Fly To Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
This picturesque town surrounded by vineyards is where superb sherry as well as wine and brandy are produced, and you’ll find over 30 cellars where you can sample the delectable fruits of the nearby vines. But there’s much more to Jerez de la Frontera, with its historic centre, fascinating museums, charming gypsy quarter and beautiful old buildings. The town is also where the Flamenco dance originated, as well as being home to magnificent ‘dancing’ Andalucian horses, and it’s just as famous for its motorcycle racing and bullfights.
Pronounced ‘Heh-res’ or ‘Heh-reth’, Jerez dates back nearly 3000 years. History aside, most of which is enmeshed with sherry; it’s now a modern, progressive city with wide boulevards.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Granada, or anywhere else in Spain. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and don’t forget to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Embassy to Jerez de la Frontera is in Madrid, Spain. Edificio Lista, Calle de Claudio Coello 91-6, Cor of J Ortega Y Gasset, Madrid 28006. Phone: + 34 91 436 3780. Website: dirco.gov.za/madrid/en/.
See and do
Typically Spanish, warm and charming, Jerez de la Frontera has lots to offer visitors, including some of the best food in the area that you can wash down with superb wines. The town is also a joy to explore, especially the Carthusian monastery of Santa Maria de la Defension, whose monks bred the magnificent horses that are so famous here. The architecture is magnificent, and you’ll find a distinct Arab influence here too, evident in the Chapel of Santa Maria la Real.
Of course, sherry and brandy production is the main attraction here, and there are choices of bodegas or wine cellars where you can see how sherry or brandy is bottled and aged, and also sample some. The most famous producers include Sandeman, Pedro Domecq and Gonzalez Byass. A main attraction in Jerez itself is Alcazar, where the caliph of Seville once lived. You can explore this former residence and in the complex you’ll find an octagonal mosque and some ancient baths. You can also stroll through its beautiful gardens. Also in the complex is the Villavicencio Palace, a magnificent Baroque work of art that was built in the 18th Century. Another Baroque structure worth visiting is La Colegiata, the Cathedral of San Salvador, located in Plaza de Arroyo. This 18th Century church is home to a number of art treasures including Zurbaran’s The Sleeping Girl which is found in the sacristy.
Jerez de la Frontera is an excellent base from which to explore the extensive range of beautiful beaches in the Costa de la Luz region, including those found at Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cadiz and Chiclana de la Frontera. The mountain villages that comprise the White Village Route are also in this vicinity and you can explore the magnificent landscape too.
Jerez Airport – XRY
The airport serving Jerez de la Frontera is also known as La Parra Airport and is located 8km northeast of Jerez de la Frontera in Southern Spain, around 80km from Seville. Jerez Airport (code XRY) offers access to Gibraltar, Cadiz, Tarifa, Seville and the Costa del Sol which is an hour and a half away by car.
Wireless Internet access is available throughout the terminal building at Jerez Airport. The first fifteen minutes are free.
Food and beverage: On Time, Cervecería Gambrinus serving food typical of Seville.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Jerez Airport Lost & Found on 956 150 063.
Airport Hotels: Barcelo Montecastillo Golf, Barcelo Montecastillo and Convention Centre, Hotel Jerez and Spa, Hotel H2 Jerez, La Cueva Park.
Car Hire: Avis, Enterprise Atisa, Europcar, Goldcar Rental.