The town Jerez de la Frontera is located inwards of Sevilla; it is renowned for the sherry it produces and the Spanish brandy. Jerez is quite a prosperous town with some elegance; it is surrounded by wine bodegas and interesting sights in between to fill your holiday time here.
Life is slow and easy until the town celebrates its big festivals; namely the May Horse Fair and the vintage harvest.
There is also the traditionally rich culture with many interesting and famous flamenco dances which are part of the intriguing Andalucian folk art. You are able to experience the traditional flamenco dance anywhere in Jerez.
One of the more renowned activities while at Jerez is the wine tasting or production experience. There are plenty of sherry and brandy tours which you can participate in to visit the wine bodegas that can showcase the interesting wine processing.
Jerez is very famous for producing its local sherry and brandy. These were mainly founded by the British Catholic refugees who were not allowed work during the 16th century Supremacy Act. Now, with their affluent business, they have evolved to an aristocracy class wearing Anglo-Andalucian tweed and playing polo at Horse Fairs.
The oldest soleras or wine cellars are the Gonzalez; although they are not used today, they preserved an old chamber circular in shape which was designed by Eiffel (the same one that designed the famed Eiffel tower).
There are many interesting old buildings that are also very attractive in Jerez. One of the most attractive is the San Salvador Cathedral that stands imposingly in Gothic-Renaissance architecture. There is also the grand 11th century Alcazar of Moorish architecture which is open to the public on a daily basis with a small charge.
The Archeological Museum is a worthwhile visit to view its excellent collection of historical artifacts. There you will find star exhibits like a 7th century BC military helmet belonging to the Greeks, a sarcophagus belonging to the Visigothic and a fine bottle vase from Caliphal.
Horses are part of Jerez’s high passion with the presence of the Royal Andalucian School on Equestrian Art. You can join in the artistic musical performances with the locals who have a passion for music and theatres. Musical performances are available at noon hours with trainings and rehearsals in between.
Another passion at Jerez for both the locals and tourists has to be the tasty local fare. There are plenty of eating places and tapas bars everywhere with reasonable prices.