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Jerez de la Frontera city guide

Alcazar de jerez de la Frontera

Jerez de la Frontera – Wine cathedrals, Flamenco and Andalusian horses

Jerez de la Frontera is a short versión of Andalusia. Any person with just one day to understand what Andalusian means should not visit Seville, Granada nor Cordoba, but Jerez de la Frontera instead. However, Jerez de la Frontera is not included in many itineraries to visit Spain and it is usually forgotten during travel planning in Andalusia. In this city guide of Jerez de la Frontera we will try to get you convinced that Jerez is a must-see, especially if you want to enjoy wines, get surprised by horses that dance some sort of poetry in motion or get to see the cradle of Flamenco. Is this not enough to pay a visit?

Jerez de la Frontera city guide - Table of Contents

Sandeman Winery in Jerez
Sandeman Winery in Jerez
Horse inside equeastrian horse school in Jerez
Horse inside equeastrian horse school in Jerez

Practical information to plan your visit to Jerez de la Frontera

5 top reasons to visit Jerez de la Frontera

Andalusian horses. Jerez de la Frontera organizes every year in July the Jerez horse fair. Horses and flamenco play a vital role in this fair. You do not need to visit during this time to enjoy the Andalusian horses. The Royal Andalusian school of equestrian art trains horses and runs shows that are the delight of adults and children alike.

The Cathedral. Built above an old mosque (this can be best seen in the patio with orange trees inside the cathedral), the cathedral of Jerez is one of the mos recent cathedrals in Spain. It was previously considered as a collegiate church and only since 1980 it became a cathedral. A beautiful Mudejar style tower and a harmonious mix of architectural styles (baroque, neoclassical and gothic) make it a very special place, though our favorite attraction is the outstanding painting by Zurbaran in one of the chapels. 

Alcazar de Jerez de la Frontera. Though this Alcazar is not as impressive as the Alcazar in Seville or the Alcazar in Cordoba, it is yet worth visiting. The Alcazar dates back to the 11th century and the octagonal tower which is in place is from the late 12th century. There are Moorish baths inside the Alcazar. You will enjoy its Patio de Armas at the entrance, gardens that introduce us to the Moorish atmosphere and a beautiful mosque which was converted into the chapel of Santa María la Real. Most people enjoy the most fantastic views of Jerez de la Frontera from the tower of the palace.

Sherry wine. Jerez de la Frontera boasts over 20 wineries that produce sherry wine. Some of these bodegas offer fantastic architecture besides interesting tours to understand the history and today´s reality of sherry. Sherry is one of the finest wines in the world and despite its popularity has dropped in recent decades, it is overall unique, and difficult to produce. A drink with a very strong British influence, it has shaped the culture of Jerez as much as horses and flamenco.

Flamenco

Best time to visit Jerez de la Frontera

Unless there is a local event, Burgos is not too busy on weekends so, any day of the week is a good option though many restaurants will be closed on Monday.  

Our favorite months to enjoy Burgos are April, May, June, September and October

Weather in Jerez de la Frontera

Due to its altitude (900 meters above sea level), winters in Burgos are cold and long and ther eis an important temperature difference between day and night. 

From November till March you can expect average high temperatures of 50-55 F. Warmest months are July and August with high averages of 75-80 F. Burgos is dry and the likelihood of rain is below 20% in all months but April and November, when it gets near 30%

interactive tourist map of Jerez de la Frontera

Recommended attractions in Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez de la Frontera boosts a good number of fantastic wineries that can get visited. The Alcazar , beautiful churches, the San Salvador Cathedral and the Real Escuela de Andaluza de Arte ecuestre are its mani attracttions.  

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A short history of Jerez de la Frontera

In 882 Alfonso III of León reconquered the city from the Arabs. Subsequently, Count Diego Rodriguez Porcelos built a castle and established a settlement, mostly composed of brave troops. During the course of the following century, Count Fernán Gonzalez, founder of the province of Castile, made Burgos the capital of the province.

The area up to the boundaries had to be continuously defended during the struggle with the Arabs, until it became an independent kingdom under King Ferdinand I. In 1075 King Alfonso VI moved the episcopal seat from Oca to Burgos and subsequently had the first Romanesque Cathedral built here. The city of Burgos became very important when all foreign trade of Castilla was put under its jurisdiction (this model was later used at la Casa de Contratación in Seville that regulated trade with America) . But Burgos political and economical importance declined when Madrid was declared the only Corte. IN 1808 the French defeated the Spaniards at Burgos and the city was re-gained by British troops in 1813. Burgos was used as a base for campaigns to gain Madrid and Northern parts of Spain by Franco during the Spanish civil war. The economy of Burgos today is a mix of agriculture and manufacturing. Tourism has grown in importance and to the Cathedral, medieval art and gastronomy, the Museum of the Human evolution has increased its interest for family tourism.

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