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! 

#ihavethisthingwithtiles 

The bluest skies in Jerez, I wish I could take myself back there for another few days! 

 

 

Speaking Spanish:

 

Like many Andalusian cities, Jerez doesn’t have a huge tourism industry so it would be a good idea to brush up on a few simple Spanish phrases (ie. "Dos cervezas por favor" “Tiene un menú Inglés?”, “Gracias!”) if you don’t speak the language.  Make sure you do what we did and download the Google Translate app! 

The birthday boy himself!

 

 

 

 

 

Our favourite places to eat and drink

 

Jerez de la Frontera is the birthplace of Tapas: here our some of our favourite places you must try;blog on Sherry and Tapas coming soon, tasting at Bodegas Tradicion here} It is an absolute must-visit.

 

  • Bar Junainto- it's hidden in a back street in the centre of Jerez with lots of variety of tapas to try. The setting is gorgeous too!

 

  • Albores - the tapas restaurant is set between many others, looks no different, but was a rare gem that curated vegetables and fruit as well as they did meat and seafood. To share. Obvs. 

 

 

 

 

 

The hotel gave us a street map to find our feet. 

 

Jerez is the official birthplace of flamenco music and nowhere seems to deliver it better than Tobanco El Pasaje. The sherry bar has an incredibly authentic charm; your tab gets chalked onto the bar in front of you, the tapas gets brought to you on greaseproof paper. The Tobanco had performances on every night whilst we were there and no performance is the same. We didn't reserve a table but you could do as long as you spend 20euros. You need to book at least two nights in advance to get your place here. 

{Tobanco El Pasaje}

 

{Tobanco El Pasaje}

 

 

A gorgeous sherry and cheese tasting platter for a bargain 8euros at one of the Tabancos in Jerez. 

As always, feel free to message me here or on Instagram if you have any questions. Where are you going on your next trip?

 

You can read part two of Jerez here and Cadiz here.

 

Blunty x 

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