Just a short journey from Seville, Jerez de la Frontera is best known for its sherry. However, with amazing architecture, a fascinating history and, of course, delicious food, there is so much more to this city!
With so much to see and do in Andalusia, taking a day trip when you’re visiting Seville can really enhance your time in southern Spain. Jerez may be small, but with one of the oldest wine traditions in the world and a whole host of incredible food to enjoy, visiting the sherry making region is something you won’t regret!
After a recent Devour Seville outing to the city, we decided to put together this guide full of insider’s tips on how to make the most of a day trip to Jerez.
Photo Credit: Tony Bowden
What to see in Jerez
The Cathedral: The city’s extravagant cathedral took almost one hundred years to build. Much like Seville’s Cathedral, this beautiful, intricate building was built on the site of a mosque in the city. Although considered a Gothic cathedral, there are elements of Baroque and Neoclassical styling that add a spectacular touch to this monument.
The Alcazar: Situated close to the cathedral, this old Moorish fortress dates back to the 12th century and is a great example of the Almohade architecture of the time. From the beautiful gardens, the architecture of the ancient Arab baths and the amazing bronze horse statues inside, the Alcazar Fortress is a must during your day trip to Jerez.
A Bodega: Sherry is a defining product of Jerez and you can’t take a trip to the region without seeing how their treasured tipple is made. For an intimate sherry tasting experience, head to Bodegas Tradicion. With a tour of the art gallery as part of the experience, your expert guide enthusiastically explains the complex sherry ageing process. Four delicious varieties of sherry aged at the bodega are laid out for tasting, paired with some carefully chosen bites of food – and there’s even a glass of locally made brandy to cleanse your palate at the end!
Where to eat in Jerez
Albores: Located right in the center of Jerez, the all-day kitchen in this modern restaurant serves customers top quality, locally sourced food. Along with traditional favorites such as ensaladilla or salmorejo, make sure and try their delicious clams made in locally produced vinager – delicious!
Address: Calle Consistorio, 12
Tabanco San Pablo: The tabanco tradition originated in Jerez and these small, traditional establishments combine the atmosphere of a typical tavern with the sale of locally produced wines and Sherries. Perhaps the most-loved tabanco in Jerez is Tabanco San Pablo, a primary part of the famous Tabanco Route through the city. The meatballs are amazing at this bar and to complete the taste experience, make sure and try their morenita, a mixture of drier moscatel with aromatic oloroso sherry.
Address: Calle San Pablo, 12
El Almacen: The unique interior of this bar combines modern design with the strong tabanco tradition Jerez is known for. The menu at El Alamcen consists of raciones for sharing and is the perfect place to have a nice dinner with friends. You cannot leave without tasting their buñuelos de bacalao, lightly fried chunks of fresh cod served with a side of mayonnaise, paired with a local dry sherry of course!
Address: Calle Latorre, 6
How to get to Jerez from Seville
By Bus: Buses from Seville to Jerez go from Prado de San Sebastian and cost around €18 return. In total the journey shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half and tickets can be bought either at the station or online.
By Train: To travel by train, head to Santa Justa Train Station where a return ticket will also cost about €18. With a journey time of about one hour, this is perhaps the most convenient way to travel to Jerez and tickets can be purchased online or at the station.
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After studying in Andalusia, Jaimie made sure he was on the first possible flight back to Seville—the day after graduation! Many years later, he is fully immersed in Spain’s culinary world and has shown thousands of guests the secrets of sherry and tapas.