As promised, to continue the story of the magical days I have spent in Andalusia, today I have some suggestions about interesting things to do in Jerez de la Frontera!
First of all, you must know that Jerez is one of the major Andalusian centres of Flamenco! Apart from the tourist destinations, where you will find pretty expensive exhibitions, to see a real flamenco show you can go to one of the many “Tabanco”, the local taverns, where a glass of wine and a tapa will cost you no more than 4 € and you will enjoy a little show of music and flamenco practically every night (I recommend “Tabanco El Pasaje” and “Taberna Flamenca“)!
In Jerez there is also the Flamenco Andalusian Centre, which can be visited free of charge, where you will find a historical building with numerous paintings concerning the discipline and a library containing the most ancient records on Andalusian flamenco!
Another major attraction in the city is the Real Esquela Andaluza of Equestrian Art, a riding school for young aspiring riders where more than one hundred pure Andalusian horses are bred! The Equestrian Esquela is the most famous in Andalusia and thirty years ago has received the appellation of “Royal School”. Here you can visit the stables, walk amongst the magnificent central building with rooms in neoclassical style and enjoy the most spectacular horse show in Spain!
If you are in Jerez de la Frontera even for a single day, you cannot miss one of the prestigious bodegas! What you probably don’t know is that the area between Jerez, El Puerto de Santa Maria and San Lucar is the famous “Sherry triangle”, the only place in the world where the very good liqueur wine called “sherry” is produced.
Jerez’s bodegas are numerous, the most commercial and famous, with an extension of about 90000 hectares is the company of “Gonzalez Byass“, the most visited in the world! With its red train, Tio Pepe’s tour will take you around to discover the wonders of this company, now a world giant, which exports its wines to more than 150 countries around the globe.
Among the smaller bodegas I recommend visiting the wonderful “Sandeman” where you can see the various stages of wine processing, always coming from white grapes in three different types and elaborated in a different way to produce the famous palomino fino, amontillado, cream and pedro Himenez.
Another bodega that struck me particularly is the lovely “Bodegas Tradicion“, the smallest in Jerez, family run. Within this small company you will find the owner’s personal collection of paintings including 2 wonderful Goya and some majolica paintings by Pablo Picasso. All bodegas tours end with a sherry tasting and I’m sure the Tradition will leave you breathless!
If you have some time left to spend in this wonderful city you can relax in a famous Arab hammam. In Jerez the “Hammam Andalusi” will pamper you with its Moroccan the, tall rooms with soft lights and incense scents, decorated in Arabian plain, where you can dive into the tubs of cold and hot water and why not enjoy a nice relaxing massage to finish the evening with joy (ask about Yasmin she was awesome!)
Well, my “second erasmus” is now over, I greeted the beautiful Jerez and my young explorers and we are all back home! With you I’ll be soon in touch .. the stories of my days in Gibraltar, Seville, Cadiz and Cordoba are currently being processed!
Hasta luego Andalucia!
Te quiero mucho
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