We reached Jerez de la Frontera, parked next to a Carrefour, where we did some shopping and then walked into the centre from there.
At the main square, the friendly lady at the tourist office handed us a map and all the opening times. She couldn’t sell us tickets for the riding school but recommended to book them online. We walked through the little streets and visited the big cathedral.
Main square of Jerez
Catedral San Salvador
In the afternoon, we went to one of the famous Sherry and Brandy Bodegas – Gonzalez-Byass, well known for its brand Tio Pepe.
Bodega of Gonzalez – Byass
The happy mice of Jerez
One of the stories we were told, was that the cellar master not only shared his bread with the mice, but also gave them some Sherry to try, which they enjoyed. Since then there is always a glass of Sherry with a small ladder on the floor, so that the mice also get their share.
once a street of Jerez, now part of the bodega
a little train took us through the vast area of the bodega
For the night, we left the noisy parking in the city and drove to the race track of Jerez. Edi knows it well from racing his motorbike on this track, but this time we just used the empty parking for the night.
See Edi riding his Suzuki 600 one lap on the Jerez race track …
We had bought our tickets for the riding school and the next morning, we drove into town again. We easily found a parking, maybe because it was a holiday.
Palacio de las Cadenas at the riding school
The “Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art” is devoted to conserving the ancestral abilities of the Andalusian horse, maintaining the classical traditions of Spanish baroque horsemanship.
The show was impressive and we enjoyed it a lot. The jumps, steps and movements they get the horses to do is beautiful to watch and a form of art.
flower of the day
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