The city's name started out as "Xeres" in Roman times (though the Phoenicians were here before them), then became "Sherrish" under its Moorish rulers (giving its name to the fortified wine, finally ending up as "Jerez de la Frontera" in the late 14th century, due to its location on the border of the Muslim and Christian-ruled regions. In Catalan, Italian and French, sherry is still called "Xeres", harking back to the Roman/medieval Castillian word, "Xerez".
Jerez de la Frontera train station is located in Plaza de la Estacaion Ferrocarril s/n located about 500m east of the historic town center. It is served by Alvia Long Distance trains to Madrid, Medium Distance to Cadiz, Sevilla and Corodba with some continuing to Jaén, and Cercanias (local) to San Fernando and Cadiz.
These are the airlines that have direct flights to and from Jerez and the following cities. We are updating this table frequently to reflect 2020 airline daily schedules, and have retained 2019 routes as a reference.
See a selection of excellent excursions from Jerez to neighbouring cities, villages and countryside. The perfect opportunitiy to see some of the interesting aspects of Andalucia culture without the hassle of having to organise them yourself.
See a selection of excellent tours in and around Jerez town, perfect opportunities to see some of the interesting monuments and things to see in Jerez without the hassle of having to organise them yourself. These tours all depart from a central point in Jerez town.
In most wine-growing districts of Spain, the harvest festival begins on the feast of St Matthew (21 September). In Jerez the Fiestas de la Vendimia starts officially on 8 September, the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady.
Jerez is ideally located between the hills and the coast and enjoys the very best of fresh local produce, to which is often added the world famous sherry, brandy and vinegar of Jerez. These are used as main ingredients in many recipes, thus allowing Jerez to provide a surprisingly varied cuisine of the highest quality.
Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María form a triangle of generous land where the vine has reigned from time immemorial. Some of the earth's most singular wines are produced here.
This traditional food market, with stalls run by local tradesmen, is located in the centre of the city, in Calle Doña Blanca. Housed in a beautiful, high-ceilinged, period building, it has a lively, buzzing atmosphere, and offers an excellent selection of fresh fish, meat, and fruit and vegetables.
This 210ha reserve has two lakes, the Laguna de Las Canteras and the Laguna El Tejón, both of which are prone to drying up in summer. Take the A381 from Jerez de la Frontera. The reserve is situated some 18km from Jerez on the right-hand side of this road.
For somewhere less hectic and more tranquil, many people prefer to rent their own apartment in Andalucia, especially in Jerez de la Frontera. Situated between the sea and the mountains, in Jerez city centre you are never more than a short trip away from any of the places of interest. Below are a few of our recommended apartment rentals in Jerez.
The Montecastillo Golf Resort designed by the great golfing legend Jack Nicklaus is rated the 5th best course in Europe and deservedly so. It follows the principle that what you see is what you get, with no blind holes and with open, and big drive inducing, fairways.
Sherry and Golf, what an evocative combination they make, and now the name has become reality in the form of The Sherry Golf Complex. Situated just 1.5 kilometres south of the lovely town of Jerez, on the Autovia A-1V. Golf Sherry is typical of the modern American style of courses, wide fairways, big greens and lots of water.
The Jerez Horse Fair, known as the Feria del Caballo, is traditionally held during the first or second week in May. It is an exciting and lively event that brings the entire city to the González Hontoria fairground, which covers an area of 52,000 square meters, giving ample space for the finest horses of Jerez, as synonymous with the city as sherry and flamenco, to show off to the crowds.
Affectionately known as an airport with Solera, after the famous method of producing Sherry. This is a quiet airport looking a little tired but a perfect alternative to Sevilla with access to Jerez, Cadiz, Tarifa and the Costa de la Luz. It is also just an alternative for the western end of the Costa del Sol being 90 min motorway drive to Sotogrande or Estepona.
Elegant hotel and spa in converted winery with magnificent function room just outside the centre.
Housed in the restored wine cellars of Williams & Humbert, an impressive red-and-white building with magnificent stone entrance doorway, is located outside the city centre. The 59 rooms and suites offer classic colour themes such as terracotta and cerulean blue, with free WIFI and satellite TV.