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A trip to Spain's sherry-producing region offers plenty of opportunities to sample the local produce and explore Spain's best bodegas and wineries. Renting a car in Jerez de la Frontera lets you get around conveniently and experience all that Andalusia has to offer at your own pace. The city of Seville is a little over an hour away by car and is a great destination for a day trip and to soak up more of southern Spain's sun and atmosphere.

It's your choice: Where to go in Jerez de la Frontera

This small Andalusian city is best known for flamenco, horses, tapas, and sherry. Most visitors to the city will fly to Jerez Airport, or Aeropuerto de Jerez, which is a very short, 10 minute drive away. Flights to Jerez from the UK are plentiful and most flights to Jerez from London airport land in Aeropuerto de Jerez. Seville airport is also situated close by and is little over an hour by car. The nearby seaside city of Cadiz on the Costa de Luz is a low-key city to spend a day and is amongst the best places to visit when staying in Jerez de la Frontera. Further down the coast, the quiet, scenic village of Tarifa is a popular spot for surfing and kite surfing, while Sanlúcar de Barrameda is much-loved for its famous prawns and shrimp fritters, both best enjoyed with the town's famous Manzanilla wines.

Things to do in Jerez de la Frontera

The cobbled streets, baroque churches, and typical Spanish plazas make it a joy to stroll around Jerez. The flamenco festival in February attracts many visitors and is a superb opportunity to experience some quintessential Andalusian culture. During the rest of the year, this distinct Spanish music is performed live and can be heard in many of the local bars and penas. Stop by a sherry bar, known in Spanish as a tabanco, to sample some of Spain's best and rarest wines, and in particular, sherry. Tabancos typically have a nostalgic atmosphere with old wooden bars, tiles, and green and mustard paint. Some also serve tapas. Most tabancos in Jerez are located between the Barrio San Miguel and Calle Larga. Hiring a car in Jerez lets you visit the nearby city of Seville and the port of Cadiz, both of which are a short trip away, as well as the quiet towns along the Costa de la Luz. Many visitors to this area are also interested in seeing the Jerez circuit. This racing circuit was first opened in 1985 and has hosted the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix.

Important info about Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez de la Frontera is part of Andalusia's so-called sherry triangle, along with Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María. Jerez is the fifth-largest city in Andalusia and is an excellent destination for anyone wishing to go on a city break with close access to the sea. Rent a car in Jerez de la Frontera for the best way to get around and visit nearby towns along the coast.

Weather in Jerez de la Frontera
Country Spain
Language Andaluz, Spanish
Currency euro, Gibraltar pound
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +34

Good to know

In Spain, cars drive on the right-hand side of the road. Most towns in Andalusia are a short drive away from Jerez de la Frontera and by renting a car, you can explore these while also taking in the landscape surrounding the city. It is worth noting that the main street in the centre of Jerez can only be used by buses and taxis so be sure to plan your route with this in mind. When driving in the Jerez de la Frontera region, a traffic fine incurred must be paid before the driver can continuing driving. This results in on the spot fines should road regulations be broken.

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What to taste in Jerez de la Frontera

Your taste buds will be very happy on a holiday in Jerez de la Frontera, as there are many delicious delicacies to try. Super fresh seafood from the port of Cadiz appears on many restaurant menus along with traditional pork dishes and tortillas. Tapas restaurants in Jerez offer a great way to sample all the local specialities. Juicy big prawns (gambas) drizzled with lemon juice, langoustines grilled in rock salt and lemon and served with chunks of bread, shrimp fritters, and anchovies with a sherry and garlic dressing are some of the most popular seafood dishes in this part of Spain. Squid also comes highly recommended in Jerez thanks to its superb freshness. Meat dishes in Jerez include tenderloin pork served with a sherry, butter, garlic sauce (this is best enjoyed with a hearty glass of red wine), and pollo a la canilla, chicken marinated in dark sherry before being fried. Jerez is the home of some of the world's best sherries thanks to the grapes that grow in the white chalky soil in the region. There are many bodegas and wineries that you can visit, all of which are easily accessible if you rent a car in Jerez de la Frontera (just be mindful of drink driving regulations, with a blood alcohol limit of .05%). Take a tour of a bodega and learn about how sherry is produced, before sampling the end product. Some bodega tours also include trips to their vineyards.

What to bring to your friends from Jerez de la Frontera

The top of the list when it comes to souvenirs from Jerez de la Frontera are sherry and wine, both are which are inexpensive in this region. Iberian ham and goat cheese are also favourites among foodies. Flamenco-inspired fans and shawls are popular in Jerez's souvenir shops, while housewares such as terracotta pots and hand-painted bowls and jugs are also available.