With 185,000 inhabitants, Jerez is the largest city in Cádiz province. It's rich in history and tradition and most well known for the excellent sherry that it produces.
The English have been importing sherry from Jerez for centuries. Many people have become rich through the sherry industry; a lot of these "sherry magnates" actually moved to Jerez. Today, Jerez has a reputation for being a bit snobbish. It dates back to the time when the sherry producers of Jerez would copy the social mannerisms of the English aristocracy.
Nowadays, the city is a dynamic mixture of old and new buildings. Some parts are very attractive, while other areas, remain charmingly shabby and run down, especially the old quarter.
The gypsy quarter is said to be one of the oldest in Andalucía. All the streets are narrow and winding; it's like as maze (very easy to get lost). They seem to go round in circles. There are some beautiful squares and renaissance palaces to look at. Consequently, with the influence of El Gitano (The Gypsy), flamenco is very important to Jerez, hence the setting up of the Andalucían Flamenco Foundation here.
The Watch Museum is well worth a visit. It houses some of the oldest timepieces in Europe. There is also an Archeological Museum close by.
Jerez is closely associated with horse breeding. Traditional methods are still used today. Some of the most famous horses in Spain have been bred here. The Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art is set in Jerez. Visitors come from all over to witness the beauty of these graceful creatures.
The world motor racing championships are held here; speed freaks from all over the globe come here to check out the legendary Jerez speed circuit.
Jerez has its own airport. It's just 4 kilometres north. Jerez is also well connected by road and rail to Cádiz (25km) and Seville (85km).
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