Holiday in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia25.04.2016
Jerez de la Frontera is famous for its sherries, horses and flamenco. The city of 200,000 inhabitants is situated in Andalusia, close to the Costa de la Luz. The historical part of town, one of the most exquisite places in the province of Cádiz, is a mix of aristocratic palatial buildings and traditional Andalusian houses. Founded by the Phoenicians and called Xera, the town was the scene of border disputes in the Middle Ages (frontera is Spanish for border) due to its location on the fringe of the Moorish kingdom Granada. When the Catholic kings conquered the town, it was already known for its excellent wines. The breeding of its own horse breed – the Cathusian strain – also originates from medieval times. Jerez de la Frontera’s Moorish history is still visible in the form of the town walls, Alcázar fortress, and the mosque. Nowadays the latter is the Chapel of Santa María la Real.
You can learn more about Jerez by visiting one of the many bodegas, where wines assigned the designation of origin D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and D.O. Manzanilla Sanlúcar de Barrameda are produced. You will find out about traditional and present-day production methods there and can sample various types of sherry. The cuisine of Jerez is characterized by the use of many different kinds of wine in its recipes. Meat, fish and seafood dishes are prepared à la Jerez, meaning that sherry is an ingredient.
Carthusian horse breeding is also intertwined with the development of this Andalusian city. The Feria del Caballo is held here every year. Horses, riders, parades and equestrian competitions are at the focus of the festivities. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where you can admire the horses and riders performing in dressage, is also a must-see.
Jerez de la Frontera, furthermore, is an excellent starting point for excursions to the expansive beaches of the Costa de la Luz. Visitors will find beaches here catering to all tastes, from seaside resorts with a little more hustle and bustle to the Doñana National Park to Tarifa, a surfer’s paradise. The lively city of Cádiz, which looks back on 3,000 years of history, is particularly worth visiting.
From 29 April, you will be able to fly to Jerez de la Frontera with airberlin directly. The aircraft will take off at Tegel on Fridays at 07:15 and will land at 10:40 in Jerez de la Frontera. Flights in the return direction will likewise take place every Friday and will depart at 11:30 and arrive in Berlin at 14:45. Jerez de la Frontera’s airport is around 10 kilometres to the northeast of the city and is connected to Jerez by a motorway, bus service, and train line. It is possible to continue on to Cádiz by bus or train. Flights can be booked at www.airberlin.com or by telephone on 0049 30 3434 3333 (dom. Call, charges for calls from mobile phones may vary)