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Seven top tips in the Sherry triangle

Andalusia is world-famous for the unique style of wine known as sherry. But it also has so many other things to experience, whether you're interested in nature, history or architecture.

The very southernmost part of Spain’s Andalusia region is the home of sherry, centered in the ‘sherry triangle’ between the three towns of Jerez, Sanlucár de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria.

Jerez is located 15km inland and with its 200,000 inhabitants is considered the wine region’s capital, while the charming port town of El Puerto de Santa Maria lies in a picturesque location in the Gulf of Cadiz and Sanlucár de Barrameda sits next to the Atlantic Ocean, making it the most windswept of the three. Sanlucár is also home to the special variety of sherry known as Manzanilla, which is recognizable through its extra saltiness and freshness.

Andalusia is the driest and warmest region in the whole of Spain and the lime-rich, chalk-white earth of the sherry triangle – albariza – is particularly known for its importance in sherry production, which historically has been the backbone of the region, both economically and culturally.

Andalusia as a whole has around 8,400,000 inhabitants and is the second-largest autonomous region in Spain. It in turn is divided into eight provinces, with Seville the largest.

The very southernmost part of Spain’s Andalusia region is the home of sherry, centered in the ‘sherry triangle’ between the three towns of Jerez, Sanlucár de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria.

Jerez is located 15km inland and with its 200,000 inhabitants is considered the wine region’s capital, while the charming port town of El Puerto de Santa Maria lies in a picturesque location in the Gulf of Cadiz and Sanlucár de Barrameda sits next to the Atlantic Ocean, making it the most windswept of the three. Sanlucár is also home to the special variety of sherry known as Manzanilla, which is recognizable through its extra saltiness and freshness.

Andalusia is the driest and warmest region in the whole of Spain and the lime-rich, chalk-white earth of the sherry triangle – albariza – is particularly known for its importance in sherry production, which historically has been the backbone of the region, both economically and culturally.

Andalusia as a whole has around 8,400,000 inhabitants and is the second-largest autonomous region in Spain. It in turn is divided into eight provinces, with Seville the largest.

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Hotel Villa Jerez

Not the most central hotel in Jerez - but definitely one of the most charming and beautiful. This five-star hotel was built in the 1950s as a private villa for the Domecq sherry family, complete with infinity pool and pretty gardens to wander around, but today is a relaxing retreat for visiting tourists from all over the world.

Hotel Villa Jerez

Avda. de la Cruz Roja 7, 11407 Jerez de la Frontera

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Mesón del Asador

A carnivore's dream. Simple, rustic and insanely good. Generous portions and also the perfect place for people-watching; it's always crowded, noisy and bustling here.

Mesón del Asador

Calle Remedios 2, 11403 Jerez de la Frontera

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Bodegas Tio Pepe

Of course, you can't come to the sherry triangle without visiting some sherry producers. Gonzalez Byass is one of the largest and most famous, not least thanks to its fresh fino sherry, Tio Pepe. There's not normally any problem simply dropping by for a visit, but call or email in advance just to be on the safe side.

Bodegas Tio Pepe

Calle de Manuel María González, 12, Jerez de la Frontera

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Fiestas de la Vendimia

Sherry, flamenco, horses, concerts and Iberian ham. Jerez's famous harvest festival 'Fiestas de la Vendimia' kicks off in September every year and for three weeks turns the normally rather sleepy city into a round-the-clock carnival with food, drink and dancing at every turn.

Fiestas de la Vendimia

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Poma

The coastal town of Sanlucár de Barrameda is home to plenty of really great seafood restaurants and in fact you could just close your eyes and point and you'll find a good place for a superior lunch with wine. To make absolutely sure though, find your way to Poma: relaxed, charming, great food.

Poma

Avda. Portico de Bajo de Guía 6, Sanlucár de Barrameda

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Priory Church

Are you one of those people who like to have a little spiritual nourishment on vacation? Then don't miss this impressive church, which was named a World Heritage Site in 1982 and includes architecture in both the Gothic and Baroque styles.

Priory Church

Plaza España, 11500 El Puerto de Santa Maria

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Free entry.

Los Toruños Natural Park

A beautiful nature reserve that was created to protect and preserve the area's ecological heritage. Perfect for those who want some action and adventure - climb up one of the lookout towers and make your way around the site via the many wooden bridges.

Los Toruños Natural Park

Last edited: March 8, 2018

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