There are few places in Spain which can lay claim to the international recognition enjoyed by Jerez. Thanks to its wine, jerez or sherry, the equestrian tradition, the bulls, flamenco, and motor racing, this Andalusian town’s name has been known far and wide for many years. The Phoenicians arrived in the surrounding area some 3000 years ago to establish a colony called Xera, which became known as Ceret under the rule of the Romans and Sheres or Xeres when it became an Arabic fortress. Under the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, the prosperous trading of its famous wines with the English began. The Muslims left a deep mark on the town including the layout of the quarters situated at the heart of the old Arabic city town center such as San Lucas and San Mateo, where the church of the same name is to be found, the Market Square (housing the Archaeological Museum), and Riquelme Palace. But without a doubt, the most important Al-Andalus feature is the Alcázar de Jerez situated within the walled enclosure of the Mosque, the Arab Baths, and the Olive Garden with its cisterns and fountains in perfect harmony with the Baroque palace of Villavicencio built upon the ruins of the original Islamic palace with a tower where the visitor can find the original camera obscura.
The “Tacita del Plata” is considered the oldest city in the Western World. It was founded (in 1100 B.C.) by the Phoenicians, a seafaring people who turned Gadir into an important trading colony where the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Visigoths and the Muslims would all subsequently settle. An open, cosmopolitan city, its port was chosen by Columbus as the point of departure for his second voyage to the New World. The city would then become, after the decline of Seville, the port to The Indies, drawing the flow of trade with the American Continent.
- What Will You DoEnjoy a private tour around Jerez, considered the birthplace of Flamenco when some gypsy families abandoned the nomadic lifestyle to settle down. And Cádiz, the oldest city in the Western World, founded in 1100 B.C. by the Phoenicians.
Learn about the historical center of Jerez and Cádiz and see its architectural history
Find the original camera obscure at the Alcázar de Jerez
Visit the Cádiz ancient Cathedral
- What To ExpectThe Cathedral, which can be seen from the sea, and its golden tiled dome fit perfectly into the Cadiz cityscape with its colonial air. It combines both the Baroque and Neoclassical styles, and its treasure is amongst the most important in Spain.
The intense trading activity with The Indies awakened the greedy interest of pirates, which led to the city being fortified. The remains of the original although renovated cross-fire defence system designed by Vauban make up an important part of the heritage of Cadiz.
- What Is IncludedPick up from Hotels in: Cádiz, Jerez and El Puerto de Santa María.
You can request pick up at Chiclana, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Rota with an extra fee.
Round trip private transfer by air-conditioned minivan
Small group tour
Tour in Jerez's historical center
Entrance to Jerez Alcázar
Tour in Cádiz's historical center
Entrance to Cádiz Cathedral
Civil liability and accident insurance
- What Is Not IncludedFood and drinks