Jerez holiday homes are set in and around a beautiful old city, a few short steps in from the Atlantic coast. Your ideal Jerez holiday apartment might be an elegant loft or penthouse in the heart of the historic centre, perfect for a couple. Here you’ll be perfectly located to experience the rich local culture, and catch one of the many colourful citywide events that take place throughout the year. Most apartments in Jerez provide space for between two and five visitors, and home appliances, as well as Internet access, are normally provided. Within minutes of Jerez you can reach seemingly endless sandy beaches, and cities with histories that date back more than 3000 years.
-Beaches. More than 15 kilometres of fine sandy beaches is reachable on the waterfront of El Puerto de Santa Maria, a few moments from the city of Jerez. Among the best are Valdelagrana, Santa Catalina, Levante and Fuenterrabía. Valdelagrana is particularly lovely, being more than 6 kilometres in length and fringed by a promenade with shops and restaurants.
-Local sights. The old town in Jerez has been designated a historic artistic site. Every May this impressive old architecture forms the backdrop for the Horse Fair, one of Andalucia’s most important annual events. Jerez’ Arab history is evident in its defensive walls and Moorish-Palace Fortress, which dates back to the 900s. The Chapel of Santa Maria la Real, is also fascinating, as this structure was once a mosque.
-Cadiz. This city dates back to Phoenician times, three thousand years ago, making it the oldest city in the whole of Western Europe. Much of the old city as it appears now is from the 1600s, when it enjoyed great wealth – and needed to fortify itself against pirates. Bastions at Santa Catalina and San Sebastian are open to visitors. Cadiz also has a great cuisine, drawing on the freshest seafood, and local products like sherry from Jerez.
-Doñana National Park. This reserve protects a large part of the coastline and hinterland not far from Jerez and has UNESCO World Heritage status. It’s especially important for its birdlife, but also provides a habitat for the rare Iberian lynx. There’s a great range of ways to experience its natural beauty – you could take an off-road trip through pine forest, marshes and dunes, or you could follow cycling and hiking routes to get to unspoiled, perfectly natural beaches.
-Seville. There are plenty of reasons to make the trip north to this city, which is full of character and boasts a rich Arab heritage. The food is sublime – many agree that this is where you can enjoy some of Spain’s best tapas. There’s also a wonderful ensemble of historic architecture. If you take in only one sight, make it the Cathedral, which many say is the largest church in the world and is also a converted mosque.
Jerez holiday rentals are in a region of Spain with a hot Mediterranean climate. Here, summers tend to last from April to October. Daily highs soar to 23 degrees at the beginning and end of the season, while temperatures peaking in the mid-30s in July and August. It’s also a dry part of the country, with almost no rain in mid-summer and the majority of the annual precipitation occurring in winter. Temperatures in winter are very mild compared to the UK – here it will reach the high-teens on many January days.
The closest and more convenient way to get here is via Jerez’ own airport (XRY), which has a limited number of seasonal connections to the UK. It’s no more than 15 minutes from the centre of Jerez. The main airport for this wider area is Seville’s San Pablo Airport (SVQ), which is 90 kilometres north of the city of Jerez. This destination handles a lot of routes from the UK, mostly via low-cost carriers. If you’re reaching your holiday apartment in Jerez from Seville by car then the town is a straightforward drive down the AP-4 toll road on the way to Cadiz.