Land of good wines, excellent gastronomy and rich culture.
The city of Jerez invites you to wander its streets and discover its exquisiteness. We have 7 ideas for activities that are perfect for experiencing the Andalusian essence of Jerez.
Jerez, land of wine and good food
You simply cannot visit Jerez without trying its wine which hold a well-deserved certificate of origin for its excellent quality. Amongst the most famous wine cellars are González Byass, Sandeman or Fundador. At the Gonzalez Byass winery, located at the historical heart of Jerez, they produce the Tío Pepe fine sherry, one of the most famous throughout the world. Centenarian wine cellars where the best wines and brandys in Jerez are aged. With aromas of wooden barrels and one of the most prestigious wine-producing cultures in the world, you must visit and experience the wine-tasting and food-pairing available. Cheers to an unforgettable visit!
Jerez Cathedral, at the historical heart of the city
The monumental Jerez Cathedral, a few minutes from Hipotels Sherry Park, rises at the heart of the city and is a must-see for lovers of architectural art. Its design is a discovery of several different styles, from traditional gothic to baroque and neoclassical. During your visit to the museum you can see works by Zurbarán, go up the bell tower and visit the church of San Miguel.
The horse, noble animal and symbol of the city
The equestrian tradition in Jerez is another good reason to visit the city. At the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Andalusia and at the Yeguada de la Cartuja reserve, you can discover all the delights of equestrian art and enjoy the spectacular shows. Don't miss the Jerez Fair or the Horse Fair that is celebrated in May each year which, along with Easter Week, is one of the most popular attractions of the city. Displays by horses and their riders, flamenco outfits and good food, all contribute to an unmissable experience with the true essence of Jerez.
The Alcázar, the oldest historical monument in Jerez
The monumental structure that is the Alcázar of Jerez is one of the historical jewels of the city. The Octogonal Tower, the Almohade Tower and the Ponce de León Tower are particular highlights. You can also visit the mosque, the parade ground and the Arab baths. The Villavivencio Palace provides a unique panorama of the city. To complete your visit, a pleasant walk around the gardens will transport you through the centuries to times gone by.
Jerez, home of flamenco
You only need to take a walk around these streets to feel the sense of art, music and tradition. The wine-producing capital is also home to numerous flamenco singers, dancers and guitarists who have made history. Visit the famous tablaos flamencos, the bulerías, the zambombas, the traditional Bulería Fair or the International Jerez Flamenco Festival, all of which are experiences that you shouldn't miss when visiting the city. There are also many places where you can enjoy this art with an excellent glass of wine in your hand.
El Ábaco restaurant, traditional cuisine using the best seasonal produce
El Ábaco restaurant is the restaurant to visit if you want to try traditional cuisine from the region. Traditional cuisine with top quality seasonal produce created by the prestigious chef, Juan Carlos Carrasco from Jerez. The Steak tartar is one of the stand-out dishes, but you will also find traditional dishes with an innovative touch, using fish and meat from the local area. All this in a unique setting at Hipotels Sherry Park, a hotel with a pool located at the heart of Jerez with gardens and a terrace that provide an oasis of peace and relaxation right in the city centre.
Port of Santa María, a window to the sea on the Bay of Cádiz
Just 10 minutes from Jerez, at the mouth of the Guadalete River, is the Port of Santa María. Spending some time on the beaches with fine sand and crystalline waters is the way to really appreciate the pure natural beauty of the Cadiz coastline scenery. A stroll around the historical centre of the city is also highly recommended to sample the local culture and variety of gastronomy.