Jerez de la Frontera with over 200k inhabitants is one of the largest city in the province of Cadiz within the south-western region of Andalusia. Perfectly situated between the sea and the mountains it has become the transportation and communications hub of the province, surpassing even the provincial capital of Cadiz in economic activities. Jerez de la Frontera is famous for its passions for sherry, flamenco as well as for horses with a variety of cattle ranches, making it the perfect destination to taste the unique Andalucian experience. It’s name is derived from Arabic “sherry”, which has become one of the city’s most acclaimed wines.
The town is also filled with history, dating back to the Moorish times. It’s old town or Casco Antiguo is especially worth discovering, packed with narrow streets, small palm lined squares, plenty of old churches and the Alcazaba fortress. As for the rest of the town, it has wider streets with rows of jacaranda trees. For a weekend break or a longer stay, Jerez de la Frontera is the perfect town in Andalucía to be explored.
Top 10 Jerez de la Frontera attractions
Jerez has a variety of great historical and cultural sites from its Cathedral to the city fortress, passing by numerous Gothic churches. The top 10 attractions worth discovering include:
- Alcazar fortress
- Jerez Cathedral
- Plaza del Arenal
- San Francisco Church
- Antigo Cabildo
- San Dionisio Church
- Charterhouse of Jerez
- San Mateo Church
- Santiago Church
- Archaeological Museum
The Alcazar is a remarkable Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century which has been partially restored. The fortress which was built by the Arabs, include a mosque, the only one remaining from the numerous one once present in the city. During the Christian conquest of the city, the mosque was turned into a church and the minaret converted into a bell tower.
The Cathedral del Salvador is perhaps one of the most famous landmarks of Jerez de la Frontera. It was built during the 17th century, in a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Neo-classicist style. Some of its key features include the Cristo de la Viga, a late 15th century Gothic Crucifix as well as the Sleeping Girl, a beautiful painting of the Virgin Mary by acclaimed artist Francisco Zurbarán.
Plaza del Arenal
The Plaza del Arenal, located in the heart of the city, was once known as the place for duels or battles, and has today became one of the most famous squares in Jerez. At its heart lies the statue of Miguel Primo de Rivera on its horse as created by Mariano Benlliure. It is believed that the plaza is “where Jerez dreams”.
Church of San Francisco
The Church of San Francisco located a few meters east of the Plaza del Arenal, is one of the few religious sites built outside the walls of Jerez perimeter. It belongs to the attached Franciscan convent and the current construction dates back to 1787, built on the previous original church. The Church of San Francisco is where lie the remains of Blanche of Bourbon, the once French Queen of Castile and Leon.
The Antigua Casa del Cabildo is a beautiful building dating back to1575, once home to the Jerez de la Frontera Town Hall. It is perfectly located in the heart of the old town, in front of the Plaza de la Asuncion and next to the San Dionisio Church. This landmark building is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture and was declared one of Jerez Cultural Monuments.
San Dionisio Church
The San Dionisio Church was built in the late 15th century in a Gothic-Mudéjar style and later improved in a Baroque style during the 18th century. It is situated in the centre of Jerez old town squeezed between the Plaza de Plateros to the north and Plaza de la Asuncion to the West. One of its key features include a remarkable image of Jesus dating back to the 15th century.
Charterhouse of Jerez de la Frontera
La Cartuja de Jerez de la Frontera or Charterhouse is the city’s most known monastery. It was first built in a late Gothic style during the 15th century and later completed in the 17th century with a Baroque touch. It has been designated as a Historic-Artistic Monument by the Spanish government.
San Mateo Church
The Church of San Mateo, located in the west part of the Jerez old town, is said to be the oldest in the city. It was first built in a Gothic style by Alfonso X during the 13th century on the location of an old Arab mosque, and later rebuilt during the 15th century.
The Church of Santiago was built by Alfonso X of Castile’s and dedicated to the Apostle Santiago, responsible for the conquest of the city. Most of the church is in a Gothic style, with a Baroque tower added in 1663.
The Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Jerez de la Frontera is an archaeological museum situated on the Plaza del Mercado which was first established in 1873. It offers a variety of splendid objects, many donated by wealthy individuals, including various Roman ceramics and a very rare Corinthian helmet.
Flights to Jerez de la Frontera
There is an excellent flight connection from many European cities to Jerez de la Frontera through La Parra International Airport (XRY) which is located less than 10km north of the city centre. The airport is used by a variety of low cost airlines.
Top Jerez de la Frontera hotels
The following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Jerez de la Frontera as voted by the users.
TRYP Jerez Hotel
Alameda Cristina 13, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11403 – 4 Stars
In the heart of the city of Jerez, this hotel offers value for money accommodation. Guests are within walking distance to the cathedrals, palaces and museums from here. A must do when in the city, is a visit to the Arabic Baths. Begin your day with an extensive buffet spread at breakfast before you head out to explore the city. TRYP Jerez Hotel is a comfortable option when visiting the city.
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Sherry Park Hotel
Avenida Alvaro Domecq 11, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11405 – 4 Stars
Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 170 guestrooms, all designed with guests’ comfort in mind. Some of the features you’ll enjoy are non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk. This excellent hotel in Jerez de la Frontera also has 24hr room service, shops, laundry service/dry cleaning. After a day of work or exploring, outdoor pool, sauna, gym are some of the ways to unwind. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.
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Los Jandalos Jerez & Spa Hotel
Nuño De Cañas, 1, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11402 – 4 Stars
Each of the 77 rooms at this fine 4-star hotel feature superior amenities. Featured in each room, among other amenities, are ironing board, air conditioning, daily newspaper, non smoking rooms. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, 24hr room service. Unwind after your day with a choice of massage, golf course (on site), spa – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Los Jandalos Jerez & Spa Hotel.
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Tierras De Jerez Hotel
Corredera, 58, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11402 – 3 Stars
All 50 rooms at this 3-star hotel are tailored to satisfy guests’ needs. Some of the features you’ll enjoy are air conditioning, hair dryer, daily newspaper. Elevator, restaurant, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Jerez de la Frontera hotel. After a day of work or exploring, golf course (on site) are some of the ways to unwind. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Tierras De Jerez Hotel.
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Avenida Duque de Abrantes, 84, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11407 – 4 Stars
The recently renovated Hotel Guadalete is located in the centre of Jerez de la Frontera. With its prime location and the extensive list of facilities, the property is an ideal venue for business gatherings and a wide range of professional events, including seminars, gala dinners and cocktail parties. The stylish hotel also has all the facilities for guests to relax and enjoy a more casual atmosphere, with swimming pools, children’s area and a terrace for sunbathing. Hotel Guadalete’s professional services in business needs combined with a space for relaxation make it the perfect choice for a formal events and a casual trip at the same time.
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Hotel Jerez and Spa
Avenida Alcalde de Alvaro Domecq N35, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11405 – 5 Stars
Each of the 121 rooms at this 5-star hotel have all the comforts and conveniences of home. Included in all rooms are daily newspaper, ironing board, bathrobes, air conditioning. In addition, this property in Jerez de la Frontera has restaurant, room service, shops. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include massage, jacuzzi, outdoor pool. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel.
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Ac Jerez Hotel
Avenida Chiribitos s/n, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11405 – 4 Stars
Whether on business or holiday, each of the 90 rooms at this 4-star property are designed help guests relax in comfort and style. All rooms have bathrobes, non smoking rooms, daily newspaper as well as other amenities. The hotel boasts business centre, shops, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as garden at this hotel. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Ac Jerez Hotel.
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Palacio Garvey Hotel
Plaza Rafael Rivero, Torneria 24, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Featured in each room, among other amenities, are non smoking rooms, in room safe, daily newspaper, hair dryer. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Jerez de la Frontera hotel offers shops, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service, bar/pub. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are golf course (on site) on the grounds. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Palacio Garvey Hotel.
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Barcelo Jerez Montecastillo And Convention Centre Hotel
Ctra Arcos Km 6, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – 4 Stars
Included in all rooms are mini bar, non smoking rooms, bathtub, shower. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find 24hr room service, bar/pub, elevator on-site. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as jacuzzi, massage, golf course (on site) at this hotel. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. To make your reservation at Barcelo Jerez Montecastillo
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Villa Jerez Hotel
Avda. de la Cruz Roja, 7, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11407 – 5 Stars
Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 20 guestrooms, all designed with guests’ comfort in mind. To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature air conditioning, desk, in room safe. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, room service. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include outdoor pool, jacuzzi, massage. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.
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