The Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera is in the Costa de la Luz region, enjoys a subtropical-Mediterranean climate, meaning summer tends to be long warm and hot, and mild, wet winters. Known for its transportation and communications hub, Jerez is most famous for its thriving wine and sherry industry which pumps a significant amount of money into its economy. Jerez is a town that’s proud of its Spanish heritage and there are many traditional experiences you can enjoy, from culinary delights to festivals. It is also home to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, which is also one of the town’s main tourist attractions.
A hatchback would be perfect for getting round the city, and also nippy and compact enough to take on the motorways adequately should you wish to visit nearby towns.
Driving in Jerez
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Important things to note
Traffic congestion in the city is common, so it is recommended you drop your car off at one of the many car parks near the center.
Highway Jerez-Arcos de la Frontera A-382 was completed 7 years ago and is the main means of communication in Jerez and Cadiz province by the Sierra de Grazelema.
Jerez now has two ring roads, Round East and Round West, which has helped improve the circulation around the city a touch.
Highlights & Hotspots
If you happen to be in town the week running up to Easter, you must visit the Feria del Caballo, which is Spain’s fair. The event is widely regarded as the highlight of the cities social calendar and features parades of well-groomed horses, music and flamenco. It’s a great place entertain families of all ages, but do try book accommodation in advance as it’s so popular.
The Alcazar de Jerez, or Dark Chamber, is a Moorish fortress come palace. Featuring beautiful gardens, Arab baths, a modern art exhibition and a mosque. It’s also worth paying a little extra to see the Camara Obscura. This consists of a darkened chamber room where a 360 degree view of the city is projected through lens and mirrors.
Golf lovers will be pleased to learn Jerez has several decent courses. The best is Sherry Golf Jerez, which has courses aimed at beginners and professionals. It also has its own golf school, endorsed by a handful of former pros.
If you want to enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine al fresco, then head to Restaurante Sabores. This eatery offers mouth -watering dishes such as suckling pig, catch of the day and an impressive assortment of Riojas and other wines at very reasonable prices.
Jerez Airport is just 14km east of the city centre and takes in flights from London and other major European destinations.
The airport is accessible via the A-4 motorway, which goes in a south-westerly direction towards both Jerez and the port of Cadiz further along the way.