Jerez de la Frontera

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Rotonda de la Venencia
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Coat of arms of Jerez
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Jerez is located in Andalusia
Location in Andalusia
Jerez is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 36°42′N 6°7′W / 36.700°N 6.117°W / 36.700; -6.117
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Andalusia
Province Cádiz
Comarca Campiña de Jerez
Judicial district Jerez de la Frontera
Commonwealth Municipios de la Bahía de Cádiz
 • Alcalde María del Carmen Sánchez Díaz (PSOE)
 • Total 1,188.23 km2 (458.78 sq mi)
Elevation 56 m (184 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 212,226
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Demonym Jerezanos
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 11401 – 11409
Official language(s) Spanish

Jerez de la Frontera is a municipality in the province of Cádiz in the autonomous community of Andalusia, (Spanish: Andalucía) in southwestern Spain, situated midway between the sea and the mountains. As of 2013, the city, the largest in the province, had 215,180 inhabitants; it is the fifth largest in Andalusia. It has become the transportation and communications hub of the province, surpassing even Cádiz, the provincial capital, in economic activity. Jerez de la Frontera is also, in terms of land area, the largest municipality in the province, and its sprawling outlying areas are a fertile zone for agriculture. There are also many cattle ranches and horse-breeding operations, as well as a world-renowned wine industry.

The city is located 12 km (7.46 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean, in the Campiña de Jerez, region appropriate to cultivate the vineyards that produce the famous sherry. It pertain to commonwealth Municipios de la Bahía de Cádiz with a metropolitan area of over 650.000 inhabitants. Some famous places in to the city are Alcazar of Jerez, Church of San Miguel, Charterhouse of Jerez, the Cathedral of San Salvador.

Since 1987 the Grand Prix motorcycle racing has been held at the Circuito de Jerez in early May. On this weekend, the city welcomes thousands of bikers from around the world. The same circuit has hosted several Formula 1 Grands Prix, including the 1997 final race of the season, which was marred with controversy for a notable high-profile championship-deciding incident. Other popular festivals in the city are Feria de Jerez or the Holy Week in Jerez.


The city of Jerez is governed by the ayuntamiento (municipality) of Jerez, whose representatives, as in other towns in Spain, are elected every four years by universal suffrage for all citizens older than 18 years of age. The body is chaired by the mayor of Jerez.

Currently, the mayor is María del Carmen Sánchez Díaz, member of Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, who won the municipal election in 2015.


The economy of Jerez has traditionally been centered on the wine industry, with exports of sherry worldwide. Because it lacks the civil service that other cities enjoy, Jerez has based its economy on industry. The cultivation of fruits, grains, and vegetables and horse and cattle husbandry has also been important to the local economy. It is the home base for the Spanish Military Stud farm, the Yeguada Militar de Jerez de la Frontera.

After the wine crisis in the 1990s, the city is now seeking to expand its industrial base. Tourism has been successfully promoted. The city's strong identity as a center for wine, flamenco, and horses, its popular festivals, MotoGP hosting and its historical heritage have contributed to this success.

The city is the home of Jerez Airport and has also been positioning itself as a logistics hub for western Andalucia, through the integration between the airport, the rail system and nearby ports.

In May 2012, Time Magazine profiled Jerez as the most indebted town in Spain, portraying it as the vanguard of Spain's impending economic collapse and the consequent dissolution of the European Union should that happen.[1]


The name Jerez goes back to the Phoenician Xera, Sèrès, later Romanized under the name of Ceret; the location of this settlement, however, remains unknown.[citation needed]

The classical Latin name of Asta Regia, unrelated to the present name, referred to an ancient city now found within Mesas de Asta, a rural district approximately 11 km (6.84 mi) from the center of Jerez.

The current Castilian name came by way of the Arabic name شريش Sherish.[2] In former times, during the Muslim occupation of Iberia, it was called Xerez or Xeres. The name of the famous fortified wine, sherry, which originated here (although some argue that it originated in Shiraz, Persia), represents an adaptation of the city's Arabic name, which is pronounced Sherish. Frontera refers to a Spanish frontier, located on the border between the Moorish and Christian regions of Spain during that period,[when?] a regular host to skirmishes and clashes between the two regions. Over two centuries later, after the Castilian conquest of Granada in 1492, Xerez definitely lost its status as a frontier city, but did not lose that designation.

After the Kingdom of Castile took Jerez on October 9, 1264, following the name given by the Muslims to the city in the period known as the Reconquista, the city was then called Xerez in medieval Castilian, transcribing the consonant /ʃ/ (like the English sh) with the letter x, as was the rule at the time. In the 16th century, the consonant /ʃ/ changed into the consonant /x/, with the corresponding spelling of Jerez.

The old spelling "Xerez" as the name given to the city survived in several foreign languages until very recently, and today continues to influence the name given to sherry: Portuguese Xerez [ʃəˈɾɛʃ], Catalan Xerès [ʃəˈɾɛs], English sherry /ˈʃɛrɪ/, French Xérès [ɡzeʁɛs]. The city's main football team continues to use the old spelling, Xerez.


Jerez in 1835

Traces of human presence in the area date from the upper Neolithic, and humans have inhabited Jerez de la Frontera since at least the Copper or Neolithic Age, but the identity of the first natives remains unclear. The first major protohistoric settlement in the area (around the third millennium BC) is attributed to the Tartessians.[3]

Jerez later became a Roman city under the name of Asta Regia. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the Vandals and the Visigoths ruled it until the Arabs conquered the area in 711. In the 11th century it briefly became the seat of an independent taifa. Some years later 'Abdun ibn Muhammad united it with Arcos and ruled both (ca. 1040-1053). In 1053 it was annexed to Seville. From 1145 to 1147 the region of Arcos and Jerez briefly operated as an emirate under dependency of Granada, led by Abu'l-Qasim Ahyal. Later the Almohads conquered the city. In the 12th and 13th centuries Jerez underwent a period of great development, building its defense system and setting the current street layout of the old town.

In 1231 the Battle of Jerez took place within the town's vicinity: Christian troops under the command of Álvaro Pérez de Castro, lord of the House of Castro and grandson of Alfonso VII, king of Castile and León, defeated the troops of the Emir Ibn Hud, despite the numerical superiority of the latter. Castile conquered the city in 1264. The discovery of America and the conquest of Granada, in 1492, made Jerez one of the most prosperous cities of Andalusia through trade and through its proximity to the ports of Seville and Cádiz. Despite the social, economic and political decadence that occurred in the seventeenth century, towards the end of the Habsburg rule, the city managed to maintain a reasonable[citation needed] pace of development, becoming world-famous for its wine industry.


Jerez de la Frontera and the rest of the Cádiz metropolitan area has a SubtropicalMediterranean climate with oceanic influences, characterized by very mild and wet winters and long warm to hot and dry summers. The average annual temperature is 24.4 °C (76 °F) during the day and 11.9 °C (53 °F) at night. The average annual precipitation is 570 mm (22.4 in) per year, concentrated in the months of October through April. December is the wettest month with 109 mm (4.3 in). The city averages 53 rainy days, 137 clear days and 2,965 hours of sunshine a year.

Climate data for Jerez de la Frontera (Jerez Airport 27m on the outskirts of the city) (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 25.3
Average high °C (°F) 16.2
Daily mean °C (°F) 10.7
Average low °C (°F) 5.2
Record low °C (°F) −5.4
Average precipitation mm (inches) 78
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 6 6 5 6 4 1 0 0 2 6 7 8 53
Avg. relative humidity (%) 77 73 67 64 60 56 52 55 61 69 75 79 66
Mean monthly sunshine hours 184 187 224 251 300 318 354 334 250 225 184 158 2,965
Source: Agencia Estatal de Meteorología[4]

Main sights[edit]

Religious Monuments[edit]

  • The Cathedral
  • Church of San Miguel (15th century). It is in GothicBaroque style
  • Church of San Mateo, in Gothic style, the oldest in the city
  • The Charterhouse
  • Church of Santiago, dating back to Alfonso X of Castile's times
  • Church of San Juan de los Caballeros, created after Alfonso X's conquest of the city in 1264
  • Church of San Marcos (13th century)
  • Church of San Dionisio (13th century), built around 1457
  • Church of San Lucas, built over an old mosque.
  • Church of, San Francisco, where are the rest of the queen Blanca de Borbón
  • Church of San Pedro
  • Chapel of San Juan de Letrán
  • Calvary Chapel
  • Chapel of Los Desamparados
  • Convent of San José
  • Covent of Santa María de Gracia
  • Convento of Espíritu Santo
  • Hermitage of San Isidro Labrador
  • Hermitage of San Telmo
  • Church of Santo Domingo
  • Church of Los Descalzos
  • Convent of Las Reparadoras
  • Church of La Victoria
  • Hermitage of La Ina
  • Basílica del Carmen de Jerez

Palaces and Manor House[edit]

  • Palacio Duque de Abrantes
  • Palacio de Bertemati
  • Palacio de Riquelme
  • Palacio de Camporreal
  • Palacio de Riquelme
  • Palacio Domecq
  • Palacio Dávila
  • Palacio de Luna
  • Palacio de Villapanés
  • Palacio Pemartín
  • Palacio de Villavicencio
  • Casa Petra de la Riva
  • Casa-palacio de la calle Lealas, número 20
  • Palacio San Blas
  • Palacio del Marqués de Villamarta
  • Palacio del Conde de los Andes
  • Palacio de Mirabal
  • Casa-palacio de los Ponce de León
  • Palacio del Barón de Algar del Campo
  • Palacio de los Condes de Puerto Hermoso
  • Palacio de los Condes de Montegil
  • Casa de los Basurto

Museums and other monuments[edit]


Andalusian horse showing a historical Spanish walk, practiced in 'The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art', Jerez de la Frontera
A glass of Sherry from Jerez de la Frontera
The art of venenciar

Jerez is known as the world capital of sherry wine, as well as for being a center of horsemanship and flamenco dancing. It is the home of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, a riding school comparable to the world-famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Jerez, the city where flamenco singing began, is also proud of its Andalusian Centre of Flamenco.

There are two museums of note: the Jerez Archaeological Museum and the Atalaya Watch Museum (also known as "Palace of Time").

The old quarter of Jerez, dating from medieval times, has been named an "Artistic Historic Complex". The Easter week celebrations in Jerez are of "National Touristic Interest", and its remarkable Horse Fair (Feria del Caballo) in May is an event of "International Touristic Interest".



There are four important football clubs in the city. Xerez CD, the historical club founded in 1947, played in the top division in the 2009/10 season and currently is in liquidation. On the other hand, Xerez Deportivo FC, founded in 2013 to replace the old Xerez after his liquidation, being the first football team in the city. Also, there are Jerez Industrial CF the main rival of Xerez, founded in 1951, and CD Guadalcacín, who plays in Tercera División.

In Jerez there are two futsal teams which represent the city. They are Jerez FS and Xerez Deportivo FC, also known as Xerez Toyota Nimauto (for sponsor reasons). Both clubs were founded in 2013.

Other sports[edit]

The most important track team in Jerez is Club Atletismo Xerez Deportivo FC, an athletic team which has been champion of Spain in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.[citation needed].

Canasta Unibasket Jerez is the city's basketball team.

Club Natación Jerez, is the main Swimming Club in Jerez. It has won the "Campeonato de España Master" ("Championship of Spain Master") many times.

Jerez is also the site of Circuito de Jerez, formerly called the Circuito Permanente de Jerez, where the annual Motorcycle Grand Prix is contested. The race course is a prime destination for Formula One teams who wish to perform off-season testing and hosted the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix from 1986-1990 before the race moved permanently to the Catalunya Circuit near Barcelona. Jerez also hosted the European Grand Prix in 1994 and the controversial race in 1997.

The 2014 Vuelta a España cycle race began in Jerez de la Frontera on 23 August, with a 12.6 km (7.8 mi) team time trial. The race followed a 21-stage route, finishing in Santiago de Compostela on 14 September.


There are 76 elementary schools, 41 secondary schools, 12 adult education centres and 10 public libraries in the city of Jerez.[citation needed]

The University of Cádiz, the provincial university, has a campus in Jerez. It specializes in socio-political studies.

The city is also home to a member of the Official School of Languages (Escuela Oficial de Idiomas) and a centre of the National Distance Education University (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED).



Aeropuerto de jerez, also known as Aeropuerto de La Parra, is the main airport in the province of Cádiz. It is located 8 km (5 mi) north of the city centre and is connected to the city by train and bus.

It was built in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War by the Nationalists in order to transport soldiers from Africa to Spain. The airport was open to civil traffic in 1992. It is the third most important airport in Andalucia after Malaga and Seville.


Jerez has had a railway line since 1854, which was one of the first in Spain. The line went between Jerez and El Puerto de Santa María and transported wine barrels for export. La estación de Jerez is the station with more passengers than Cádiz and is the fourth busiest in Andalucia.

Next to the Aeropuerto de Jerez, there is a new train station which connects the airport to nearby Jerez, and also to Cádiz, Sevilla, Lebrija, Utrera, El Puerto de Santa María, and San Fernando.




Jerez has 41 km (25 mi) of bike lanes that follow the main avenues of the city.


According to official population data from INE, the municipality of Jerez had 212,226[5] inhabitants as of January 1, 2014. This makes Jerez the most populous city in the province, fifth in Andalusia, and 25th in Spain.

Evolution of the population of Jerez de la Frontera from 1842

Fuente: INE[6]

Population distribution[edit]

Population center names Kind Population 2012 Distance from city center
Cuartillos Rural neighborhood 1,300 inhabitants 11 km east
El Mojo-Baldío de Gallardo Rural neighborhood 400 inhabitants 16 km southeast
El Portal Rural neighborhood 700 inhabitants 6 km south
Estella del Marqués Village 1,650 inhabitants 5,5 km east
El Torno Village 1,300 inhabitants 20 km east
Gibalbín Rural neighborhood 550 inhabitants 30 km northeast
Guadalcacín Village 5,500 inhabitants 5 km northeast
Jerez de la Frontera (city) City 190,000 inhabitants
La Barca de la Florida Village 4,353 inhabitants 20 km east
La Corta Rural neighborhood 550 inhabitants 3,8 km south
La Ina Rural neighborhood 800 inhabitants 10 km southeast
Las Pachecas Rural neighborhood 430 inhabitants 8 km southeast
Las Tablas, Polila y Añina Rural neighborhood 400 inhabitants 6 km west
Lomopardo Rural neighborhood 283 inhabitants 5 km southeast
Los Albarizones Rural neighborhood 420 inhabitants 3,5 km southeast
Majarromaque Rural neighborhood 500 inhabitants 26 km east
Mesas de Asta Rural neighborhood 600 inhabitants 11 km east
Mesas de Santa Rosa Rural neighborhood 300 inhabitants 5 km north
Nueva Jarilla Village 1,600 inhabitants 15 km northeast
Puente de la Guareña Rural neighborhood 500 inhabitants 16 km east
Rajamancera Rural neighborhood 485 inhabitants 8 km southeast
San Isidro del Guadalete Village 650 inhabitants 15 km southeast
Torrecera Village 1,280 inhabitants 20 km southeast
Torremelgarejo Rural neighborhood 730 inhabitants 10 km east


Lola Flores monument

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Jerez de la Frontera is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lisa Abend (28 May 2012). "The vanguard of disaster". Time. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Deroy Louis, & Mulon Marianne (1992) Dictionnaire des noms de lieux, París: Le Robert
  3. ^ Pedro Bosch Gimpera (1995). El poblamiento antiguo y la formación de los pueblos de España. UNAM. p. 210. ISBN 978-968-36-4439-8. 
  4. ^ "Guía resumida del clima en España (1981-2010)". 
  5. ^ Population figures since 1996 from Spain's National Institute of Statistics
  6. ^ INEbase. Variaciones intercensales. En línea: Consultado 10-07-2011. Cuando se dispone del dato de población de hecho y de derecho se ha tomado la cifra más alta.
  7. ^ "Twin towns, Biarritz official website". Retrieved 2013-05-11. 
  8. ^ "Mayor's Newsletter". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 

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