Jerez de la Frontera, capital of sherry and Spanish brandy, is encircled by picturesque vineyards. The city centre is easily visited on foot and among its many interesting sights is the cathedral, built on the site of a mosque and the Moorish style Alcazar. Jerez de la Frontera is also home to some of Spain´s finest flamenco and the city has many excellent tablao´s.
Jerez is also famous for being the capital of all things equestrian in Spain and the Real Escuela Andaluza de Arte Ecuestre (Royal School of Equestrian Art) is particularly worth a visit. Try and see one of the weekly Dancing Horses performances usually held on Tuesdays, but also on Thurdays in High Season.
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Ronda and Pueblos Blancos (White Villages)
Ronda is one of the most spectacularly located cities in Spain, and sits on a massive rocky outcrop. It is also one of the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages). The Puente Nuevo or New Bridge, an impressive 18th century construction built over the dramatically steep El Tajo Gorge (over 100 m deep) joins old Ronda with new Ronda. Ronda is considered the spiritual home of bullfighting having one of the country’s oldest bullings, inaugurated in 1785. Other highlights include the old town with its lovely old plaaces of which the Mondragon Palace (now a museum) stands out. It was rebuilt during the Reconquista but still preserves its Moorish essence.
A tour of the other White Villages like Arcos de la Frontera, El Bosque, Ubrique and Grazalema could also be included in this day trip.
Seville is the capital of Andalusia and has a chequered history having been ruled by the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors before it was finally reclaimed by the Christians in the 13th century. The city’s character reflects this particularly in the architecture of Moorish, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style which can be seen. It´s a compact maze of narrow streets with a fascinating choice of places to visit. The medieval Jewish quarter and the Barrio Santa Cruz are fascinating by day or night with flower-lined streets, houses adorned with exquisite wrought iron and seemingly endless restaurants and taverns.This city, the fourth largest in Spain, still preserves the lushness and sensuality of Al-Andalus. A visit here would require an early start in the morning to make the most of your day.
Puerto de Santa Maria & Cadiz
El Puerto de Santa Maria, the traditional port of the sherry houses in Jerez, has several interesting churches, mansions and a 13th century mudejar castle. It also has one of the largest and most famous bullrings in Spain as well as several nice beaches and great restaurants. Nearby Cadiz, which bay is almost entirely surrounded by water. some claim is Europe’s oldest city and many speak about Hercules being its founder. Occupied by the Carthagininans, Romans and Moors, the city lived a gold period during the Re-conquest from the wealth taken from the New World (Las Americas). Although more a tourist resort nowadays the real joy of visiting Cadiz is to wander around the city through the gardens and open squares, as well as the old Town. The baroque Cathedral is lovely . The Carnival here in February is the pride of the city and one of the most important in Spain.
Cordoba is a Moorish city with spectacular buildings, among them the Mezquita. A walk around the heart of Cordoba, the old Jewish quarter, gives the sensation that little has changed since the 10th century. Cordoba’s Mosque, also called Medina Azahara (or Mezquita in Spanish) is without doubt the most famous and outstanding construction in the city and of Andalusia. The original one was built between 785 and 787, but over the centuries, some additions and extensions have been made. Outstanding also is the Cathedral (unfortunately part of the Mosque was destroyed to incorporate this in 1523), as well as the dozens of arches and pillars. Also remarkable is the Mihrab, a prayer niche richly ornamented.
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