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A week in Jerez??

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A week in Jerez??

Hi,

I'm thinking of going to Jerez for a week at the end of June, mainly for sun (there seem to be some lovely hotels there with good sized pools), some relaxed eating and drinking (good tapas bars?) and also, and importantly, to listen to some flamenco guitarists.

So my questions are: are there many tapas bars, is there much in the way of live music in bars, and finally is a week too long?

(I was thinking of Seville but the hotel/pool/relaxation part is very important at this point).

Many thanks for your help.

London, United...
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1. Re: A week in Jerez??

Certainly you will have sun and the hotels are great. The tapas bars tend to be fairly standard ones and mainly centred in the central and older areas perhaps some walk though from a good hotel with pool. There are some Flamenco venues for mainly tourists that are good - I think 3 at the last count - and of course other venues however some knowledge of Spanish is helpful to get around. Also do a 'search' in the box above for more ideas about flamenco. Hopefully chano who lives in Jerez may have some better information. To see plenty of different flamenco styles the best time is during the annual festival in Feb/March time but of course you may not find the hotel pool opened however it can be very pleasant weather during the day time.

Perhaps you could combine a few days in Jerez with some in Cadiz as these cities are easily linked by train so you do not need a car. Between Jerez and Cadiz is El Puerto de Santa Maria which is a very popular town in high summer with again easy connections with Jerez and Cadiz. At Cadiz you do have an excellent beach which is beginning to be populated at end of June especially at weekends.

London
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2. Re: A week in Jerez??

Cadiz_lover, thank you for such a prompt reply, that's a great help, and a trip to Cadiz would be a definite part of my itinerary. Thank you.

Montejaque, Spain
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3. Re: A week in Jerez??

One person´s opinion of the various peñas in Jerez, but an informed opinion just the same.

http://www.houseinjerez.com/flamenco.html

I confess to having a weakness for the Peña Tio José de Paula. However, since that is the only peña in Jerez that I have visited (been 3 times), that´s not much to go on :-)

Edited: 12:21 pm, May 13, 2012
Montejaque, Spain
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4. Re: A week in Jerez??

It may be too early for some events to appear online but it is worth bookmarking these two websites.

http://www.guiaflama.com/

Although it is in Spanish, click on AGENDA for the programme nearer the date.

This website is in English, and therefore self-explanatory.

http://www.deflamenco.com/indexi.jsp?cambio=e

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5. Re: A week in Jerez??

A week in Jerez, you are so close to Arcos, it would be a shame not to go for at least a half of a day anyway. A very beautiful and fun town to visit, good luck and have fun. Hubie

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6. Re: A week in Jerez??

Hubie - you are so right ! Getting to Arcos without a car is a doddle. Get to the bus station (next to the train station in Jerez) and take the bus going to Jerez ! You can either use : http://www.cmtbc.es/ to find more info about transport but in Spanish or use one of the main bus operators who go from Jerez to Arcos : LOS AMIRILLOS. Don't put a date too far ahead though ! You can get ideas of times by just looking for the day of the week for the current period :

http://www.losamarillos.es/venta/busqueda.jsp

Pay the driver...I think its about €1.50 and enjoy the ride out taking about 35 minutes.

Once at Arcos bus station you do have options. Either walk. Or look out for a micro bus that stops here about every 30 minutes and goes right through the old town and back again. In fact if you don't like walking try this round trip ! It is Line 1 on this page by the way :

symnet.es/ayto/…arcos-transportes

If you feel like walking through the town until out the other end at Barrio Bajo, you could always take this bus back to the bus station or the other Barrio Bajo shown on the same web page. It will eventually return you to the bus station - see Linea del Barrio Bajo. Fare is 80 cents I think.

London
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7. Re: A week in Jerez??

Thank you both - I'd never heard of Arcos but it sounds great and so easy to get to, definitely worth a visit. Can't wait. Cheers!

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