantly improve upon these thoroughbreds Spanish Heritage. They have a show for tourists every Saturday.
- Alcantara Ecuestre by Alfonso Lopez de Carrizosa, tel. 637 41 90 41 . The Stable of Alfonso Lopez de Carrizosa, located 15 minutes by car north of Jerez, is dedicated to genuine horseback experiences. The stable is equipped for dressage, doma vaquera and jumping. The Carrizosa family offer hacks on their own property surrounded by bulls, rabbits, deer and partridges, and the vineyards of Lustau winery. The Carrizosa family was the second family to establish themselves in Jerez de la Frontera in the 12th centrury. After intense battles they gained control of what is still today one of the biggest properties in the area. The family has been important to the horse breeding of Jerez, in fact it was at the Carrizosa estate the first breeding of the Andalucian horse was conducted by the Carthusian monks.
- Bodegas San Patricio Garvey (Garvey Wine Cellars) (Historic Andalusian Heritage). 1969-1974. Architect Miguel Fisac. Gold Medal of Architecture (1994), Spanish National Prize of Architecture (2003), Doctor Honoris Causa European University of Madrid (2004)
- Tio Pepe's winery, González Byass Wine Cellars (Andalusian Historical Heritage). 1961-1964. Work representative of the Modern Movement Docomomo. Architects Eduardo and José Antonio Torroja. Eduardo Torroja received several awards, among them the great cross of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise, the Great Cross of the Order of Civil Merit and honoris causa doctorates by the universities of Toulouse, Buenos Aires, Chile and others.
- Railway Station and Gallo Azul Building. Architect Aníbal González. Buildings icons of Andalusian regionalism (modernism + neomudejar). He is the main reference of the Andalusian regionalist architecture. His most popular architectural work is Plaza de España, in Seville.
- Calle Larga, 85. Transformation into houses of a building of the Countess of Garvey. Architect Luis Gutiérrez Soto. Most of his work, which was framed mainly between art-deco and rationalism, concentrated in the city of Madrid, except for some works in Jerez. Among his most popular works, you can find Cuartel General del Ejército del Aire (Air Force Headquarters) and Cines Callao, both in Madrid.
- Palacio de Deportes Chapín de Jerez (1998). Architect Ramón Gonzalez de la Peña. White and straight lines play with space, shapes and visual cleaning.
Main Natural spaces
- Natural (Zoo and Botanical Garden ): Created in 1953, shows many zoological and botanical collections of great interest, being one of the most relevant in Spain. Programs for the conservation, reproduction and reintroduction of endangered animals are of great relevance as well as the activities of the Department of Environmental Education.
- Natural Reserve Laguna de Medina: Second largest lagoon in Andalusia. Surrounded by a luxuriant vegetable belt on its banks; Currently shelters interesting animal species.
- Montes de Propio: From the eleventh century it is known its botanical value to obtain medicinal plants. It currently occupies more than 7,000 hectares. It includes the Charco de Los Hurones and its village, which is conditioned for tourist purposes. There are also several cortijos.
The best time to visit is spring and autumn Jerez. Festivities leading tourist attractions are:
- Horse Fair (Feria del Caballo) - One of the largest and most important fairs of Andalusia because of its beauty and above all to be a public exhibition in which there are no private booths. Always held in May each year but on different dates and duration is 1 week. Enjoy tapas and wine from Jerez and dancing. It is advisable to visit at night to enjoy the parties and beautiful lighting, and avoid the heat. Half of the feria area is food/bar/dancing booths, and the other half is an amusement park with roller-coasters and other rides. Local bus routes are altered to go to the feria. Expect huge crushes of people on the Friday and weekend evenings.
- Holy Week- Every year varies the celebration of this Christian festival (usually in April but may also be in March). Holy Week in Jerez is one of the largest in Andalucia, comparable to Holy Week in Seville. There are a total of 37 teams. Some flamenco song can often be sang to the images in the streets of the city, especially those with are closer linked with the Flamenco suburbs.
- The Harvest Festival  - are held between September and October. Enter your program enters the Bulería Festival, the Grape Pisa, Spanish Polo Championship, Horses Parade, New Musics Festival, Medieval Market, Expo ...
- Festival Flamenco de Jerez, . This is considered the best flamenco festival in the world. In its last edition held 140 performances and 36 courses of flamenco. The festival was attended by 32 nationalities and 120 media around the world.
- Christmas time : Christmas time has a special and different flavor in Jerez, owing to mainly to their Zambombas. Being the most genuine expression of Jerez Christmas, this event is the meeting and union of people in neighborhoods patios, public squares or cafés and bar during almost every day –mainly weekends- along December (until Christmas day) to celebrate Christmas to the sound of traditional Christmas song, mix with the taste of Flamenco, and local gastronomy: a ring is formed around bonfires to sing and dance to carols spontaneously as Sherry wine, anise liquor and sweets are passed around. It was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest recently. Check the official Zambomba Calendar and just take part (http://www.jerez.es/especiales/navidad/zambombas).
- Flamenco (Andalusian Flamenco Centre , Ciudad del Flamenco , La Taberna Flamenca, Tablao del Bereber). Most "tabanco" offers Flamenco show (Tabanco El Pasaje, etc.).
- Grand Prix motorcycle Spain - is the largest test of the World Motorcycling Championship. Jerez de la Frontera is considered "Motor Mecca" for its incredible atmosphere biker in those three days. In the year 2007 the Circuit de Jerez broke the attendance record of Spain at a sporting event 134 138 people. A biker party of 246 000 tourists visited the city. The government runs special local buses to get to the track if you don't have a car.
- Bodegas González Byass (Tio Pepe ,
- Bodegas Romate .
- Bodegas Sandeman.
- Bodegas Domecq.
- Bodegas Williams & Humbert.
- Bodegas Garvey.
- Bodegas Harveys.
- Bodegas Lustau.
- Casco antiguo. Bring a map and let yourself discover the narrow streets, small squares and noble buildings from Middle Age. Calle Francos is a must, since was the central street during the Arabs dominion, linking the Santiago Gate and the Royal Gate (Plaza del Arenal), and Plaza del Mercado, in which the Andalusi market was established during the Middle Age as well.
- Alameda Vieja Walk at dusk around this area, on the top of the hil where the Alcazar was built. The fresh air from the cost, the nice and colorful sun make it unforgettable, besides enjoying one of the nicest area in the city, among the Cathedral, the Arab fortress and a Wine Cellar.
- Central Market - The Central Market was built in 1885. The whole business is built on a combination of stone, iron and glass that shape a building that exceeds its commercial character to become an essential meeting point for understanding the more traditional concept of traditional trade and their products in Jerez.
- Places and Malls - The beautiful squares and avenues are a must in Jerez: Plaza del Arenal, Alameda Cristina, Plaza Rafael Rivero, Plaza de la Asuncion, Plaza del Progreso, Alameda del Banco, Plaza de la Yerba, Alameda Vieja, Plaza del Caballo... Check "Go for a stroll"
Ten things to do in Jerez
- 1. Visit the Monumental Moorish Alcazar and Private Mosque and see the city through the Dark Room in 3D.
- 2. Visit a winery and know the system of solera and breeding DO Sherry wines (denomination of origin).
- 3. Visit The Recreo de las Cadenas Palace and see "How the Andalusian Horses Dance", an equestrian ballet accompanied by quintessential Spanish music and 18th century styled costumes.
- 4. Tabancora (Tabancos routes): take an Oloroso sherry wine (“scented” in Spanish) in the Tabanco Plateros before lunch and a Palo Cortado sherry in the Tabanco El Pasaje by dinner with some flamenco show.
- 5. Strolling along the ancient walls: from the Church of Santiago, we pass Calle Ancha, Calle Polvera until it ends at Calle Larga and Plaza del Arenal, and from there we go up to the San Miguel neighborhood
- 6. Visit the cloisters of Santo Domingo (14th century), the best preserved gothic cloisters in Andalusia.
- 7. Contemplate the Cathedral from the Alameda Vieja and see the dome of all the churches of the historic center
- 8. Stroll through the Central Market (Mercado Central de Abastos in Spanish) (built in 19th century and get lost in the tasty aromas of fruits, vegetables and fish surrounded by local people.
- 9. Breath quietness in the Palace of Time (Clocks Museum) in the Jardines de la Atalaya (XIX century, Place of Cultural Interest )
- 10. Have an aperitif at La Moderna (Calle Larga) enjoy the old Wall at the end of the place and have a drink in Damajuana (Calle Francos), an old palace with beautiful patio.
Go for a stroll
The 8 main squares in Jerez:
- 1. Plaza del Arenal: where Jerez dreams.
- 2. Place de la Asunción: formerly Notaries Square, the political center during the Middle Ages and one of the finest example of square in the city.
- 3. Plaza de las Angustias: the most seafaring square.
- 4. Plazuela de San Miguel: the soul of the neighborhood of San Miguel.
- 5. Alameda Vieja (1788): next to the Alcazar, with nice views and the breeze at dusk.
- 6. Alameda Cristina: historical and elegant walk, formerly access to the old quater.
- 7. Plaza Rafael Rivero. One of the finest and stately squares in the old quater.
- 8. Plaza Plateros. Bustling place in city center, full of outdoor bar terraces.
The iconic 5 streets to walk in Jerez
- 1. Calle Larga. The main commercial artery. From the Alameda Cristina to the Plaza del Arenal
- 2. Calle Tornería: winding the Jewish quarter. From Alameda Cristina to Plaza Plateros.
- 3. Francos Street: the commercial artery during the Middle Ages. From Plaza Plateros to the Puerta de * Santiago.
- 4. Porvera Street: the stately street towards Santiago. From Calle Ancha to Alameda Cristina.
- 5. Calle Caballeros: the stately street in San Miguel area. From Plaza Plateros to the Old Cross. Then we will go down the street Pedro Alonso until the Plaza de Las Angustias.
- Hammam Andalusí, Arabic Baths, has become an essential stop for any visitor to Jerez as indeed it is to many locals. It is set in a beautifully restored 18th century house in the old part of the town and consists in a circuit of 3 pools (warm hot and cold)with optional relaxing massages of 15 and 30 minutes, starting at €15 for an hour and a half of bath only, 25 and 40 with the respective massages included. They also have special treatments which include scrubs and wraps which are ideal for a couple and last 2 and a half hours. The accompanying relaxing music and candle-lit atmosphere provide for a truly memorable and relaxing time. Highly recommended. Incidentally, on the 21st October (Year?) they tell me they are going to open a stunning tea-room upstairs on the first floor, for those who might visit after that date.
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.
- Calle Larga. The local people, jerezanos, say that no one can talk about having been in Jerez and not having walking around this street. As large as the old wall was, this street is full of bars, shops and anything you may need.
- Jerez Souvenirs. Calle Lanceria, Centro Comercial Lanceria. Souvenirs about horses, flamenco and wine cellars.
- Vinoteca Rafael. Calle Arcos, 6. Any kind of Sherry wine you may fancy, you will find in this old-fashioned flavour shop.
- Zoco de Artesanía. Plaza Peones, s/n - Edif. Carnicerías Viejas. Charming place in the old-district. Handicrafts and local products.
- Sherry wine, including the sweet Pedro Ximenez and the exclusive Palo Cortado. Together with the Jerez wine, you can complement it with chamomile from Sanlúcar and Muscat from Chipiona.
- Sherry vinegar from Jerez, along with some Andalusian extra virgin olive oil.
- Cheeses. The Payoyo cheese from Villaluenga del Rosario, with sheep's milk merina grazalemeña.
- Christmas sweets like pestiños, but also from Medina Sidonia, especially the alfajores and amarguillos.
- Arcos buns (Bollos de Arcos), with unmistakable scent of cinnamon, oil, almonds, sugar and spices.
- Honey and derivatives (cosmetics, souvenirs, etc.) mainly from Jerez Honey Museum, with Eco certification.
- Flamenco art. Handicrafts and local products.
Main places to eat out are in city centre,
- The area between Plaza Plateros and Calle Consistorio, pedestrian places full of terraces.
- Beautiful and cozy spots like Plaza Rafael Rivero and Plaza del Banco.
- Around Calle Lanceria (Calle Larga extension)
- Calle Porvera (at the very beginning, close to Alameda Cristina).
- By Parra Vieja (San Miguel). Cozy taverns in flamenco district.
- Alboronia Bar-Tapas (Zoco de Artesanìa, Plaza Peones, s/n). One of the most beautiful terrace, in the handikrafts market main patio. Delicious tapas.
- Atuvera (Calle Ramón de Cala, 13 – San Miguel flamenco district). Gastrobar in a beautiful XVII century building. Tasty cuisine.
- La Cruz Blanca. (Calle Consistorio - Plaza de la Yerba). Nice place in a small old square by the city hall.
- Tabankino (Calle Ídolos, 15). Tabanco gourmet, where local people, Sherry wine and nouvelle cuisine meet Tabankino. It is well worth it to try.
- La Posada (calle Arboledilla, by Calle Medina). Old traditional restaurant re open as a new and quiet place with high quality food.
- El Almacen. (Calle Latorre). Cozy and elegant restaurant bar by the City Hall. If not eating, having some wine before by the bar is a good idea.
- Bar Juanito (Calle Pescaderia Vieja) Typical place, with handicraft tiles and bullfighting paintings. Regional menu. Don’t expect local people there, a bit pricy and touristic.
- Restaurante Albores. (Calle Consistorio). Nice restaurant by chef Julián Olivares. Try their croquettes.
- La Parra Vieja. Calle San Miguel. In the charming San Miguel area, well-known by its flamenco tradition, this restaurant is open since 1886.
- Restaurante San Juan. Italian Restaurant, medium-high price, next to the Church of St. John of Knights 
- Maypa, in the center of the San Miguel district. Cold tapas (specially spanish omelette) can be tasted in a typical environment.
- Tabanco Plateros (calle Algarve) – Cold tapas in high standing tables. Popular place among local people.
- Las Banderillas (calle Caballero) – Popular a-bit-noisy place for tapas. Local people. Their secret is a good value for money.
City area expansion
Not in downtown, other districts in the city:
- Albalá (avenida Duque de Abrantes esquina con Divina Pastora). Included in Guia Michelin. Innovative cuisine, interesting wine list and delicious desserts.
- Hontoria Garden Bar (Gonzalez Hontoria Park – Avenida Alcalde Álvaro Domecq). Fashionable place, in the main city park.
- Casa Pepa (Calle Madre de Dios, by central railway station). Warm place, Andalusian cuisine.
- Marruzella (Plaza de la Estación, by central railway station). Italian and fast food. Cheap and basic cuisine.
Jerez can enjoy one of the largest and unique countryside in Andalucia. On Sundays, many people drive to countryside to enjoy local food in a different atmosphere. Most traditional dishes are served: ‘‘ajo campero’‘,’‘sopa de tomate’‘, ‘‘tagarninas’‘, ‘‘carrillada’‘, ‘‘caracoles (spring only)’‘, fried fish (‘‘pescado frito’‘), ‘‘tortilla de patatas’‘, ‘‘ensaladillas’‘ , ‘‘tortillas de camarones’‘, ‘‘sangre con tomate’‘, ‘‘atún encebollado’‘, ‘‘menudo’‘.
You will need a car but it can worth it to try.
These countryside restaurants can be ‘‘Ventas‘‘ (place by the roads, where people usually stopover, where they could eat and buy some bread) or ‘‘Mosto‘‘ (named because it was the place where first grapes juice was made during the harvest, in the countryside).
Please, bear in mind than ‘‘ventas‘‘ and ‘‘mosto‘‘ are not the same!
- Venta Las Cuevas. Popular place from the city to the east countryside, by Estella del Marques countryside parish.
- Venta Antonio. A bit pricy, well know, on the way to Sanlucar de Barrameda.
- Venta Esteban. Typical dishes served. Beginning as a popular place, this place was transformed into a higher level restaurant in a new places, keeping the identity.
- Mosto Domi (Carretera de Trebujena, Km 2). Usually overcrowded since 13:30h, mainly in weekend. Not stylish, but good value for money.
- Mosto El Corregidor Viejo (Cañada del moro, s/n). Good place to taste old traditional dishes. Nice countryside views surrounding. Better to reserve in advance.
Tasting the local sherry is mandatory and tabanco is the place to taste it.
A tabanco is an ancient Sherry tavern born in Jerez back in the 17th century, currently with vintage look plastered with images reminiscent of the world of wine. Tabancora is the name of the route in which you will not miss out any of main tabancos in the city.
- Tabanco El Pasaje (Calle Santa Maria/Calle Mesones). Genuine old tavern, with some flamenco live show. Some local people but also increasing number of tourist.
- Tabanco San Pablo (Calle San Pablo). Ancient but still very popular place (you will be able to see old B/W pictures as it was), nice to have some tapas and wine.
- ' Tabanco Plateros' (Calle Algarve). Old-looking tavern, very popular among local people.
- Tabanco Romate (Calle Francos 18). Old palace turn into café-bar, being tavern a part of it. Beautiful place in old town, inside Damajuana.
- Tabankino (Calle Idolos). Tabanco gourmet, maybe more than just drinking but nice to visit.
- Tabanco (El Guitarron de) San Pedro (Calle Bizcocheros). Truly experience, a local neighborhood inside city centre. Quiet and nice, by Saint Peter church.
Tabanco San Pablo
- Tabanco La Pandilla (Calle Valientes). Quiet neighborhood inside city centre. Genuine tabanco that keeps the qualities of the taverns of old times. Old wines preserved in boots, and a smell of “solera”.
- Tabanco La Bodega (Calle Arcos, 5). Good place to buy Sherry wine with popular prices.
- Tabanco La Reja (Mesones, 6). Popular place, tapas and wine, traditional ornament. Good value for money.
- Bar la Moderna, end of the 'Larga' Street, close to Alameda Cristina. The ancient wall surrounding Jerez is still present at its back. A nice nightly environment.
- Damajuana (Calle Francos, 18). A nice bar in the old area, always busy and funny, many local people. Live pop music shows and cultural exchange. Good atmosphere.
- Café Bereber. Calle Cabezas, 8. Disco and bar in the historic heart of the city. Very late on weekend.
- Hontoria Garden Bar. Avenida Alvaro Domecq. A bit stylish, people around 40´s.
- Cuatro Gatos. Calle Santa Rosa, 10. Jam session every Tuesday, DJ sessions every weekend at night. Also blues, rock, punk. etc.
- Oxi. Calle Zaragoza. Big discoteca, mainly young people.
- Kapote. Avenida Alvaro Domecq. A bit stylish, people around 40´s.
Avenida Lola Flores Area
This new district, by the soccer stadium, attract many young people -and not so young-.
- La Thipica. Good for some drink, but you can even keep dancing on any Sunday evening.
- Discoteca Rouge. Terrace, different atmosphere. Ibiza flavour.
Jerez is a tolerant and respectful city about LGBT community. Every June 28th the gay flag is hoisted from the City Hall since 2001 and throughout the years there are numerous activities (film series, lectures, LGBT theatre, etc.)..
- La Plaza de Chueca Tea Dance and Café. Drag Queen Show every weekend and coffee place every Sunday evening. C / José Cádiz Salvatierra, 4
- La Alternativa. Vegetarian restaurant on San Pablo
- Discoteca Fangorias. Guadalcacín. The only one gay disco in the province. Mainly young people
- Damajuana (Calle Francos, 18). Not LGTB place, but gay-friendly, many gay people with straight friends here.
- La Fonda Barranco, C/Barranco 12, ☎ 956 332 141, . La Fonda Barranca is a delightful new boutique hotel in the historic centre of Jerez. Just eight rooms and a suite arranged around an interior courtyard tucked in behind a discreet street facade. Elegant Andalusian/Moroccan decor, superb showers and toileteries, and breakfast on the roof terrace. Very good value at about €85 (double) a night. It's comfortable, quiet, and friendly. edit
- NH Avenida Jerez, Avda. Alcalde Alvaro Domecq, 10, ☎ +34.95.6347411, . This comfortable hotel is situated in the centre of the city, near the ‘Real Escuela Andaluza de Arte Ecuestre’ (Andalusian Royal School of Equestrian Art). It has modern and functional decoration. edit
- Hostal Las Palomas, Calle Higueras 17 (Just off Calle Medina, half way between the train/bus station and the centre), . Shared bathroom, no breakfast. Single 20, double 35.. edit
From Jerez de la Frontera you can take different routes.
- Almohad and Almoravids route - You will be able to enjoy and experience the heritage of Islamic culture in Jerez and in other locations on the route.
- Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Chipiona and Doñana National Park route - Through this route you will reach some of the most interesting part of the province. Sanlucar de Barrameda is situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River (at its mouth), compared to Doñana National Park. In Chipiona you can visit the Sanctuary of the Virgen de Regla and its lighthouse. To achieve this route should take road A-480. Jerez, Sanlucar The ride lasts for 15/20 minutes.
- El Puerto de Santa Maria and Cadiz Route - From Jerez you can get to El Puerto de Santa Maria in just 10 minutes. In the port we can enjoy the Castillo de San Marcos or its excellent sandy beaches. If you want you can go to Cadiz or the A4 road or catamaran service which costs € 1.80 one way. It is also possible to go to Cadiz, taking the typical Vaporcito.
- White Villages route - This is one of the most beautiful routes that can be performed. With this route you will discover the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema. The journey Jerez de la Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera is done in about 25-30 minutes. Arcos is one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia, Spain, and the first village of the White Villages Route. Arcos balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the fertile valley of the river Guadalete below. Historic-Artistic Monument offers a typical Andalusian architecture and Arab descent. It is also essential to visit El Bosque and Grazalema Benamahoma.
- Atlantic Flyway - With it you can enjoy the excellent beaches and beautiful towns of the northwest coast and the bay. This route is a dense semi-wild coast of white sandy beaches dotted with fishing villages that reach Tarifa.
- Ruta del Toro - including the fields of Jerez, and followed by Medina Sidonia Alcala de los Azules and the Natural Park of Alcornocales abound graze pastures where wild bull are. Beautiful setting and exquisite cuisine.