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Jerez, or Jerez de la Frontera, is a city in the southwest region of Spain located between the mountains and the sea. It forms part of the province of Cadiz, and although it is not the capital of the province, it has become the largest municipality and the economic, commercial and transport centre. Jerez is, of course, known for its sherry, but within the city are several natural and historic sites, reachable in just an hour’s drive.
Who to Book With
Car hire firms can be found throughout Jerez, although most are located at the airport. Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar, Sixt, Europcar, Alamo, National and Enterprise are all represented. Booking online is possible and ideal if you want to be able to compare rates before arrival in the city.
Best Time to Go
With more than 3,200 hours of sunshine per year, Jerez makes for a great holiday destination. It can get cold and wet in the winter and humid in the summer, but temperatures remain relatively mild compared to other Spanish cities. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for a vacation.
Need to Know Essentials
With the following documents, you will be able to retrieve your car hire in Jerez:
- The credit card used during the booking
- Rental reservation proof
- Photo ID
- A national driving Licence (held for at least a year)
- International Driving Permit (for non-EU national)
Jerez becomes quite congested during peak times on weekdays, which prompted local authorities to develop the public transport infrastructure of the city. Cars are best used for taking daytrips outside of town. Parking spaces are available for those looking to park up and explore areas inside the city on foot. A number of car parks, including Centro along Calle Larga and Alameda Vieja along Calle Manuel María González, can be found in the centre.
Jerez is a growing transport hub of the region and is well connected to the other cities in Andalucia. Cádiz, the city, can be easily reached by train or bus, and the same goes for Seville. Jerez is also a stop on the RENFE national railway line. In addition, taxis are available and fares are relatively cheap.
Although Jerez does not have a rapid transit or commuter train network in the city, it is a major stop along the Spanish national railway RENFE line, which connects Cádiz on the western coast to the rest of Andalucía, particularly Seville and Málaga. RENFE tickets can be booked 60 days prior to travel. Booking in advance is strongly advised for travel on public holidays and long weekends.
Taxi fares in Spain are relatively cheap when compared to many other EU countries. Many are not metered, however, and will have set fares for set destinations. It is possible to hire a cab on the street, but there are not so many in Jerez. Calling ahead or going to one of the taxi ranks scattered around town may be necessary. The journey from the airport to the city centre costs around €14.
There are several bus lines that offer services, not only in Jerez but also to destinations outside the city, including nearby Seville, Cádiz and many other Andalucian cities. Consorcio de Transportes Bahía de Cádiz runs services from Cádiz that pass through Jerez downtown on their way to Jerez Airport. Tickets costs around €1.
Although the attractions within Jerez can easily be reached on foot or by public transport, hiring a car is recommended if you want to enjoy the many scenic drives and daytrips you can launch from the city. This is a very beautiful area of Spain, featuring seaside towns and medieval forts and villages. Because of its fantastic location, right in the centre of everything in the region, Jerez is an excellent base for a day-tripping holiday in Andalucia.
Arcos de la Frontera - A town located immediately east of Jerez, situated along the Guadalete River. This picturesque village, with its white-washed houses and a commanding Gothic church on top of a ridge, is only a 30-minute drive from Jerez.
El Puerto de Santa Maria - Located just south of Jerez towards Cadiz, is a picturesque seaside destination. It was from this historic is that the famous Portuguese explorer Christopher Columbus sailed to the Americas in the name of the Spanish crown.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda - This is a city northwest of Jerez, set right at the mouth of the Guadalquivir, one of the most important rivers in Spain. Visitors come here for the manzanilla (a variety of sherry) and the seafood. It is particularly well-known for its beach horse races.