Jerez de la Frontera is situated in the county of Andalusia and within the province of Cádiz, at the bottom end of the Iberian Peninsula in Southern Spain. Jerez became famous throughout the world for its sweet wines named after the town, which the British pronounced “sherry”. It is called de la Frontera because it once stood on the frontier between the Moorish and the Christian realms. Jerez is also famous, throughout the world, for its fine horses and brilliant flamenco singers and dancers.
Considered as the wine and horse capital and the home of flamenco, Jerez possesses wonderful and exclusive tourist attractions: wine and bodegas, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, the Bull-fighting Art Museum, the Clock Museum, the Zoo, the Congress Palace and the eldest quarters of the city having been declared as an artistic-historic area. The town has a markedly aristocratic flavour with wide streets and squares. The 11th century Moorish fortress, or Alcázar, has been partially restored. Of special interest is its church, originally built by the Arabs as a mosque. Also, Jerez celebrates its famous Horse Fair at the beginning of May each year.
Over 126,000 spectators turn up for the Jerez Motor Grand Prix weekend event. This is one of the largest, most popular and most talked about circuits in the world. This event is conducted at the Jerez Motor circuit, just a few kilometres from the airport. This is an exciting weekend in Jerez with the influx of tourists creating a carnival style atmosphere.
The province of Cádiz has a moderate climate with around 3,200 sun hours a year, equating to more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Jerez is one of the largest municipalities in Andalusia, with a population of over 200,000 people.
The British colony of Gibraltar and the Andalusian capital, Seville are only an hour drive away, so if you miss English pub-grub or wish to enjoy a walk around Seville’s beautiful city centre, both cities are just a short drive away.
In addition, although Jerez isn’t a coastal town, several nearby towns such as El Puerto de Santa María, Sanlúcar, Cádiz, Conil or Tarifa have European blue flag beaches that are less than an hour's drive away.
Primarily Jerez is a safe city where the locals are very welcoming of the college students, who enjoy discounts at many local amenities by simply showing their airport security card.
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