Jerez de la Frontera might not be on every traveler’s list, but it should definitely be on yours if you love good wine. It’s part of the famous Sherry Triangle, a region that has more wineries here than anywhere else in Spain.
Jerez is known for its excellent wine, strong flamenco tradition, and equestrian arts. Other popular attractions in town are the Alcázar de Jerez and Colegiata de Nuestro Señor San Salvador.
The city is just a bit over an hour away from Seville and easy to get to from other cities. It’s a great place for a day trip, whether you visit it on its own or combine it with a trip to Cadiz.
- The cities of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa María make up the Sherry Triangle, an area in the province of Cádiz in southwestern Spain.
- The best things about Jerez de le Frontera are it’s sherry production and Andalusian Horses.
- You can explore Jerez in one, two, or three days, depending on how you like to travel.
Where is Jerez de la Frontera?
Unassuming Jerez is precisely where you’d expect Andalucía’s most celebrated wine producer to be: in the beautiful plains of the Campiña de Jerez, located just 12 km away by bird flight from the Atlantic Ocean. It is also conveniently close to some of Andalucía’s most famous destinations: Jerez is just 90 km south of Seville and 30 km north of Cádiz.
How to Get to Jerez de la Frontera from Seville
Jerez can be reached in a number of ways, with frequent buses and trains connecting the city to Seville, Arcos de la Frontera, and El Puerto de Santa María.
Seville to Jerez Train
You can reach Cadiz in 1 hour with the quickest train from Seville.
Where to Park in Jerez
Let’s get this out of the way, if you’re coming to Jerez on a Sunday, you start looking for the blue lines and find a free spot on the street. (Parking in the Zona Azul is free on Sundays in Jerez.)
If you’re any other day of the week, you can expect to pay by the hour and can stay for a maximum of 2 hours. (In the Orange Zone, you can park for a maximum of 1 hour, and in the Green Zone, you have up to 5 hours. Regardless of the zone, it costs €0.80 per hour – as of 2023.)
Parking in the street:
- In the morning: Look for parking close to Puerta De Rota. It’s a 10-minute walk from there to the Alcazar de Jerez and the city’s historic center.
- In the afternoon: Go near Plaza de Toros de Jerez, a bit further north. It will be a 20-minute walk to the Jerez’s main sights.
Best underground parking lots near the historical center of Jerez:
- At the Plaza del Arenal (Google Maps)
- At the Central Market on Calle Corredera (Google Maps)
- At the Alameda Vieja (Google Maps)
- At the Alameda Cristina (Google Maps)
Hassle-free option: Hop on a Day Trip to Jerez and Cadiz from Seville
How Much Time Do You Need for a Day Trip to Jerez from Seville
Jerez is becoming a popular hub for exploring the Cadiz province. It’s like a breath of fresh air in a region heavily shaped by tourism.
Even if you don’t plan to stay long, spending just 6 hours in Jerez can give you a taste of its attractions and leave you wanting to come back for more.
Getting Around Jerez
The city has a pretty compact historical center.
Strolling around Jerez de la Frontera is the best way to see and enjoy its lovely streets and squares.
In my opinion, seeing palaces from a bus isn’t enjoyable.
What to Do in Jerez de la Frontera
- Bodegas Tradición: Learn more about some of the world’s finest fortified wines. (If you want to prepare in advance, read this great guide to sherry wine!) Founded in the late 17th century, the bodegas has deep roots in the region’s winemaking heritage.
- Alcázar de Jerez: Visit this 11th-century fortress turned palace and its beautiful landscaped gardens.
- Catedral de San Salvador: Explore the captivating blend of Gothic and Baroque architecture in Jerez’s historic cathedral.
- Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art (Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre): Experience stunning horse shows and discover the unique Andalusian horse breed at this pretigious institution.
Don’t miss out: Reserve your Spot for Jerez’s Famous Equestrian Show
To sum it up, Jerez de la Frontera, located not far from Seville, makes for an excellent day trip. You can enjoy its wine heritage, historic sites like the Alcázar and cathedral, and captivating equestrian shows at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, all within a few hours.
It’s a taste of Andalusian culture that may leave you longing for more.