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On streets lined with orange trees and soaring palms, the historic centre is awash with magnificent palaces. Its architectural heritage spans a Moorish fortress, Mudejar churches, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical façades, and splendid ironwork balconies. Jerez's architectural beauties are complemented by hundreds-year-old traditions, captivating the travelers with tours through the city's history of sherry-making arts and local folklore, in a pulsing city that lies in the heart of the province of Cádiz.
Boasting a history that dates back to the 11th century, Jerez De La Frontera is a captivating and historical city. The acclaimed capital of Flamenco, sherry and baroque horsemanship traditions offers plentiful entertainment options, as well as many culturally enriching opportunities. Wander though the Arabesque city-centre and beautiful architecture, feel the scent of grapes and wine in a local bodega, enjoy a performance of flamenco or a show of Equestrian Art - Jerez is an unforgettable experience.
Bearing the vestiges of the wealthy Andalusian cuisine, Jerez blends its rich, traditional flavours with local specialities in which sherry comes as a greatly welcomed ingredient and the finest seafood arrives fresh from the nearby towns. The main concentration of restaurants sits along Calle Consistorio and Plaza Vargas, serving the best of the regional cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes include riñones al Jerez (kidneys braised in sherry), caldereta (stews) and rabo de toro (oxtail), which, as the hearty Spanish do, are consumed relatively late. It’s not unusual to lunch at 3pm or dine after 10pm, but with a few tapas and a couple of glasses of a full-bodied Manzanilla to go in between, you won't certainly feel the hunger.
Coffee in Spain is more than just a drink. The culture of coffee is deeply-rooted into the Spanish lifestyle, making the espresso-break a widely greeted custom in Jerez. Arabesque squares in the city house picturesque cafes, gathering hubs that seem to be made for people-watching and relaxing over a cup of strong coffee or a portion of churros. The day starts with a cup of cafe solo (a single espresso) and continues with cafe cortos, doble or cafe con leche according to personal tastes.
Local sherries, brandies and wines can be found in intimate, atmospheric bars. Fino wine wonderfully accompanies the greatly acclaimed tapas, nibbles that vary highly from one place to another. Jerez is crowded with a huge assortment of quaint bars and bodegas, family owned businesses that bear a pronounced Spanish accent. The bars and discotheques along Avenida Lola Flores and Avenida de Mejico attract a young audience.
For your shopping trip in Jerez, you should first head to Calle Larga, where you’ll find high-street fashion brands such as Zara, Pull and Bear or Mango, international names that have gained popularity worldwide. Then, explore the streets of Calle Larga, especially Calle Algarve, where narrow lanes are lined with tiny shops selling knick-knacks and souvenirs. A stone's throw away you will find the covered market brimming with local produce and fresh seafood. Jerez has three main attractions - horses, flamenco and sherry, and each of them cannot be left unexplored. Sample sherries and wines at a traditional bodega, shop some local equestrian souvenirs or pop into a colourful shop of flamenco dresses - feel the vibes of the city.
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