Jerez is a picturesque town with a history that goes back to the time when the Moors occupied much of Spain. It has a lovely old town, Casco Antiguo, which has beautiful squares lined with palm trees. It is the perfect place for a holiday.
Located in the south-west of Spain, with strong British links evident because of the horses and the sherry industry, Jerez attracts many travellers each year. The word Jerez comes from Arabic and the English word 'sherry' is derived from it.
For tourists keen to visit the quiet beach resorts or nearby Seville it couldn't be easier as you simply fly into Jerez de la Frontera Airport (XRY). You can then enjoy a visit to the sherry houses of Gonzalez-Byass, Domecq, Sandeman and Tio Pepe. You can also see the stone fortification known as the Alcczar, the Del Salvador Cathedral, the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art, the Palacio del Tiempo and the Hammam Arab baths.
It's also worth visiting the old church, which was originally built by the Arabs as a mosque. Art lovers will enjoy the Sacristy of the Cathedral del Salvador, which is home to The Sleeping Girl, a lovely painting by Zurbarrn,
Those enjoying Jerez holidays can also visit nearby resort towns, such as Chiclana de la Frontera and Isla Canella and can explore the many towns of Andalucia which are just a short drive away. History enthusiasts will love Cadiz, the port that supported Spanish exploration of the Americas, where you will find and 11th-century Moorish fortress and Alcazaba, which has now been partially restored.
Jerez benefits from a Mediterranean climate and gets around 3,200 hours of sunshine every year. Although the summer is understandably a popular time of year to visit the area, travellers may well prefer to travel in the spring or autumn when the weather is milder.
When you are considering holidays to Jerez, it is worth noting that many of the festivals in the area occur early or late in the year.
Festivals are popular with both tourists and residents in Jerez. The International Flamenco Festival de Jerez is held in February and March and is considered one of the most important Flamenco events in the world. Professional and amateur dancers come together to celebrate the famous Spanish dance.
Alternatively, the annual Horse Fair, which takes place in the Gonzalez Hontoria Park, makes for a great day out, with hundreds of visitors enjoying a varied schedule that includes a horse parade, carriage driving, show jumping and dressage. This is the perfect opportunity to see some of the world's most famous and successful horses and riders and it always pulls in a large crowd.
The town and wider region have much to offer because there are so many different things to do and see. Jerez can provide an exciting and fascinating holiday for all ages.
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