Province of Cadiz
Surface area: 7.436 Km2
City of Jerez:
Surface area: 1.188 Km2
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Jerez from my point of view
Jerez is situated 83 km south of Seville and 30 km North East of Cadiz in the agricultural plains south of the Rio Guadalquivir.
Jerez is in the south-western corner of Andalucia, in the Province of Cadiz. This city can be seen to enjoy a truly privileged geographical location: lying in a fertile area formed by the plain of the Guadalquivir, on the banks of the river Guadalete and just a short drive from both the Atlantic beaches and the Gaditana mountain range. With a marvellous geographical situation, it is midway between the mountainside and the coast, where over 3,200 hours of sunshine grace the town with mild temperatures year round. The gentleness of the climate, with temperatures averaging 11º C in winter and 25º C in summer, softened by both its proximity to the sea and its very geographical latitude, means winters are mild and summers pleasant. Jerez weather is just perfect for enjoying Cadiz beaches in summer and relaxing holidays in the winter season.
Jerez city is 199.544 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the province of Cádiz and the fifth largest in Andalusia. It has become the transportation and communications hub of the province, surpassing even Cádiz, the provincial capital, in economic activity. Jerez de la Frontera is also, in terms of land area, the largest municipality in the province, and its sprawling outlying areas are a fertile zone for agriculture. There are also many cattle ranches and horse-breeding operations.
The capital of sherry wine, the horse, and flamenco, Jerez, situated midway between the sea and the mountains, has a wealth of appealing tourist attractions, many of them related to the three preoccupations that made the city famous and the centre of Cadiz tourism. A visitor will wish to see the famed vineyards, stop at a sherry bodega to see how the fortified wine is made, and taste the product as well. Jerez is the home of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, a riding school comparable to the world-famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. Jerez, the city where flamenco singing began, is also proud of its Andalusian Centre of Flamenco. There are two museums of note: the Jerez Archaeological Museum and the Atalaya Watch Museum (also known as "Palace of Time").
The old quarter of Jerez, dating from medieval times, has been named an "Artistic Historic Complex". The Easter week celebrations in Jerez are of "National Tourist Interest", and its remarkable Horse Fair (Feria del Caballo) in May is an event of "International Tourist Interest". Full information can be found in this website.
Jerez is the home of the Xerez Club Deportivo football team. It is also the site of the motorsport track, Circuito Permanente de Jerez (Jerez Race Track), where the annual Motorcycling Grand Prix is contested. Jerez track is a prime destination for Formula One teams who wish to perform off-season testing; Jerez circuit hosted many Moto GP and Formula 1 Grand Prix races. Indeed, every year thousands of motorbikes lovers go to the Jerez race circuit to watch the races and have fun.
The General area development plan tackles environmental issues within the municipal area and establishes protective measures for natural resources (hydrological, building, landscaping, flora and fauna ..) backed by a complete set of regulations the aim of which is to preserve them from harmful actions and improve levels of conservation and development.
Although norms regarding conservation affect the area as a whole, several areas have been designated of special ecological value: the Aljibe district, which includes the whole western side of the municipal territory from the Sierra de Cabras, towards the east which is mainly forest, the Guadalete Valley district which includes all the valley along the course of the river as it passes by Jerez, a large part of its limits being defines by the irrigation channels of Guadalcacín, and finally 42 separate areas which are grouped under the heading of Areas of Great Landscaping and Environmental Interest and which correspond to all the wetlands of the area, the Complejos Serranos, the banks of the Guadalete, the streams, rises, plains and escarpments, the forestry systems and the Areas of Cultural Landscaping Interest.
Curiously, Jerez airport, which receives more than 1,500,000 passengers each year, is the unique airport in the province of Cadiz. Apart from all customer services provided there, like car rental Jerez airport, Jerez Transfers and many other, Jerez flight training school offers piloting courses for novices and professionals.