Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Jerez de la Frontera

Had a great break over the last week-end in the Jerez de la Frontera / Cadiz area of Andalucia.

We stayed in Jerez de la Frontera.

Drove from Lagos, Algarve, Portugal on the A22 motorway to the Spanish frontier, then continued on the A49 motorway to Seville. Then took the A4 motorway for 21kms until it turned in the N4 national road and followed this for the last 90kms to Jerez de la Frontera. This avoided the need to take the AP4 toll motorway. I suspect that in a busy period the toll motoway would be the best way to go.

Transit time was about 4 hours with two stops for fuel and coffee.

The countryside as one approaches Jerez de la Frontera is rolling fields. The town itself is situated about 20kms from the coast and, of course, is famous as the home of Sherry wine.(an anglicised corruption of the town's name.) All the big names in the sherry name have their "bodegas" there, including Sandeman, Harvey's, Gonzalez Byass, Domecq etc. Tours can be made of the bodegas but usually only on certain days and by booking. The Royal Andalucian Horse Academy and The Centro Andaluz de Flamenco is also to be found in the city.Again check days of opening.

The Alcazar is also worth visiting, if only to view the city through the "Camara Obscura".