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Jerez Travel Guide

by our Spain expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad FreethyEnglish has always had problems with foreign pronunciation, so the best we could do with the Spanish ‘J’ and ‘z’ here was turn it into ‘sherris’ and hence sherry. Jerez de la Frontera, to give its full name, is the main town and one corner of the wonderful Andalusian triangle which is legally the only area to produce sherry. Jerez and the Andalusia region are the home of much that is regarded as classical Spain. Flamenco originated here – its gypsy connotations coming from the Moorish invaders. Andalusian horses and horsemanship are world-renowned and the Jerez annual horse fair (May) is a fiesta riot of colourful costume, haughty horsemen, dancing, eating and, of course, drinking. The ‘solera’ system of continual aging in the cool dark bodegas, before fortifying with brandy, is unique and the Jerez wineries (bodegas) are extremely visitor friendly. The region is also the largest producer by far of the ideal accompaniment – olives. ‘Manzanilla’ in fact is both an olive variety and a very dry style of sherry.
 

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Spain Facts

National Flag: Spanish Flag
Language(s): Spanish
Galician
Catalan
Basque
Aranese
Currency: Euro
Dialling Code: +34
Time Zones: Madrid : GMT + 1
Canary Islands : GMT
Balearic Islands : GMT + 1
Tourism Website:
http://www.spain.info/


Things To Do in Jerez

For more travel & tourist information, visit the Turismo Jerez website
 


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