5. Jerez de La Frontera, Spain
Why Jerez de La Frontera, Spain
Far away from all the glamour of Madrid and Barcelona, sits this beautiful town of Jerez de la Frontera. With its narrow streets and amazing culture, its totally worth visiting in its own right.
Jerez is located in the Andalusia part of Spain just south of Seville. It is an inland town, but you are actually very close to El Puerto de Santa Maria, from where the ferries to northern Africa and the Canary Islands departs.
How To Get Here
Being that its Europe, there are a few ways to get here, lets look at them:
Spain has a fantastic network of buses that takes you all over the country. There are national and local city buses to complete the network. The bus station is in the center of the city next to the train station. Book your bus here. I found it difficult to find a local bus when I was there. I was looking for a bus to neighboring country Gibraltar. Once I went to the bus station and asked though I was good to go. But doing online research was a bit futile.
Renfe is the name of the Spanish train service that serves the city. It will take you right to the beautifully designed train station in Jerez. As an example, you can fly into say Madrid (MAD) and then take the train down to Jerez.
You can get to Jerez de la Frontera (XRY) by plane from various parts of Europe. When I visited, I actually flew in from Hamburg, Germany (HAM) flying on Condor (DE). Once I arrived at the airport, I then took the Renfe train into the city. The train is located across from the airport. Purchase your ticket at the kiosk. Jerez is in one direction and Cadiz the other.
Three airlines serving this city are:
Binter Canarias (NT), Condor (DE), EW Discover GmbH (4Y), Eidelweiss Air (WK), Eurowings (EW), Helvetic (2L), Iberia Airlines (IB), Jetairfly (TB), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Luxair (LG), Marabu Airlines (MBU), Ryanair (FR), TUI fly Deutschland (X3) and Vueling (VY).
You may also take the local bus, M-050 that takes about 30 minutes to get to Jerez. More bus info is located here.
One other option is to take the Jerez Shuttle bus. You will find details in the arrivals hall. You may also check details at www.shuttlespain.net. The shuttles leave every 15 minutes and should cost about 15 EUR or so.
Where To Stay
There are many local places available here. I walked around until I found a place that looked like I wanted to stay there; its called Hotel Serit. I remember just signing up for one night and then the next morning, being so tired I walked downstairs to ask about staying another night. The guy said sure, so I offered to pay at that moment and he said, no need, I’ll see you tomorrow. My total for two nights was 70 EUR.
Here are some suggested places to stay:
Where To Eat
Jerez is a walking city so just walk around, explore and find neat places to eat. There are lots of restaurants and bars to choose from. There is also a market make sure you check it out. Just find a place on of the many plazas that are located around the city.
What To Do
This region is actually know for Sherry, which means you can get tours of the vineyards and have as much Sherry as you like :-).
In addition, you can walk around the town and explore its Parks and churches or just do nothing and enjoy the tranquility of the town and its beautiful surroundings.
Here are some things suggested by the Tourist Board – http://www.andalucia.com/cities/jerez/top-ten.htm.
Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
You may also check Viator for additional things to do.
Currency: Euros (EUR)
Have you visited Jerez? What are your thoughts?