A Day in Jerez de la Frontera: Cádiz, Spain
As I sit here and look back at all the beautiful photos from my visit to the South of Spain, I have to pinch myself that I was able to experience such a beautiful place with some of the greatest humans I’ve ever met. It wasn’t your typical yoga retreat (more about that in another post). In other words, I didn’t come home as rested as I thought I would be, but boy did I have a blast!
Embedded in my memory of Spain was a day well spent in the small town of Jerez de la Frontera, most famously known as the home of Sherry (the spirit).
If you ever plan on visiting the South of Spain, definitely stop by this town for some authentic Spanish vibes. Just be aware that the locals notoriously don’t love tourists in their city; a graffitied parking garage sign told us so.
How to Get There
The best way is to drive. The town was about a 45 minute drive from our Hacienda in Sevilla. The Hacienda and Jerez are all part of the Andalucia region in Spain. If you’re driving from the heart of Sevilla, give yourself an hour and a half to get there.
See and Get Around
This is a perfect walking city. It is much less busy in August as most Europeans are spending their holidays on the coast. As is the case in any city I visit, I don’t always have a set plan. Unless there’s a specific restaurant recommendation or landmark that I want to check out, I like to walk around and stumble upon the local spots. Again, in the middle of August be prepared for many shops and restaurants to be closed, but the upside is there aren’t any crowds.
First, check out the grounds of Alcázar de Jerez, where there is a park for shade seekers. You have a bunch of photo opps here too!
Get lost in one of the colorful alleyways and just take a second to admire some of the beauty and simplicity of these quintessential European streets. A lot of the architecture in Spain is heavily influenced by the Moors and it is absolutely stunning.
Continue with a visit to the Catedral de Jerez. I was so enamoured by the grandiose presence of this Cathedral. And these doors!!!
Not Your Corner Bodega
Admiring the beautiful cathedrals and picturesque alleyways wasn’t all that Jerez had to offer! The definite highlight of the day was a Tour of the González Byass Tio Pepe Bodega.
The tour lasts 90 minutes. It starts with a short video history of the family owned business which dates back to 19th century. You get full access to the grounds with a knowledgeable and witty tour guide! The tours are led in several languages including English, Spanish, and German that I know of. There are a few ticket options ranging from 12- 21 € (euros) and include the tour with a tasting and tapas if you so choose (you bet I did!) I won’t give away all the details of the tour, but here are a couple of pictures so you get a little peek of what you’ll see.
The Sherry at the End of the Tunnel
We ended the tour on a high note with a Sherry tasting. This was just what the group needed to
wine wind down after a long day of sightseeing in the August heat. If it weren’t for this awaiting us at the end, we may not have made it!
The tasting offered 2 sweet and 2 dry glasses of sherry. I especially enjoyed the Alfonso, an Oloroso. This best seller is full bodied with a maple-y taste and resembles the color of a bourbon. Most of the sherry’s are a lot sweeter than I usually like my wine, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Book your tour here.
Thanks for reading and make sure to stay tuned to the blog for more highlights from my trip to Spain. Adios!