Planning a trip to Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera is a city in the south of Spain near Seville (despite it belonging to the province of Cadiz) that every sherry lover should plan on visiting at least once. Even if sherry is not your particular favorite wine, it is very rare that one leaves Jerez without falling a little bit in love with this city. And once you visit a sherry winery and learned about the fascinating way it is made, your feelings for sherry wine will grow as well. (Some people find very interesting the similarities that exist between Sherry and champagne which we have written a previous post about.)
Jerez is everything that you would expect a Spanish city to be. It is most famous for its traditional sherry bodegas known for their cathedral-like structures, their Andalusian horses, and, of course, flamenco. Incorporate a bit of these three elements in your visit and you will be sure to have experienced the true essence of this magnificent Spanish city.
How long should I plan my stay in Jerez?
The number of days you should spend in Jerez de la Frontera depends on the length of your trip and the other cities you plan on visiting. Although a smaller city, there is plenty to see and there are convenient day trips from Jerez de la Frontera as well. With 3 to 4 days in Jerez, you will have time to get to know the city well and even visit the neighboring cities of Puerto de Santa María, San Lucar de Barrameda or Cadiz which are easily accessible. Spain's most famous National Park, Doña Ana, is located very close to San Lucar de Barrameda (as well as to Jerez).
Don't have time to stay one night or more? Not to worry. A day trip to Jerez from Seville, for example, is a nice introduction to the city. Our self-guided tour to Jerez de la Frontera from Seville includes a comfortable train ride, 2 sherry wineries, and time to explore a few sights before heading back to your hotel in Seville.
When should I go to Jerez de la Frontera?
The hottest months in Jerez de la Frontera are July and August, therefore these best be avoided if possible. The best times of year to visit are probably late spring and early fall when the temperatures are less extreme in the south of Spain.
You may want to consider going during one of Jerez's popular festivals such as the Jerez Flamenco Festival in February, the Jerez Horse Fair in May, or the Jerez Sherry Festival in September that celebrates the grape harvest. Plan these trips well in advance as hotels tend to get booked for these festivals.
Which wineries should I visit?
Although these are not the best times for the demand of sherry wine and many wineries have seen their doors close in the past years, you will still be able to find a good number of wineries in Jerez. We strongly recommend you book in advance, especially if you plan to do winery visits in English. A good option is to book our Sherry Winery Pass that includes 2 winery visits selected from the best options available for the day you plan on visiting Jerez.
There is, of course, more to Jerez than its sherry wineries. Take a look at our suggestions for things to do in one day in Jerez de la Frontera.
How do I get to Jerez de la Frontera?
Jerez de la Frontera is easily accessible by different means of transportation. Jerez has an airport at less than 20 minutes from the city center. Ryanair even has flights available through London, Barcelona, and Frankfurt.
The train service is excellent in this part of Spain. Jerez is just a one hour train ride from Seville and connects easily with nearby cities you may want to visit. A less than 10-minute train ride will get you to the beach and El Puerto de Santa María.
Driving in Spain is always a good option, but it is not always necessary and especially in Jerez.
We hope you have found this information useful. You can also get some ideas on building a wine trip in Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto de Santa María and San Lucar de Barrameda in this wine route in Jerez section.
For additional information on planning your trip to southern Spain, check out the official tourism website for Jerez de la Frontera.
A self-guided day tour in Jerez de la Frontera including transportation by train from Seville. From the train station, take a nice walk to 2 of the best sherry wineries in Jerez, the Sherry capital of Andalucía. Enjoy two English-guided winery visits by a wine professional (1-1 ½ hours each) and taste the different types of sherry at the end of each visit. A perfect introduction to the famous Sherry wines of Jerez de la Frontera