Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera in the Land of Sherry
In the heart of a wine-growing and agricultural region formed by the valley of the Guadalquivir River, Jerez de la Frontera is famous for its wines of Xeres as well as for its equine and taurine breeding and its buildings dating from medieval times.
With 215,000 inhabitants, the city, the most important city in the province of Cádiz, is also one of the cradles of a flamenco still living in some historic districts of the city such as San Miguel or Santiago.
Like other municipalities in Andalusia, the Frontera appellation is a reference to the historical boundaries between the Muslim and Catholic kingdoms.
If from this medieval period one can still admire its Alcazar and its ramparts, the chapel of Santa Maria la Real, it is also at this time that was created by monks the race’ cartujana’, the Andalusian horse.
Lovers of equestrian arts will not fail to visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, which also hosted the World Equestrian Games in 2002, the ”Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre” founded in 1973 just a few steps from the historic centre of Jerez.
The oldest monument of the city, dating from the 12th century, the Alcazar of Almohad origin holds the most attention. It was at the reconquest of Jerez by the Christians at the end of the 13th century that it underwent transformations and redevelopment. One reaches its ramparts offering a panorama of the city after having crossed calm gardens and bodies of water. It is also equipped with patios, Moorish baths and thirteen towers.
Next door is the church of Santa Maria la Real, built on an ancient mosque and the tower of the Palacio de Villavicencia, a baroque building with its obscure room from which the view of the city is also interesting.
San Salvador Cathedral is without a doubt the most important religious building in Jerez de la Frontera. Built as a Cathedral in 1980, it was built in the 17th century in a style of architecture combining Baroque, Gothic and Neoclassical architecture with a tower of Mudéjares influences. Classified as a cultural site of great cultural interest in 1931, the cathedral offers permanent exhibitions of works by painters, goldsmiths and sculptors on the theme of religion.
ADDRESSES À JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
Alcazar de Jerez
Calle Alameda Vieja.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 6 pm.
Admission: 5 € – 9 € with the dark room. Reduced rate: 1,80 € – 4,20 € for the dark room.
Cathedral of San Salvador de Jerez de la Frontera
Plaza de la Encarnación.
Exhibition schedule: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6:30 pm.
Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
Avendida Duque de Abrantes.
The visit of this prestigious equestrian school allows you to discover the facilities and to attend the training sessions of its riders with magnificent white mounts.
The school’s attraction: its equestrian show “How do Andalusian horses dance?” for an hour and a half. It is a pure moment of magic to admire these riders dressed in 18th century costumes, to ride in rhythm these beautifully brushed and glossy mounts to make, among other things, the famous “Andalusian paso”.
Opening hours: Closed on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. On other days the school is open from 10 am to 2 pm.
Hitch Museum: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday until 3 pm for a show. Admission: €4.50, reduced to €2.50 for children and pensioners.
Thematic visits and equestrian art museum: Mondays and Tuesdays in January and February, Wednesdays and Fridays (except August and September) from 10 am to 2 pm. Rates: 11 €, 6,50 € for children and pensioners.
Horse show: Tuesdays at 12 pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 12 pm in August and September as well as one Saturday per month. Price: from 13 to 27 € according to discounts.
Municipal Archaeological Museum of Jerez de la Frontera
Plaza del Mercado.
The museum was founded in 1873 inside the portico of Cabildo Viejo in the old town. Equipped with two exhibition halls, it has an exceptional piece with a Corinthian helmet discovered in 1938 in the vicinity of the Rio Guadalete.
Winter hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm. June 15 to September 15, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, Holy Week, Feria, 9 am to 2:45 pm.
Admission: 5 €. Reduced price: 1,80 €. Group rate: 3 € Admission combined with the Alcazar and the 13th century cloister of Santo Domingo located Alameda Marqués de Casa Domecq: 9 €.
In Jerez, there are many associations, cultural centres and rooms dedicated to flamenco that organize concerts, ask for information at the Tourist Office.
Andalusian Flamenco Centre (Centro Andaluz de Documentación del Flamenco)
Plaza San Juan, 1.
Located in the Palazzo Pemartín, near the Plaza Santiago, the centre of flamenco jerezano, the documentation centre of flamenco whose aim is to preserve the heritage and memory of flamenco while preserving its authenticity, offers concerts, exhibitions and seminars T Edes conferences on the world of flamenco.
BODEGAS DE JEREZ
Calle Muro, 28.
In the north-western part of the old town, over the generations, the Urium cellars have become the temple of traditional Jerez wines. Visits by appointment only.
Bodegas Gonzales Byass – Tio Pepe
Calle Manuel María González, 12.
Gonzales Byass family wineries were founded in 1835. The visit includes a tasting of’ fino’, brandies or wines with explanations on the vinification and maturing of these great wines. A small train meandering from cellar to cellar through gardens and vineyards to finish at the cellar shop completes the visit.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 12 noon to 6 pm, Sunday from 12 noon to 2 pm.
The visits, about 2 hours, are commented. In French at 2 p. m. every day. Admission from 10 € – 5 € for children.
Plaza del Arenal, Edificio Los Arcos.
Opening hours: in summer from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm and then from 5 pm to 7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, from 9:30 am to 4 pm in August.
In low season from 9 am to 3 pm and then from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Access: from El Puerto de Santa Maria or Seville by N-IV
Plaza de la Estación, 1.
Located to the east of the historical centre, the station offers several daily connections to Cádiz and Seville, but also to Madrid and Barcelona with changes. The’ estación’ is also served by’ cercanias’, local trains that are slower but more economical.
Plaza de la Estación.
It is located next to the railway station. Several companies, Los Amarillos, Transportes Comes and Secorbus provide daily regional and national connections.
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