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Founded by Phoenicians who named it Xera, during the Middle Age, it was scenario for border raids, since it was located in Granada Kingdom's frontier, under Muslim control. When Catholics conquered it, Jerez was already popular for its excellent wines.
Jerez de la Frontera has a very strong Arab past, evident in its walls, Alcázar and Mezquita, this last one is today's chapel Santa María la Real. Jerez's main Christian symbol is its Cathedral; it combines both baroque and neoclassic elements in its structure. Inside, you can admire Zurbaran’s works. To the other side of Alcázar you will find Jerez’s plaza and Saint Michael's church, beautiful scenery surrounded by orange trees. The mixture of gothic, renaissance and baroque styles has created a special ensemble, and as a finish touch an outstanding major altarpiece. Not so far, is Jerez's most Flemish traditional town, Santiago. In this hamlet there are many Flemish brotherhoods. Its gothic trace with renaissance and baroque elements is a beautiful sightseeing spot.
Places to visit with a rental car
To Jerez's outskirts, the cultural and leisure offer is bountiful, and many golf courses await golf lovers just a few kilometres from Jerez de la Frontera Airport. Jerez's gastronomy has added the making of their most typical recipes to their wide array of wines. Thus, meat, fish and seafood are cooked 'al jerez' or 'a la jerezana', which indicated the incorporation of fine, smelly or Pedro Ximénez. Jerez de la Frontera is also a perfect starting point to get close to the wide beaches of Costa de la Luz, where locations like Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cadiz or Chiclana de la Frontera stand out. Besides, accommodations are bountiful in Jerez de la Frontera; two good choices to stay in Jerez are Cadiz and Arcos de la Frontera.