Jerez de la Frontera - A city with the best horses, flamenco, and wines
Location: Midway Between the Sea and the Mountains
A municipality in the province of Cádiz in Andalusia in south-western Spain, it is 30 kilometers inland towards Seville. It is also the fifth largest city in Andalusia, and the biggest transportation and communications hub in the province. It is located about 7.5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
Business: Fruit of the Vine
Jerez de la Frontera’s economy relies mainly on their big wine industry and tourism. It is known as the center of flamenco and breeding of Carthusian horses as well. In the past, the Circuito de Jerez was home to Formula 1 races, but since they ended in 1997, the circuit functions as an important test track for automobile companies the world over.
Culture: Moorish Palaces, Mosques, Sherry Trails, and Equestrian Art
To get a feel of what this city is really like, one must experience the three main things that make it unique: Moorish architecture, Sherry, and horses. The Alcázar, an 11th century Moorish palace, has a gorgeous garden, mosque, tower, and authentic Arab baths. It also houses a camera obscura tower that offers a panoramic view of the entire city. Other must-sees are the bodegas, wineries where some of the oldest Sherries are produced. The Bodega Tradición for example exhibits a collection of private Spanish art. Finally, there is the complex Atalaya Museums, one of the most beautiful palaces in Andalusia. It is home to two museums: the Palace of Time, where you can see a collection of clocks in Europe, and the Mystery of Jerez museum, which has an exhibit about the fine wines in the region.
Activities: Things to Do in the City
There are countless things to do in a city like Jerez de la Frontera. If you’re a wine aficionado, go on the Rutas de los Tabancos Trail. On a tabancos or Sherry bar trail in the city’s downtown area, you can taste sherry straight from the cask. You want to spend a day at the beach? Try the pristine Costa de la Luz beaches on the coast. If you want some rest and relaxation, the Hammam Andalusia Arab Baths offers luxurious pampering. And finally, if you want to see the Carthusian horses the city is so popular for, visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. The majestic dances by these regal horses will make you feel royal!