What to do in Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz

11 Apr
2017
Last update: 20 January, 2020

The province of Cadiz offers some spectacular towns and cities to enjoy during a trip.

Discover what to do in Jerez de la Frontera to enjoy your trip to Andalucia at best.

The city of Jerez de la Frontera lies in north-east of Cadiz, and it is one of the three top points of the Sherry Triangle. The part of “de la Frontera” (of the Border”) refers to the Border of Granada, as it happens with Conil de la Frontera. What was once a small town, has now become a city with a much bigger population than Cadiz itself, thanks to its location in the middle of West Andalucia.

You can enjoy the city of Jerez de la Frontera in as many ways as you prefer. Just take a look at the tips below, and Jerez will be yours!

Tour around the city centre

The city centre of Jerez has been declared “Historic-Artistic Grouping”, and this is not surprising! The numerous civilisations that have been ruling the city for centuries, from the Phoenicians to the Christian Monarchs, have left their traces in the monuments and streets of Jerez. You can choose to visit the many churches disseminated in Jerez, among which the majestic Cathedral of San Salvador  stands out. Declared Cathedral only in 1980, you can enjoy its orange tree Patio and a mix of Baroque, Neoclassical and Gothic styles.

Cathedral of san Salvador in Jerez de la Frontera

As a curiosity, you should know that the construction of the Cathedral started in 1695 and, due to the lack of economic resources, a fee was added to the Sherry Wine. This way, the process could come to an end. As a reminder of the importance of the wine in Jerez’s life, every year a “Pisa de la Uva” event takes place in front of the Cathedral when the first grape harvest is blessed. In fact, the name means “the Grape Treading”.

Pisa de las Uvas in Jerez

You can also take a look at many other churches that were built on the remains of ancient mosques, when the Catholic Monarchs conquered Jerez in 1264, such as the Churches of San Dionisio and that of San Marcos .

But Jerez is not only churches. You can also enjoy the manors that fill its streets, the most renowned being the 19th-century Palacio Duque de Abrantes , which welcomes the Real Escuela Andaluza de Arte Ecuestre. Here, the famous Andalusian horses are bred and trained, which you can see by booking your ticket here. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art also welcomes a Horse Carriage Museum, which you can’t miss out on if you love animals.

Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez

Lastly, but by no means, the least, is the Alcázar . This defensive fort was built in the 11th/12th century, which makes it the most ancient Almohad building of the Iberian Peninsula. It is composed of various parts, among which palaces, gardens, a mosque and Arab Baths that are worth a visit.

Taste the worldwide famous wine of Jerez

Jerez de la Frontera is one of the three main points of the Sherry Triangle together with El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It is here where the famous Sherry Wine is produced, thanks to the high fertility of the soil and the mild climate conditions. In Jerez, you will only have to choose among the 20+ wineries spread all over the city to taste the best wine ever.

Winery in Jerez

Make the most of Feria del Caballo de Jerez

As mentioned afore, Jerez has one of the most ancient Equestrian Art Schools of the Iberian Peninsula. It is no wonder that the famous Caballo Andaluz is a real pride of the breeders in Jerez. Likewise, the 15th-century monks of Cartuja de Jerez mixed a German horse with the Caballo Andaluz, breeding the Jerez Horse.

The Feria de Caballo de Jerez, also known as the much simpler “Feria de Jerez”, takes place one week after the April Fair of Seville. This Feria, declared of International Tourist Interest of Spain, welcomes horse races and parades, as well as Flamenco dances. It occurs in the Parque González Hontoria , where more than 250 stalls fight for the best decoration and tapa. 

Horse parade during the Feria de Jerez

Discover the cradle of Flamenco

Many say that it is Jerez the true cradle of Flamenco, for being the birthplace of some of the most famous and renowned Flamenco dancers and singers. However, it is no disagreement that Jerez is the perfect representative of this art.

In fact, you can find the Centro Andaluz de Flamenco , with the most detailed information and documents regarding the Flamenco, in the neighbourhood of Santiago, in the Pemartín palace.  

Feel the adrenaline in the Circuito de Jerez

Lovers of speed find their heaven in Jerez . This four-km-long circuit, which was inaugurated in 1985, has been welcoming , has been welcoming motorcycle- and car races for years. It is usually in May when one of the most adrenalin races of the World Motorcycle Championship is celebrated here. The circuit is to be found 10 km east of Jerez, which you can reach thanks to the A382.

Circuit of Jerez

Reach the most spectacular beaches and white towns

The location of Jerez allows its visitors to enjoy the spectacular beaches of the Costa de la Luz. In fact, its location close to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz and Chiclana de la Frontera, provides its visitors with some of the best beaches in Cadiz province. Likewise, Doñana National Park is just 40 min by car.

And if you fancy a trip to the most appealing white towns of Cadiz, know that Jerez is the ideal place to start.

Visit the cities of Seville and Cadiz

At the same time, the airport of Jerez  serves the area surrounding the province of Cadiz, to which it is connected through 1 hour and 15 minute-long bus tours and the C-1 and Seville-Cadiz medium distance trains. The airport, located 8 km north-west of Jerez, is provided with various low-cost flights, which can take a look at here.

Places to stay in Jerez de la Frontera

To enjoy all these things to do in Jerez de la Frontera, you should take a look at the best holiday homes and villas in Jerez and its surroundings. This way, you will be able to make the most of your day in Jerez and then, relax and recharge batteries in a comfortable holiday rental. All you have to do is click on the button below.

To choose what to do in Jerez de la Frontera has never been clearer.

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