The Santiago district in Jerez is where you will find the genuine flamenco bars, shows and a museum.
Visit the Hamman Baths by the cathedral in Jerez, book in for a massage too if you fancy a real treat.
The Royal Equestrian School in Jerez
Visit the museum of equestrian arts, the horse carriage museum and see an exhibition and training of these famous Andalucian horses.
Shopping & food markets
Jerez and El Puerto de Santa Maria have great boutique shops in their central pedestrian streets. For everything under one roof, try the El Corte Ingles department stores or the Area Sur or El Paseo shopping malls. For food shopping don't miss the hustle and bustle of the indoor market in Jerez, a fantastic range of local produce and a great atmosphere.
La Saura equitation centre is just down the road from El Rancho. You can hack out through the forest or have an inidividual lesson with a qualified instructor. If there is a full moon, ask about their midnight treks called "lunadas".
Honey and Bee Museum
Take the children to the Cortesano Farm just down the road from El Rancho, its free entry and you can see over 1,700 hives and sample some delicious honey.
Visit the estate of Alvaro Domecq and see how the horses and fighting bulls are bred in their natural habitat. A great morning out for all ages.
Located between Jerez and El Puerto, this farm breeds and sells baby crocs to zoos all over Europe. Visit the centre and see for yourself.
Carthusian Horse Centre
Visit the most important stud farm in Spain which breeds the Andalusian Cartujano horses. An interesting tour around the estate, followed by a show, highly recommended.
Culture in Jerez de la Frontera.
Visit the beautiful city of Jerez and marvel at its architecture, the Moorish alcazar and its beautiful gardens, palaces, the cathedral and its ancient monastery. The bull ring and theatre are worth a look too, even if you don't go inside.
The sherry triangle consists of Jerez, Sanlucar and El Puerto de Santa Maria. Visit one of the famous bodegas including Fundador, Tio Pepe, Harveys, Williams Humbert or the Lustau wineries which also houses an impressive art collection including work by Picasso.
Be amazed by the scale of these largely overlooked Roman remains. A whole Roman city at the foot of a huge sand dune. Afterwards enjoy freshly cooked fish and seafood at one of the little beach bars.
Visit Medina Sidonia
See the Santa Maria church, the Roman fortress and explore the old town that was once largely owned by Spain's wealthiest family. Then stop for a coffee and one of the famous cakes in the main square.
The old town is an absolute gem. Visit the Cathedral, climb the Torre Tavira, explore the castle and get a sense of its naval history. Wander round the flower and food markets and the boutique shops this city has on offer.
Discover its cathedral and the exquisite Moorish Palace, the Alcazar. You can even take a city bus tour - it's a great way to orientate yourself and to see the sights.
Go to the Races
Right on the beach at Sanlúcar in August!
Doñana National Park
Take a boat from Sanlúcar and see its southern edges or drive to Matalascanas and do the full tour in a 4-wheel drive desert bus! This is Europe's largest birdlife reserve and quite unique.
Drive further inland towards the mountains of Grazalema. Stop off at the white towns of Arcos de la Frontera, Alcala, Ubrique (famous for its leather goods), Grazelama and El Bosque.
Visit Gibraltar for a Day
Definitely not Spain - and not Britain either. A good day trip - the best bit is the Rock itself so take a cable car ride or taxi and visit the Barbary apes and St Michael's caves.
Go to the Zoo
Jerez Zoo is interesting and well run. It's a worthwhile half-day outing. There is also a separate Exotic Reptile Centre on the outskirts of the city.
Take the kids to Aquasherry Water Park
Situated just outside El Puerto de Santa Maria. Enjoy the slides, flumes and rapids, there is also an area for very young children.
Some great courses in the area and all available to non-members. The famous Montecastillo Resort is the closest. Sherry Golf in Jerez and the course at El Puerto are all within an easy drive.
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