Jerez de la Frontera is a pleasant town in the wonderful Spanish region of Andalusia, where you can breath the traditional Spanish atmosphere. Together with Cadiz, Jerez is one of the most ancient European cities from the cultural point of view, thanks to the combination of European and Arab roots.
Jerez de la Frontera is famous all over the world thanks to its sherry production and also for the horses that are bred in the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, based in this city. With its more than 300 days a year of sunshine, Jerez is one of the most sunny cities in Spain, which makes the city the ideal starting point to visit the beautiful beaches of the wonderful Costa de la Luz or one of the characteristic white villages surrounding the city, where you can participate in one of the many music festivals or bull fights organised every year.
The Horse Exhibition (Feria del Caballo), in May, is one of the most famous and colourful festival in Andalusia. It is a celebration of the richness that made Jerez famous all over the world: sherry, flamenco, bull fights and the traditional dancing horses.
The Holy Week (Semana Santa) is another perfect period to visit Jerez de la Frontera: at night (or in late afternoon), the cofradías (religious brotherhoods) walk in procession trough the city, holding the famous pasos (statues representing the life of Jesus and the Virgin Mary), accompanied by people dressed in the typical costumes of this celebration (colours are different according to the brotherhood). These processions attract believers and tourists, who really appreciate the religious fervour of the participants and the charm of the perfect synchronisation of the steps of those who hold the heavy pasos.
Jerez de la Frontera has an airport, where many European low-cost airlines and Iberia fly (if you arrive at this airport, the school offers free transfer). You can also choose to arrive at Seville airport (where you can take the train – it takes about one hour) or Malaga (there are no direct connections from this airport to Malaga, you have to change train at Santa Justa train station in Seville). For more information, visit www.renfe.com.
If you prefer, the school can book for you the transfer to and from the airport (it will normally charge a deposit).