Alcázar de Jerez de la Frontera

Alcázar de Jerez de la Frontera

Alcázar de Jerez de la Frontera
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  • sfmann106
    Colchester, United Kingdom1,114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit, free for an hour on Monday lunchtimes
    A must see attraction in the heart of the town and free for an hour slot on Mondays at lunchtime (before it closes in the afternoon). This gave us just enough time for a speedy wander around the courtyards and walls, rooms, gardens, etc to give an overview of the fortress. Was part of the main town walls in earlier times and now preserved just as the alcazar and remaining parts of the wall here (other parts of the walls are still visible elsewhere in town). You could spend longer here, so if you didn't want to be rushed maybe pick a time to suit you and pay the entrance fee to go round at your leisure, as plenty to see. There is also a museum but we ran out of time other than a very quick whizz up the stairs to see the upstairs rooms. I believe there is also a camera obscura, which I suspect you'd need to book to visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Johnwpf
    Southborough, United Kingdom537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem of a fortress
    I went on a Sunday morning in October and there were very few people there. It has buildings of different eras from the moorish through to the renaissance. The moorish mosque is delightful. An unadorned, eight sided dome with an oculus. The later Spanish added a Christian alter but it does not detract. There are baths, a water cistern, lovely gardens and ramparts to climb. Well worth an hour or two of your time.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Andrew W
    21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moorish buildings and gardens
    Restored buildings and gardens. Information boards in English, .help you understand the different parts of the old fortress and palace. Low entrance fee, well worth an hour after the horse show.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Rachel J
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit!
    Perfect place to go after a performance at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Staff very friendly and only cost €1.80 as a student to visit. Nice view of the city from the walls and lovely to wander round. Managed to see everything in the hour I had to visit. Worth dropping by when in Jerez!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 6, 2024
  • mrstraveller1
    York, United Kingdom2,091 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Worth a Visit
    I thought this was well worth the entrance fee of €5. The Alcazar is small & unthrilling when compared to the likes of Cordoba, Seville etc, but interesting enough to justify the time & cost. It has the added bonus of delightful gardens, as well as terrific views over the city from the towers. It’s also in the centre of town, just a few minutes walk from the Cathedral.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 9, 2024
  • Jo B
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent fortress. Well worth a visit
    Great value only €5 entry. Not massive so it’s not too daunting. Very interesting olive press. Lovely architecture and good history eg hamman baths. Little garden. Viewing points. Sadly no gift shop or postcards
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 27, 2024
  • Gab Z
    Liverpool, United Kingdom47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and interesting
    Well worth a visit if you find yourself in Jerez. We preferred our time here to anything else in town. Very reasonably priced, well looked after and plenty of historical information around without detracting from the architecture. It was very quiet when we went and much nicer for it.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2024
  • permia
    62,020 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous picture of former life
    With a first bastion dating from around 1000s it expanded down the centuries to the fabulous complex we enjoy today. Over an expansive area are beautiful restful gardens, water features and grand rooms. It was great strolling amongst the turrets taking in fine vistas of the cityscapes. A great sculpture of a family of horses is strikingly dynamic. More art is within, including one showing the Martyrdom of St Justa & St Rufina, two revered saints in Andalusia. A highlight on the upper floor is a great pharmacy with its portions and medicinal products in traditional containers.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
  • Paula H
    South Wales, United Kingdom150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely pay the extra for the Camera Obscura
    Really helpful audio guide which is included in the ticket prize. A lovely place to wander around for an hour or two. We included the Camera Obscura in our tour which was BRILLIANT. Never seen one working before and I was blown away.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 11, 2024
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David T
Dorchester, UK526 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Loved the simplicity, intelligent restorations and access by ramps and boardwalks except where stairs are the only option.

Spectacular views from the ramparts, battlements and towers. Very reasonable price, especially for seniors, made the visit very worthwhile.

However, we were turned away from the camera obscura at 12,30 as the numbers were full. 13.30 was advertised and having arrived at 13.20 in good time, waited for another 15 minutes only to be told, only when I asked, that the performance ‘is not real’. Said assistant cleared desk and scuttled off leaving a dozen disappointed customers.
Written September 8, 2022
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David D
Devon, UK25,290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Saturday 14th May and we visited the City of Jerez where this ancient Alcazar (Spanish palace or fortress of Moorish origin) is located in the heart of the City. It is only a 200 metre walk from the Cathedral.

This is a mighty impressive yellow/orange stone Palace with turrets, towers and crenellations. Sadly, due to time constraints we did not have sufficient time to visit the inside of the Alcazar. We did stick our noses through the main gate into the massive courtyard, it gave us a flavour of the place.

We did stroll around the Almeda Vieja, gardens, which run along the outer walls of the Alcazar. It was an opportunity to see some more of the extraordinary palace.

There is an entrance fee here.

It was deservedly designated as a Spanish Property of Cultural Interest in 1931
Written September 30, 2022
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paul0d1963
Edinburgh, UK54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Wasn’t expecting much as had never heard of this particular Alcazar. How wrong I was. It’s beautiful, ghostly, so many original features still there and uncovering more through the restoration. The olive press machines, hammam baths and cistern are amazing to be in. The QR audio is good too. Pity the camera obscura was closed but didn’t detract from the overall visit.
Written December 13, 2022
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Artem
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Nice historical place. In old town. Taste a Glases of Jeres- you are on the homelands Jeres !! In the evening in city center many activities and fun- some band, children theatres . Lots of food and vine.
Written November 15, 2020
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KH11001
Cannon Beach, OR179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Jerez de la Frontera is wise to invest in the preservation and presentation of this gem. One of the best (free) audio tours we have used in Andalucía. It conveys a great deal about the history and landscape of the region.
Written January 13, 2023
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Johnwpf
Southborough, UK537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I went on a Sunday morning in October and there were very few people there. It has buildings of different eras from the moorish through to the renaissance. The moorish mosque is delightful. An unadorned, eight sided dome with an oculus. The later Spanish added a Christian alter but it does not detract. There are baths, a water cistern, lovely gardens and ramparts to climb. Well worth an hour or two of your time.
Written October 15, 2023
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permia
Ireland62,020 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
With a first bastion dating from around 1000s it expanded down the centuries to the fabulous complex we enjoy today.

Over an expansive area are beautiful restful gardens, water features and grand rooms. It was great strolling amongst the turrets taking in fine vistas of the cityscapes.

A great sculpture of a family of horses is strikingly dynamic. More art is within, including one showing the Martyrdom of St Justa & St Rufina, two revered saints in Andalusia.

A highlight on the upper floor is a great pharmacy with its portions and medicinal products in traditional containers.
Written April 17, 2024
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mrstraveller1
York, UK2,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I thought this was well worth the entrance fee of €5. The Alcazar is small & unthrilling when compared to the likes of Cordoba, Seville etc, but interesting enough to justify the time & cost. It has the added bonus of delightful gardens, as well as terrific views over the city from the towers. It’s also in the centre of town, just a few minutes walk from the Cathedral.
Written February 10, 2024
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OnAir428287
United Kingdom3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This was a very interesting visit. Everything has been well restored and presented. Definitely worth a visit. Worth paying extra for the camera obscura which gave a great view across Jerez and was well explained.
Written May 5, 2023
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sfmann106
Colchester, UK1,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A must see attraction in the heart of the town and free for an hour slot on Mondays at lunchtime (before it closes in the afternoon). This gave us just enough time for a speedy wander around the courtyards and walls, rooms, gardens, etc to give an overview of the fortress. Was part of the main town walls in earlier times and now preserved just as the alcazar and remaining parts of the wall here (other parts of the walls are still visible elsewhere in town). You could spend longer here, so if you didn't want to be rushed maybe pick a time to suit you and pay the entrance fee to go round at your leisure, as plenty to see. There is also a museum but we ran out of time other than a very quick whizz up the stairs to see the upstairs rooms. I believe there is also a camera obscura, which I suspect you'd need to book to visit.
Written July 15, 2023
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