Jerez de la Frontera, usually called Jerez, is a charming city in southern Spain's Andalusia region. Here in the province of Cádiz, visitors will discover an authentic equestrian and flamenco culture, as well as rustic monuments and that warm Spanish hospitality.
Architecture aficionados will find much to enjoy about Jerez. The 17th-century Jerez de la Frontera Cathedral is a must-see, blending Gothic, baroque and Neoclassical architectural elements to stunning effect. Built between the 11th and 12th centuries, the mighty Alcázar is one of the best-preserved monuments in Andalusia. The former Moorish fortress is a sight to behold, and its bulky defensive walls and towers are to this day impressively conserved.
There are plenty of exciting things to see and do in Jerez de la Frontera. The city is packed with tabancos or bars, offering sherries grown in nearby vineyards. Tabanco San Pablo and Tabanco El Pasaje highlights, where you can sample sherries and enjoy flamenco shows well into the night. For an insight into the region’s history, check out the Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Jerez de la Frontera – it’s packed with treasures including Corinthian relics. Elsewhere, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art shows how important horseriding is here. Be sure to attend a horse show and visit the school’s museum to learn about the city’s equestrian history.