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The sweet sherry and rich brandy produced in Jerez de la Frontera have made it an Andalusian town of international repute. As well as a thriving gastronomic scene, the enchanting town boasts an intriguing historical inheritance that an alluring architectural array exemplifies. A strong Arabic influence is rife within the domes of Jerez’s mosques and the flair of its art, however Andalusian culture still reigns supreme in the colourful flamenco shows and tantalising tapas of the town’s traditional tavernas.
Undoubtedly Jerez’s most magnificent landmark, the imperial majesty and astounding affluence of the Moorish fortress of Alcazaba are only rivalled by Granada’s Alhambra palace. A glittering mosque, cloistered patios, turreted towers and elegant baths comprise the sight of this extravagant example of past prosperity. Inside, visual banquets await in the form of the Hall of Ambassadors, a richly decorated room that communicates the opulence of this pristine palace.
Jerez’s collection of museums is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most eclectic and enthralling. Don’t expect to discover the usual collections of fine art and archaeology; this town has a dynamic approach to culture. The Museum of Time houses Europe’s most extensive collection of clocks, and informative panels provide insight into the mind-bending mystery of time itself.
The Museum of Honey and the Bees is a relevant and remarkable collection that depicts the history of bee keeping and honey making in an attempt to protect one of the world’s most endangered and important animal species.
With its rich agricultural connotations, Jerez is guaranteed to delight visitors with its exceptional culinary array. A restaurant that encompasses both cosmopolitan influence and prime produce is Uva Cocina Fusion, an exquisite eatery that enjoys a subtle Moroccan influence. Signature dishes include sublime seafood, cold meat selections and creative salads, all of which are inevitable accompanied with some of the town’s renowned liquors.