I Just started my second year in Jerez. Moved here because of my boyfriend’s job and fell in love with the authenticity of the place, sherry wines and the beauty of the province. Jerez is very well known for its Sherry wines, horses and flamenco music.
Best Time To Visit
I would say late spring, summer and early autumn, when the temperatures are high and you can enjoy beautiful beaches of the province, eat delicious ice-cream in the city and simply wear lovely summer clothes.
Places I Like
You can start with Gonzalez Byass (Tio Pepe), which is one of the most visited wineries in the world. While it really is big and interesting, it may give you a feel of being a bit too touristy. In that case, you have plenty of other wineries to visit. I highly recommend Bodegas Tradición. Much smaller than Tio Pepe and way more authentic. Not only you get to taste great wines (some of them are 30 years old and more), you also get a tour in their art gallery, where you can see paintings by some really well known artists such as Goya, Velazquez and el Greco.
The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Foundation
a.k.a La Fundación Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre a Spectacular place and horses, horses and one more time – horses. You can see the show of “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”, or just simply pay a visit, where you can enjoy its beautiful gardens, see the horse training, visit different museums and actually see and pet the horses. I’ve been there 3 times already and intend on going again.
If you happen to come to Jerez in summer (or late Spring/early autumn) you just have to go and see some beaches of the province. The closest ones you have are Playa Ballena, Cádiz or Puerto Santa Maria, but the ones that really stand out are – Playa Bolonia, Zahara de los Atunes and Los Caños de Meca. There’s more to discover, so if you have time – go ahead.
Feria del Caballo (Festival of the horses)
The festival of the city, which takes places in May. One week of lots of fun, drinks, food and dance! You can also see lots of beautiful traditional clothing (flamenco dresses) and, of course, horses pulling carriages. It’s really beautiful. To me it’s one of the best festivals I have ever seen and I can’t wait for another one.
Camara Oscura in Alcazar
Dark chamber in the palace of Alcazar, While I wasn’t mesmerized by the palace and its gardens itself, what I really liked was the dark chamber. It’s a tiny dark room that has some sort of huge plate in the middle and a small opening or lens on the roof, so the real image of an object is received through the opening and transferred on the plate. It is a great experience and a nice way to see the city from another angle.
Mercado Central (La Plaza)
Market place in Central Jerez. Good place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy and, of course, all kinds of sea food.
Zoo of Jerez
Good activity for people traveling with kids.
Tabanco El Pasaje
Great for some live flamenco performances.
Places To Eat
Great variety of all kinds of Sherry wines and other drinks for really decent prices. They also have some great tapas – definitely try Queso Payoyo and Chicharones. It’s almost always full of locals, which gives a great atmosphere.
Wonderful place to try some amazing Spanish food.
Great atmosphere, chilled out music, relaxing décor and big variety of teas. The kitchen is very good too.
Pasteleria Delicia Rosa
Lovely place for a nice coffee and a piece of cake. You can choose from a big variety, but I can assure you – all are great.
Cantinita del Amor
Mexican food canteen. Fast service, decent prices and some great tacos.
Ways To Travel Around
Definitely walking, since the city is not that big. Renting a bike is a good idea too.
Try to blend in with locals
It’s the best way to get the most of your experience. Also, if you’re visiting in summer, don’t go outside during siesta time (unless you’re on the beach). It’s more or less time from 1pm to 4pm. It’s way too hot and most stores are closed.
If you’re motorcycle lover
You should visit the circuit of Jerez. With a MotoGP world championship taking place on the first weekend of May, it’s something well worth a visit.
Visit surrounding villages such as Olvera, Setenil de las Bodegas, Medina Sidonia, Arcos de la Frontera and many others.