Excursion to Jerez de la Frontera from Seville
An interesting day trip from Seville is to the city of Jerez, the capital of an extensive region that stretches from the Sierra Baja hills to the sea, rich in agriculture and livestock and world famous for the grape culture from which its famous wine is made.
Jerez has a privileged location as it is an important road junction, and has good air and rail communications, offering a wide range of hotels and restaurants. Its proximity to the coast is an added attraction as the magnificent beaches of the province of Cadiz are just a few minutes’ drive away.
What to see in Jerez
Jerez is a city to visit by walking through its historic centre, very Andalusian, where we will find its main monuments. The magnificent old Colegiata del Salvador cathedral stands out.
Among its many churches we highlight the 15th-century church of San Miguel in the gypsy quarter, the churches of San Mateo and Santiago in one of Andalusia’s most flamenco neighbourhoods. There are also several convents, palatial homes and museums. Among the civil monuments are the town hall and the Alcázar. The bustling shopping streets, such as the Calle Larga and Arcos, with their classic and traditional commerce, are also worth mentioning.
Sherry has been a key element in the history and economy of Jerez and has also left its mark on the city with a large number of wineries of great architectural value, including those of Gonzalez Byass and Domecq, among others, which can be visited with tasting included.
Horses have played a key role in the history of Jerez. For many centuries the Carthusians maintained the Carthusian breed, which has survived to the present day. We would like to recommend you visit the Real Escuela Andaluza de Arte Ecuestre (Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) and its shows.
The Tempu Zoo and Botanical Park is very attractive for children.
What to eat
The gastronomy is characterised by the tapas culture, with its typical dishes such as “puchero”, “cola de Toro”, “Riñones al Jerez”, cabbage, etc.
In addition to this, fish and seafood that they bring from Puerto de Santa Maria.
The sherries are outstanding, especially the finos, amontillados, olorosos and musts in season. The internationally famous brandy of Jerez and vinegar of Jerez are protected by a denomination of origin.
Festivals and events
Popular festivals include Easter Week and the Horse Fair in May.
The Jerez speed circuit is an important attraction for motorcycle and car racing fans. The Spanish Motorcycle Grand Prix is usually one of the first rounds of the Motorcycle World Championship and is the one that attracts the most spectators.