Are you studying in Huelva, Sevilla, or Cádiz and are looking for a day trip with your friends? Jerez de la Frontera is the perfect city! Read on to see what things you should do while you are there.
Happening in May 2018 from the 5th – 12th is the annual Jerez Horse Fair which consists of horse competitions, exhibitions, and auctions. Similar to the April Fair in Seville, there are also many tents (called Marquees) where there is food, dance, and drinking of fino “sherry” wine. However, unlike in Seville, all of the Marquees in Jerez are open to the public – allowing all fairgoers to dance Sevillanas until early in the morning! This is a really great opportunity to experience an Andalusian fair if you haven’t already attended, or just an easy way to enjoy all Jerez has to offer as the semester comes to an end. For more information about the fair click here.
All year round, some of the most popular attractions to visit in Jerez de la Frontera are all of the many famous bodegas. A bodega is winery where wine is manufactured and tasted, especially in grape producing regions. Jerez is internationally known for their incredible sherry wines and are the largest producers of this variety. Located in the heart of the city, one of the most famous bodegas to visit is Sandeman’s Sherry Bodega. For as little as 8€ you can taste various types of sherry wine and tour their bodega to see exactly how the wine is made. Another incredible bodega to tour while in Jerez is Tio Pepe, where for 15€ and up you can explore their factory and taste their well-known wines paired with local tapas.
Also located in Jerez de la Frontera is la Escuela de los Caballos, which depending on the day you visit, they offer various horse shows and tours. From 10am – 2pm you can watch “How the Andalusian Horses Dance” and admire the horse school building filled with equestrian art.
There is also a company that offers FREE city walking tours that take you to the best sites in Jerez while learning a bit of its interesting history. “PanchoTours.com” will take you around for two hours on the weekends, starting at 12pm, to numerous sites, including a winery. All you have to do is look for their orange umbrellas, or check out their website for more information!
Jerez de la Frontera is a internationally famous city located in Andalusia, making it a perfect day trip for the days where you are ready to explore locally. Offering numerous sites to see and wines to taste, what more could you ask for? If you’re curious about how to get there, be sure to read our article about traveling around Spain.
As always, if you have any further questions about what to do in Jerez or would like to offer some advice to future travelers, please leave a comment below for our We Love Spain Excursions community to see! 🙂
*photos thanks to Anna Dung*