Blunty and Blooms 2017

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Jerez and Rob's Birthday {Part 1}

September 19, 2017

My husband hates me buying stuff. Yes he likes his clothes, music, guitars, wine, watches {not necessarily in that order}. For his birthday this year I decided that I'd incorporate music, guitars, wine into a suprise trip away to Jerez, Andalusia. 

 

Jerez is the birthplace of flamenco music, sherry and tapas. Rob's Mum and Dad have been a couple of times and have raved about how wonderful it is, we had to see for ourselves and so glad we did. I took a lot of advice on where to go, where to stay from them as well as reading up on TripAdvisor and reviews before we set off. 

 

Getting there:

Jerez {pronounced Hie-reth} you can get to quite easily with flights direct from London Stansted with Ryanair. It's roughly a one hour transfer from Seville or Gibraltar Airport by car, just make sure you set up your transfers beforehand with your hotel or Airbnb.

 

Take a Taxi to the centre where we stayed for €20 each way, which takes roughly 15 minutes. Jerez is part of the Andalusia region of Spain, making it an ideal location to explore other cities like Cádiz, Malaga and Seville.

I think Jerez feels like somewhere lot more tropical than Spain because of its lime tree lined roads, palm trees and huge cacti. You could be in California or any part of the Mediterranean. It was so hot when we arrived, at least 35'c! 

 

We stayed at Sercotel Asta Regia Jerez, and booked directly. It's a small, friendly, boutique style hotel. As I booked for Rob's birthday, I thought it would be a treat to upgrade, so decided on a deluxe suite. Breakfast is optional at €9 per person each day, we had breakfast there every other day and would definitely recommend it, lots of choice available and the best fried eggs I think I've ever had. {Real Nespresso coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice from Seville- where else?!}

 

 

{It's not everyday that your bathroom has a double sink.}

We instantly felt relaxed at the Asta Regia, it's well positioned making it an easy location to explore the region further.

 

 

The centre of Jerez felt gloriously untouched by tourism. The shops are typical of European high streets {A great Zara, Mango and Tiger}, dotted throughout the town are local cafes and buildings all of their original Spanish architecture. Every turn is picture perfect and stopped me in my tracks! 

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