Enjoy a fantastic day tour from Seville. Get to know Jerez de la Frontera, its amazing horses and an authentic sherry bodega. The tour continues in Cadiz, one of Spain´s hidden gems. A perfect tour to combine culture and wine with a superb horse dance show and an introduction to the famous Sherry wines of Jerez de la Frontera. The day ends with a visit to the fantastic, yet unknown, city of Cadiz. A top hidden gem in Spain! … Read More
Although a small city, there is plenty to do and see in Jerez de la Frontera. Jerez is a city in the south of Spain located in Andalusia and the province of Cádiz.
At just a little over an hour from Seville and easily accessible from other cities, Jerez makes for a great day trip. You can get to Jerez from Seville by train or join one of the bus tours that run from Seville and which include activities that make for a fantastic day of sightseeing at your own pace in this wonderful Andalusian city.
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Enjoy a winer tour to Tio Pepe, Gonzalez Byass, one of Spain´s top wineries and a must-do visit in Jerez de la Frontera. You will be able to visit the monumental winery facility and taste its famous wines known all over the world.
The story of this legendary winery dates back to 1835 when Manuel María González Ángel reached Jerez. That year he acquired a winery and began producing and exporting their wines. González joined his agent in England, Robert Blake Byass, and Gonzalez-Byass was born.
The company remains family-owned and Tio Pepe is highlighted among its wineries in Jerez. We have to recall as well their brands of Soberano and Lepanto brandy … Read More
The Andalusian horses are a very big part of Jerez culture. They even have an annual horse fair that takes place in May called the “Feria de Caballo”, a very important and exciting time for this city. This is one of the top things to do in Spain in May, so if you happen to be in Seville around this time of the year, do not hesitate it and visit Jerez de la Frontera to experience a unique colorful Fiesta where horses, flamenco and sherry wine are present everywhere.
One of the top things to do in Jerez is to witness how the Andalusian horses dance. Shows take place at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art every Tuesday and Thursday. The horse show is included in some of the tours that visit Jerez from Seville. Tours may also include a visit to one of Spain’s most famous wineries and free time in the city of Cádiz.
Jerez is the home to the largest sherry producer in the world. Gonzalez-Byass originated in 1835 and continues to be a family-run business.
You have probably heard of their brand of fino sherry called Tío Pepe. The brand´s icon of the wine bottle dressed in a red Andalusian hat and jacket is recognized all over the world.
The Tio Pepe winery offers a fantastic visit of its facilities at different hours of the day. The tour can be booked in English through our website.
Of course, Jerez is most famous for its sherry production. Even if you are not a fan of sherry now, without a doubt, you will gain an appreciation for sherry after doing at least one winery tour in Jerez. A winery visit is one of the top things to do in Jerez.
The smaller sherry wineries may not have the fame of Tío Pepe but they are expanding their international presence and beginning to gain more recognition. In addition to visiting Gonzalez Byass, we would recommend visiting one of the smaller and more premium wineries of Jerez. You can learn more about the wines from Jerez de la Frontera and the Marco de Jerez in our what are sherry wines article.
Jerez de la Frontera is one of the hottest places in Spain for Flamenco. It boasts one of the country´s top flamenco schools and the city offer a good number of shows that can be enjoyed all year round.
Jerez is not just about its sherry wineries. What else is there to see in Jerez? The Alcázar of Jerez is one example. Located in the center of the city, the Alcázar is a Moorish fortress that dates back to the 11th century.
If you decide to go to the Alcázar, do not forget to visit the camera obscura in the highest part of its tower for a 360-degree view of the city of Jerez down below. The ruins of the Alcazar and its gardens are also quite impressive.
Another suggestion for things to see in Jerez is to visit its Cathedral, called the Catedral de San Salvador. Beautiful on the inside and out, the cathedral is from the 17th century and is a mix of Baroque, Neoclassicist, and Gothic style.
The architecture of the sherry producing wineries in Jerez de la Frontera is quite remarkable. White arches and pillars, rows upon rows of dark wooden barrels, very high ceilings…these “wine cathedrals” are a sight you cannot miss while in Jerez de la Frontera, the world capital of sherry.
Local gastronomy in Jerez de la Frontera is best enjoyed at a Tabanco. First things first since you may be asking yourself what is a Tabanco. Well, a Tabanco is a traditional tavern that originated as a place where sherry wine was sold. Sherry wine was sold in bulk at Tabancos and the wine would be served directly from the botas or oak barrels. Tabancos are a great place today to enjoy this culture around wine, but also to enjoy flamenco music. Traditionally tabancos would be a place where flamenco music would appear spontaneously. Today some tanbancos employ flamenco singers and guitar players.
If you enjoyed this post and are planning a day trip to Jerez de la Frontera, we recommend you also take a look at this section with interesting information about the Sherry wine region. If you have an interest in Sherry wines, this post on differences between Sherry wine and champagne is also interesting.
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