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.
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.
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.
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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.