Real Andalucian Traditions.
Proud of its heritage, Jerez de la Frontera ( 35 kilometers from Cádiz) is an aristocratic town with a refined ambience. The town is most famous for its Andalusian pedigree horses and draws many visitors who come to see the traditional equestrian shows. The Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (Royal Andalusian Riding School) in an elegant building on the Avenida de Duque de Abrantes, stages the popular show titled Cómo Bailan los Caballos Andaluces (How Andalusian Horses Dance). The Jerez Horse Fair is held annually in May at the Gonzalo Hontoria Fairgrounds. This 500-year-old custom showcases the town’s prestigious pedigreed horses. Visitors will appreciate the food stands offering tapas, and families will enjoy the children’s amusement park at this lively event.
Jerez de la Frontera is also known for the traditional Andalusian art of flamenco dancing and cante jondo (deep song). Cante jondo is a dramatic and evocative style of Gypsy singing. The Centro Andaluz de Documentación del Flamenco, found at Plaza San Juan, is housed in the Palacio de Pemartin. This beautiful 18th-century mansion is worth a visit just to admire its exquisite architecture, particularly the lovely Baroque-Rococo courtyard. Visitors can watch videos about the various forms of flamenco and tour the gallery that displays objects related to the art of flamenco. Other highlights are the educational presentations about historical figures of flamenco singing, guitar, and dance. Be sure to see Juan Valdés’ painting Tríptico de la Soleá. At the end of February and early March, the annual Festival de Jerez stages traditional as well as avant-garde flamenco performances of an exceptional caliber at the Teatro Villamarta and other venues.