Holidays in Jerez are snapped up by those looking for a dose of Spanish history and culture – and, perhaps, a tot or two of sherry...
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 Alcazar, the Del Salvador Cathedral, the Royal Andalusian 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 Zurbarán.
Those enjoying Jerez holidays can also visit nearby resort towns, such as Chiclana de la Frontera and Isla Canella, and explore the many towns of Andalusia just a short drive away. History enthusiasts will love Cadiz, the port that supported Spanish exploration of the Americas, where you’ll find an 11th-century Moorish fortress and Alcazaba, which has now been partially restored.
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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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.
It’s possible to find cheap holidays in Jerez at any time, with spring and autumn trips often cheaper than at the height of summer.
When you’re considering holidays to Jerez, it’s worth noting that many of the festivals in the area occur early or late in the year...
International Flamenco Festival de Jerez; February-March: 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.
MotoGP; April/May/June: Motorbike enthusiasts will know that Jerez has been hosting Grand Prix races for years. Thousands flock to hear the engines roar every spring/summer so book your stay early if you plan to be in Jerez for the race.
Horse Fair; May: 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.
Jerez has much to offer, though it keeps its tourism light. Visit and you’ll discover that there’s a Jerez holiday for everyone...
Kids and teens: Children love to see the mighty horses of Jerez and their fancy footwork at the School of Equestrian Art. The show, entitled “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”, is basically ballet for horses and it is utterly spellbinding.
Grown-up families: Seville might put up a fight, but Jerez is widely hailed as the home of flamenco. Limber up and take a class – or just go for it in one of the many bars.
Relaxing: Mile upon mile of sandy shoreline makes up the popular Victoria Beach, which is a 30-minute drive from Jerez. Hire a car in Jerez, drive to the coast and simply lap up the rays at the water’s edge – the perfect remedy for too much sherry in the city.