Jerez is the birthplace of sherry and is also famous for horses and flamenco. This ancient and fascinating city is a fantastic place to visit if you’re staying in a holiday rental on the Costa del Sol as it’s just 2 hours drive from the Coast. It can be easily seen on a day-trip – unless you want to stay over to experience more.
Top 3 things to do in Jerez:
Take a Tour – Get your bearings and see the city by following the sign-posted sherry and brandy route around the city. Pick up your map from the tourist office and follow the signs around the most important sites. This is a great way to start your Jerez trip and will probably take two hours, depending how fast you walk.
Visit a Bodega – There are over 20 to choose from and are prominent features throughout the city. The most famous and popular would be the Gonzalez Byass tour, the bodega which manufactures both Tio Pepe and Crofts sherry as well as a host of brandies. You travel on a cute little train around the vast grounds, visit some of the cellars and are given a few informative guidelines to the process and history behind sherry production. You also get a tasting of Tio Pepe and Crofts at the end. This tour comes highly recommended and will probably take about two hours. English tours take place about every hour and you don’t need to book.
Watch the Equestrian Show – The dancing horses are one of the highlights of Jerez and the one to see is at the The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. They have displays on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12noon throughout the year, so make sure you build this into your itinerary.
If you stay overnight then you can watch one of the passionate flamenco shows in the many restaurants and bars around the city. For more information on any of these, and other, great things to do in Jerez visit the tourist board’s website www.turismojerez.com. Visit our website for a fantastic range of self-catering accommodation in Spain.