Do now miss visiting Jerez de la Frontera during your stay in Ronda
Jerez is a city in the province of Cadiz that goes from the coast inland and includes the Los Alcornocales Nature Reserve combines flamenco, horses, wine, and racing.
DISCOVER JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
Jerez preserves a historic center that has been declared a historic-artistic site.
Probably no other region represents what is commonly regarded as «typically Spanish» as much as Andalusia, where Jerez de la Frontera, is one of the noblest towns that brings together the splendor of aristocratic palaces with the popular flavor of typically Andalusian houses.
Historically, it is one of flamenco’s spiritual homes and, as its name implies, the origin of sherry «Bar Crawl”. Today, beyond the dressage and wine, Jerez is also famous as the venue for the annual Spanish Moto GP and home of the Royal Equestrian School.
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What to know about Jerez de la Frontera
Ronda Mountain Resort can send you information about: Guided tours around the city, including visits, selected cuisine: taverns, wineries, restaurants… Or reserve tickets for a variety of interesting events should you want to expand your stay with visit the city of Jerez. The meanwhile these are some of the highlights in Jerez de la Frontera:
Jerez de la Frontera origins
Jerez was a Moorish city for over 500 years before its conquest by Catholics in 1264 and it’s called «de la Frontera» because it once stood on the frontier between the Moorish and the Christian realms.
- Alcazar: Is the old town, an 11th-century fortress that was once a self-sustaining city, a fortified palace. Its dust-colored exterior belies the elegance and symmetry inside, where you can wander through gardens, a mosque, and baths whose vaulted ceilings are pierced with star-shaped holes that create a permanent twinkling twilight.
- Cathedral of the Holy Saviour: Opposite to the Alcazar, built in the 17th century, it was elevated to the rank of cathedral in 1980.
TRADITION AND SPORT
Jerez de la Frontera is also famous for its love of the equestrian sport. Holding important sites with world-class fame include the Royal School of Equestrian Art (Andalusian Riding School ), where horse lovers will enjoy a unique show called «How the Andalusian Horses Dance» with perfectly trained Purebred Spanish and Hispano-Arab horses that offer a magnificent demonstration.
For automobile enthusiasts
One cannot leave Jerez without visiting its racetrack; this element differentiates the city from all others. Every year, automobile enthusiasts meet in May for one of the official, World Motorcycle Championship.
TRADITION AND STYLE
- Its origin in the Roma community (Gitano) and Moorish culture made it unpopular with Catholic leaders and the cultural elite. But the raw, sensual, plebeian art persisted and triumphed.
- The streets of the Santiago and San Miguel neighborhoods: have maintained their Flamenco-based traditions making them an excellent place to witness this extraordinary art.
- The Flamenco Festival: held between February and March attracts guests from all over the world with the specialized press recognizing the event as the best in the world.
Sherry wine country
Jerez together with San Lucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María take part of the called golden triangle in the province of Cadiz. One of the most when staying in Jerez is to visit its charmful bodegas (winery) and vineyards. The distinctive wine in Jerez has been exported for centuries, it was even praised by Shakespeare. It is distinctive because the strong sun gives the grapes a high sugar content.
British merchants have been involved in the wine trade here for centuries: Famous names of these dynasties are Sandeman, John Harvey, Domecq, Gonzalez Byass.
For food lovers
Local cuisine tends to bold, rich, sweet flavors that complement sherry. Drinks are served with bite-sized breadsticks called picos, cubes of pungent goats’ cheese (payoyo), or herb-spiked olives. Seafood is excellent and inexpensive, often simply grilled with garlic and oil or deep-fried stripes of pork belly called chicharrones is also exquisite. In season, snails, served in a glass, are a local delicacy.
- Mercado de los Abastos: The central market located in an airy Neoclassical building, that is, in equal parts, live entertainment and budget-conscious shopping destination. Stalls are replete with regional goods including honey, nuts, figs, olives and olive oil, and fresh-off-the-boat fish.
Important areas around Jerez de la Frontea
Jerez de la Frontera is located close to the well-renewed areas such as the famous Marbella, Ronda, and Seville.