Jerez, the origins of flamenco
In the 17th century, some Gypsy families abandon their nomadic lifestyle and settle in the neighborhoods of Santiago and San Miguel in Jerez of the Frontera. Since then, the streets of this district witnessed the birth and the careers of many stars of flamenco as Manuel Molina, Antonio Chacón, La Paquera, Lola Flores, José Mercé, Terremoto or Antonio Ríos Fernández El Pipa. The neighborhoods of Santiago and San Miguel sweat Flamenco, with their bars.
The style of flamenco has evolved during the 19th century and is based on the music and the traditional dances of Andalusia, whose origins date back to ancient times. However, flamenco is not Andalusian folklore (like on the Seguidillas, Sevillanas, Fandangos, Verdiales, Trovos, Chacarra or El Vito) but essentially a form of performing arts. Jerez is considered to be the cradle of flamenco.
Jerez, the tradition of tapas
The Andalusian cuisine has many influences from other cultures and incorporated in their own way. More than the sumptuous meal, the gastronomy of Andalusia is distinguished by its culture of tapas. Typical foods of Jerez de La Frontera are Lao campero, el Pascualina, chicharrones, rinones al jerez, dads, berza Jerezana and alcauciles al jerez con choco. Jerez is also the ideal place for spirits such as Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso.
Jerez, a very rich architecture
Jerez has an incredible architectural legacy. In addition to the Cathedral and Alcazar, the Palace of the Moors, one can visit the medieval city center and the various churches of the "Reconquista". Arenal and Plateros courts offer the perfect opportunity to take a short break before exploring the medieval quarters of San Miguel and Santiago, where there are many lively bars and cafes terraces with shops.