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What are the best things to do in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain? Top 10 sightseeing, attractions and places to visit in Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, the city of sherry, flamenco and horse riding. A perfect day trip from Seville.

Jerez de la Frontera in Spain

Jerez de la Frontera is a Spanish city with approximately 212,000 inhabitants in the province of Cádiz in the region of Andalusia (Southwest of Spain). The Cadiz region is famous for sherry, horse riding and as the cradle of flamenco. During the period of Moorish rule, Jerez lay on the border of the Moorish and Christian areas, from which the name 'la frontera' (the border) originates. The center of Jerez de la Frontera is located around this medieval city centre.

What to do in Jerez SpainStatue of Tio Pepe at Jerez Cathedral
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Sherry & Traditions

In and around this historic center of Jerez de la Frontera you will find dozens of bodegas of the region's major wine producers. A visit to Jerez Spain is not complete without a tasting and tour in one of these traditional bodegas. The location near the Atlantic Ocean, combined with a calcareous soil and the Palomino grapes provide ideal conditions for sherry. The name sherry used to be an English corruption of the word Jerez.

There are two highlights for Andalusian equestrianism. The 'Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre' is the place where traditional equestrian sports are taught and where you can attend horse riding shows. The absolute highlight of the year is the festival week in May 'Feria de Jerez'. During the festival you will be swamped by beautifully dressed horses, the people will wear the most beautiful costumes and you can try the best local tapas; of course accompanied by a lot of sherry. Another important festival at the beginning of September is the 'Vendimia'; a 3-day grape harvest festival including a fair and market.

How to visit Jerez de la Frontera from Seville?

Jerez de la Frontera is located 90 kilometers south from Seville. You have the following 3 options to visit Jerez de la Frontera from Seville:

  • Public transport: You have two options by public transport. From Seville you can take the ALSA bus (website), which will take you to the center of Jerez in 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can also take the train from Santa Justa train station which will take you in about 50 minutes (more info via the website)
  • By rental car: This is a nice way to visit Jerez de la Frontera, driving directly to Ronda is just 1 hour. I always rent a rental car via, where all rental companies are compared with each other. The advantage of a rental car is that you can also make a detour via beautiful villages such as Arcos de la Frontera or Cádiz (compare rental cars on
  • Day trip from Seville: The most comfortable way to visit Jerez Spain is with an organized day trip from Seville. With this day trip to Jerez de la Frontera and Cádiz you spend a day on a bus with a guide who takes you to the most beautiful places. You can choose between two combinations:
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Top 10 Things to do in Jerez de la Frontera

Jerez has a compact city center so you can visit many tourist attractions and sights of Jerez de la Frontera in one day. An overview of the Top 10 Things to do in Jerez de la Frontera Spain:

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1. Bodegas

You haven't really visited Jerez if you haven't visited a bodega. Only wine from this region may bear the official name 'sherry'. The typical 'fortified' white wine owes its taste to the unique combination of the calcareous soil, the grape varieties and the abundance of sun in this region. In Jerez there is an abundance of large wineries, the so-called 'Bodegas', each of which wants to show you the pride of their tradition through tours and tastings.

The better-known bodegas are Tio Pepe (Gonzalez Byass), Sandeman, Fundador, Lustau, Tradicion and Luis Perez. Recommended is bodega Tio Pepe (González Byass) (Tip: book your tour online for Tio Pepe - González Byass), located next to the Alcazar castle in the center. For example, Tio Pepe bodega is the best-known and most visited bodega, partly because of its beautiful historic grounds. If you don't know which bodega to choose, Tio Pepe (González Byass) is definitely the best choice.

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2. Alcazar

The Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera is a former Moorish fortress. The first fortress was built in the 11th century when the city was part of the small kingdom of the Taifa of Arcos de la Frontera. After the conquest by the Almohads, the castle was further expanded in the 12th century. Some doors from the original Islamic fortress have been preserved, as well as the mosque, the Arab baths, the octagonal tower and the patio of Doña Blanca.

Another attraction in a tower of the Alcazar is the 'camera osbcura'. Under the guidance of a guide, you will have the opportunity to look around the city 360 in a very special way for fifteen minutes; highly recommended to participate during your visit to the castle.

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3. Fundación Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre

This is the Spanish dressage school, founded in 1973, with the aim of showing and teaching traditional dressage and the famous Andalusian horse. Since 1987, the driving school has been nicknamed 'Royal'. Most tourists come here for the horse show that is performed here twice a week. Riders dressed in 18th century clothing demonstrate their riding skills to Spanish music.

📌 Recommended: The show "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" consists of six to eight different choreographies (including classical, horse and carriage, and Doma Vauqera) with a high entertainment value. Tickets for the hour and a half show cost 25 euros and must be purchased at this website. Always try to reserve these tickets in advance! The shows are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 PM, and once a month on Saturdays). If you are in Jerez on another day, there is also the option of a tour of the buildings and stables of the Spanish riding school (more information and book a tour).

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4. Cathedral of Jerez de la Frontera

The cathedral of Jerez 'Catedral de Nuestro Señor San Salvador' was built in the 12th century, but underwent major adjustments in the 17th century, making the architectural style a mix of Baroque, Gothic and Neoclassical style. The light from the majestic dome is striking. During the visit to the Catholic cathedral you will also have access to the treasuries of the church. The great pride of the cathedral, in addition to all kinds of religious relics, is the painting of 'La Virgen Niña' by painter Zurbarán (book tickets with audio guide).

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5. Flamenco Shows

Jerez is considered the "Cradle of the Art of Flamenco" and has produced many singers, dancers and musicians. For example, the academy for Flamenco is located in Jerez (Centre de Baile Jerez). In the center you have many options to attend a flamenco performance in the evening in so-called 'Tablaos'. Some examples of this are:

Tablao Puro Arte (C / Conocedores 28). This is the option if you want a fully catered evening out. From 30 euros you can enjoy an extensive (perhaps a bit touristy) flamenco show and for a small additional charge you can combine your visit with a meal or tapas. Book Puro Arte Flamenco Show

Tabanco El Pasage (C / Santa Maria 8). This bar offers free flamenco shows when you come to eat. Daily at 2:00 pm and 9:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 2:00 pm and 10:00 pm. More info:

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6. Feria del Caballo

Are you visiting Jerez de la Frontera in early May? Then you are lucky to experience the city's most important festival. During the festive week of 'Feria del Caballo', sherry, horses and flamenco are the main protagonists. Enjoy the most beautiful caparisoned Andalusian horses, traditional clothing and the many stalls (casetas) with the tastiest tapas for a week. The Feria del Caballo is held on the grounds of the Parque González Hontoria.

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7. Palacio del Virrey Laserna

The luxurious palace 'Palacio del Virrey Laserna' is located in the historic center of Jerez. The Viceroy Laserna Palace offers the opportunity to walk around a lived-in noble house and discover the lifestyle and history of a family dating back to the 13th century. The neoclassical palace offers spacious rooms, with beautiful decoration and an unparalleled collection of classical furniture and valuable paintings. It represents the grand way of life of the Andalusian aristocracy. You can visit the palace with a guided tour with an English guide (Address Calle Pozuelo 8) (more information and book a tour).

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8. San Miguel Church

This 15th century Baroque church of San Miguel in the center of the city is characterized by a beautiful facade and an interior with many beautiful details. Many visitors find this church more beautiful than the large cathedral of Jerez. Can be visited from Monday to Friday morning for only 2 euros.

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9. Zoobotanico

Not from the center you will find the 'Zoobotanico', a park with more than 60,000 m2 of zoo and botanical gardens. By foreign standards, the Zoobotanico park may look a bit dated (website).

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10. Archaeological Museum

On the Plaza de la Mercado, the Museo Arqueológico Municipal de la Frontera, or the city's archaeological museum, is located in an 18th century building. The collection contains finds from the region, spread over nine rooms including Roman ceramics and an extremely rare Corinthian helmet from the Copper Age.

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11. La Cartuja - Carthusian Monastery

Just outside Jerez (5 km) is a beautiful Carthusian monastery from the 15th century in late Gothic style. It is a monastery with a striking entrance gate, beautiful facades and a beautiful chapel. Admission is free and open Monday to Saturday (9:30 am - 11:15 am and 12:45 pm - 6:30 pm).

In addition to these highlights, Jerez has many other sights. For racing enthusiasts, the city offers the old Formula 1 circuit 'Circuito Permanente de Jerez'. A clock museum is located in the beautiful building of 'Palacio del Tiempo' and your senses will be fully stimulated in the morning at the covered fresh market 'Mercado Central de Abastos', the place where the locals get their fresh products.

What to do around Jerez Spain?

Would you like to explore more in the area? The 'Montes de Propio de Jerez' in the nature reserve 'Los Alcornocales' is an ideal area for beautiful walks. Or how about the city of Cádiz, 35 kilometers away? A city with an enormous history, fortifications and called 'little Havana' because of its promenade. Furthermore, Andalusia is known for its many beautiful white villages. Near Jerez you can visit the popular white village of Arcos de la Frontera.

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Best hotels in Jerez de la Frontera

Are you still looking for a hotel in Jerez? To experience the atmosphere of the city, I really recommend that you book a hotel in or around the center. A number of hotels that really stand out in terms of experience are:

  • Hotel Casa Palacio María Luisa: By far the most beautiful and luxurious hotel in the city! A five-star hotel with overwhelming luxury and class, with attention to detail in every room. In a beautiful location in the center and renowned for its excellent service.
  • Casa Palacio Jerezana: A very authentic bed & breakfast, with beautiful rooms full of Spanish and classic character. If you are looking for small scale and hospitality then this is the place where you want to sleep.
  • Hotel Palacio Garvey: If you are looking for a good affordable hotel, this is my recommendation. Centrally located in the center, spacious rooms and tastefully decorated.
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Best time to visit Andalusia

The region of Jerez de la Frontera has a temperate Mediterranean climate with influences from both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The result is very mild and sometimes rainy winters. The summers, on the other hand, are not that extremely hot compared to other parts of Spain and Andalusia.

Weather Ronda Spain Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Maximum (°C) 7 8 10 12 15 18 20 21 19 15 11 8
Minimum (°C) 14 15 17 19 22 25 29 29 26 23 18 15
Days with rain 15 13 12 10 7 5 1 2 4 10 13 14
Hours of sunshine / day 6 6 7 8 10 11 12 11 9 7 6 5

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Where is Jerez located in Spain?

Jerez de la Frontera is located in Andalusia. The most famous cities near Jerez are Cadiz at 35 km, Seville at 90 km and Málaga at 228 km.

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What are the best things to do in Jerez de la Frontera?

Popular sights include the many bodegas where you can learn more about the history of sherry, the Alcazar castle and the Spanish riding school. Read more about all Top 10 Jerez de la Frontera sightseeing.

How can I visit a bodega to taste sherry?

Very simple, the city center has numerous bodegas that often give tours and tastings several times a day. You can easily arrange this on the day itself.

How can I visit the Spanish riding school?

The Royal Dressage School has a show several times a week, including a tour of the stables of the Spanish riding school. Due to the popularity of the show, it is recommended to reserve your tickets in advance. In this article you can read more about booking this equestrian show.

Where is the city located in Spain?

Jerez de la Frontera is located in Andalusia, 90 km south of Seville and 35 km north of Cadiz.

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