JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA BY PRIMA RENT A CAR

Jerez de la Frontera, Feria, Sherry, and Bikes (II)


Jerez de la Frontera, Feria, Sherry, and Bikes (II)

Jerez (II)

The bodega was already close; there were a lot in Jerez, but we decided to visit the Tío Pepe Bodega. Why Sherry? Such a British drink? The name of the drink sherry comes indeed from the city Jerez! This is because the city is famous for the production of this good. To get to know this tradition we visited one of the great sherry bodegas, the wineries, where we could see where and how the wines are made. The bodegas have a very long tradition: about 250 years ago Irish and Scottish entrepreneurs came to Jerez and established their own winery businesses. Because of the soil in the area around Jerez, a special sort of grapes can be cultivated there. This is what makes Jerez’ wine industry so special.

BODEGA TIO PEPE JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

BODEGA TIO PEPE JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

Out of this tradition, some sort of wine aristocracy was formed. The descendants of British emigrants ruled the culture, but in the past centuries somehow converted into a typical Spanish wine dynasty. Their love for horses is still visible until today and is shown by the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. After just under 10 minutes in our rental car, we arrived at the area of the school. But before entering, we wanted to have a snack.

ESCUELA ARTE ECUESTRE JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

ESCUELA ARTE ECUESTRE JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

Unfortunately we didn’t visit on a Tuesday or Thursday so we could not attend to a show, but we still had the possibility to watch the stallions in training. It was amazing to watch and everyone who has a passion for horses will definitely melt away: beautiful harnesses for the horses and wonderful costumes for the riders. The animals were performing an interesting choreography and it looked as if they were dancing.

MUSEO CARRUAJES JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

MUSEO CARRUAJES JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

After enjoying the show, we visited the Carriage Museum in which contains old carriages and attachments for those. The exhibits were very decorative and beautiful and it was a good experience, especially after seeing the horses’ performance.

Besides the sherry and horse culture, Jerez is also home to a typical Spanish, but very different tradition: The Flamenco. This is why we decided to have dinner at a restaurant called La Taberna Flamenco which offers local food and dancing shows. It was really interesting and a lot of fun; and of course delicious.

TABERNA FLAMENCA JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

TABERNA FLAMENCA JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

Another aspect unique to Jerez would have been the race track a little outside the city: it’s a ground where many important teams, for example from the Formula 1, use to train and where a lot of important events were and are hosted. One of them will be the World Motorcycling Championship of 2013.

CIRCUITO CARRERAS JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

CIRCUITO CARRERAS JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

But because none of us was really interested in races and it was almost night, we skipped that point of interest and directly drove home to our hotel in Málaga; our head full of new impressions of a day that was definitely worth the long journey…

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Jerez de la Frontera, Feria, Sherry, and Bikes (I)


Jerez de la Frontera (I)

Being a nice trip in the winter, we went to Jerez.

Jerez, often called Jerez de la Frontera because of its past, is a city in Andalusia, which is close to the Costa de la Luz. So we were leaving the Costa del Sol and the Mediterranean Sea for one day to visit the Atlantic side of Spain, more precisely the province of Cádiz. It was a long ride: about 230 kilometers from Málaga to Jerez which meant two hours and 20 minutes in our rental car. Luckily it was very comfortable.

Jerez for a long time was a border town between the Moorish and the Christian Kingdoms; this is why it is called ‘de la Frontera’ which means ‘of the border’. There are still a lot of remains from the Moorish times like the Alcázar that we wanted to visit first. It’s a former fortress which now contains a park. It is located in the city center on a little hill.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA TRIP PRIMA RENT A CAR ALCAZAR

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA TRIP PRIMA RENT A CAR ALCAZAR

Even though we had already seen a lot of similar buildings and parks, this one was still impressive. Ponds, trees and plantings surrounded by a Moorish building with horseshoe arches, fountains in the inner courtyards and star-shaped lights in the ceiling. And, because the Alcázar is on top of the city we had a beautiful view from up there.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA TRIP PRIMA RENT A CAR STREET

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA TRIP PRIMA RENT A CAR STREET

 

We could already see our next destination: a bodega. But first we decided to go for a walk through the charming old town of Jerez. Beautiful narrow streets with small shops and decorative house entrances; some of the streets were even made out of mosaics.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA TRIP PRIMA RENT A CAR BODEGA CELLAR

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA TRIP PRIMA RENT A CAR BODEGA CELLAR

More to come……

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