Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera offers grand buildings, churches and monasteries. This city has a rich history and many of the areas and buildings tell stories of the city’s turbulent past. Jerez, like many cities in Andalucia, has hosted most of history’s greatest civilisations including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Moors, Spanish and British. There is so much more to Jerez than Sherry, flamenco and horses.
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The Andalucian Centre of Flamenco is home to the largest public archive dedicated to flamenco, containing 800 music scores and over 3,000 books. Nowhere other than Jerez takes Flamenco so seriously the barrios of Santiago and San Miguel are solely dedicated to this art. You will find numerous places to enjoy Flamenco but be prepared to squeeze in they get tight packed with tourists and residents. A crescendo of clapping with twirling and stamping all accompany the musicians every foot tapping the floor. The old quarter of Santiago also sports 2 lovely flamenco statues, one of Lola Flores who was born in Jerez.
There are a plethera of bodegas to choose from well known names and smaller producers, Tio Pepe, Gonzalez Byass, Lustau, Domecq and Harveys. Take a tour of the bodegas and find out just what goes into producing and stores these varieties of fino, olorose, amontillado and cream. Take in the atmosphere and smell of the cellars and then enjoy the flavours with a tasting. There is a reason why this is one of the best loved drinks across the world.
Then of course the Carthusian Andalucian thoroughbreds. Originally war horses you can visit the fantastic displays at the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art near to the center. These intelligent horses will amaze you with their equine ballet or dressage movements all of which take years to master and usually with the same rider. The gardens of the school are also spectacular as are the stables where you can view by appointment.
So what else does Jerez have churches along with palaces and of course the Alcazar with its Mezquita and baths. Its Cathedral of San Salvador has amazing architecture. The more unusual El Senor e la Puerta Real is a shrine to families of the sick with boards unusually decorated with artificial limbs and hair of those who lost their lives to illness.
Also worth a visit while in the area in the Natural Park Bahia de Cadiz
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Jerez de la Frontera