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Why Visit Jerez in Spain

Mostly, when people plan their Spain itinerary, the first cities that appear on their must-visit list are Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Cordoba. And rightly so, each of them offers something special, showing Spain from a different angle. But if you don't consider anything but mainstream destinations, you won't be able to enjoy this incredible country to the fullest. And the city of Jerez is a shining example.

Nestled just 90 km (56 mi) from vibrant Seville, this incredible city often goes unnoticed and that's one of the things that make it such a great destination. Even if you are visiting sunny Spain during the most popular months, you are unlikely to face endless lines, huge tourist crowds near the main Jerez attractions, and overbooked hotels.

A Spanish holiday without sangria is just as unthinkable as London without the red telephone boxes scattered around the city. And Jerez stands out from the rest of Spain because of the city's main pride - sherry. Being the birthplace of this noble drink, Jerez is the only place in the world where sherry (anglicization of Jerez wine) is made out of the palomino grapes that grow in the loose, chalky soil, giving the drink its recognizable taste. They say that Ferdinand Magellan, preparing for his sail around the world half a millennium ago, spent more money on this exquisite wine than he did on weapons. With history as rich as this, no Jerez tour will be complete without a sherry degustation (the most famous brand is Tio Pepe).

Apart from excellent wine, the scenic city of Jerez is also renown for being home to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Being among the four best prestigious classical riding academies on the planet, this institution is known as a place where some of the finest horses in the world are being bred and trained. And the Royal School is open for visitors. You are welcome to attend a training class (as an observant) or take a walk in the property's magnificent gardens during your Jerez city tour. Every Tuesday at noon, the school invites those willing to watch the amazing equestrian ballet, "How the Andalusian Horses Dance".

The best thing about charming Jerez is that its main sights are located within walking distance from each other.

Best Things to Do During Jerez Tours

  • Enjoy a glass of sherry in one of the local bars called "tabancos"
  • Attend at least one of the main Jerez festivals: the Grape Harvest Fair and the Flamenco festival
  • Watch a "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" show in the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
 

Your Jerez exploration can also include the Plaza del Arenal in the center of the city and the 12th-century Alcazar Fortress (there is a small mosque inside and for an additional fee you are welcome to climb upstairs to enjoy the panoramic views of the city). Then you can continue to the relatively young 18th-century Jerez de la Frontera Cathedral. Or, if you are already tired of sightseeing, the old narrow streets and the beautiful architecture make the city a perfect place to just aimlessly wander around and enjoy the sunlight, great wine, and one of the most amazing countries in the world.

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