Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera is a town located in Cádiz, Andalucía. It is in a fertile area to the agriculture and cattle farming, centrally situated, junction of communication among the Bahía, Campo de Gibraltar, la Sierra and Sevilla.
Jerez is a big town where the tradition coexists in harmony with the modernity: big shopping centres and avenues converge in a pleasant and noisy historic city centre, where the buying and going round the bars are very linked. All these distinctive characteristics, together with the exceptional geographic location and the climate, the tourist attractions, and the modern infrastructures, made Jerez the perfect choice to live and visit it.
The first settlers who arrived Jerez de la Frontera go back to the Palaeolithic. The Phoenicians founded a big city called Xera, later the Romans called it Ceret. The Muslims became it like a wonderful town in the economic, architectural and cultural aspect.
In the XIII century the Christians conquered Jerez de la Frontera in command of Alfonso X, starting a development stage. The beginning of the wine cellars and the later discovery of America, help the exportations and as a result to the economy.
The nobility made Jerez de la Frontera like the a place of residence in the XVI and XVII centuries, then big palaces start to be built, several trades are made up like the one of harvesters and exporters that are going to expand the trade and consolidate the economy.
The mains source of income in Jerez during the XIX century is the vine and it starts the horse breeding. The improvement in the communications cause trade and tourist improvements. Nowadays Jerez de la Frontera, considered birthplace of the flamenco, continue keeping its source of income in the wines, the tourism and the horses.
Jerez de la Frontera Monuments
San Lucas Church
San Mateo Church
San Marcos Church
San Miguel Church
San Dionisio Church
Santo Domingo Convent
Duque de Abrantes Palace
San Juan de Letrán Church
Cathedral Church of San Salvador
San Juán de Los Caballeros Church
Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Merced
Carthusian Monastery of Santa María de la Defención
Monumental Landmark of El Alcazar de Jerez and Cámara Oscura
Yedra Square & Hermitage | Peña Flamenca “La Bulería” | Cruz Vieja Square
Town Hall | Rafael Rivero Square | Sala de la Compañía | Arenal Square
Cultural Flamenco Center Don Antonio Chacón | Belén Square | Old Town Hall
Los Alcornocales Natural Park
Gastronomy in Jerez de la Frontera
The gastronomy and the cuisine in Jerez de la Frontera, consist of the horticultural and country products, without forgetting the game, besides taking the products from other villages and the towns nearby the coast, such as the fish and shellfish that marinated with the wines from Jerez produce a nice and tasty gastronomy.
Gazpacho. Consomé. Ajo caliente (roast peppers, hard-boiled eggs, ham, etc). Cabbage. Scrambled eggs with asparagus. Kidneys with sherry. Oxtail. Rabbit in sauce. Snails. Cabrillas. Sangre con tomate. Small game meat.
Sweets: Melojas (Metheglin, honey boiled with water and fermented: mead). Torrijas (French toast topped with cinnamon and sugar or golden syrup). Tocino de cielo (dessert made of syrup and eggs). Cakes. Pestiños (honey-dipped fritters).
Huesos de santo (small marzipans roll filled with egg yolk). Amarguillos de Las Clarisas de San José (a sweet made with almonds, eggs, sugar, etc). Bienmesabe de las Madres de Gracia.
Wines: Dry Sherries. Medium-dry Sherries. Fragrant. Cream. Brandy de Jerez.
Vinegar de Jerez.
How to get there
If you exit Cádiz, continue in: N-443. Follow towards: Salida 105 – CA-32 – Puerto Real
A-48 Algeciras – Puerto de Santa María. Follow towards: Salida 105A – PTO.STA.MARÍA CA-32 – Jerez de la Fra. – Sevilla, then take the: Salida 105A – Puerto de Santa María Jerez de la Frontera – Sevilla. Continue in: CA-32. Follow towards: Jerez – Sevilla, then continue in: A-4. Take the exit towards: Salida 645 – Jerez (sur). Follow the signs until Jerez de la Frontera.
Distances from Jerez de la Frontera
Cádiz 34 km
Sevilla 97 km
Gibraltar 117 km
Medina Sidonia 35 km