Apartamento Francos – Jerez

 

Jerez – Classic, Passionate & Uniquely Spanish

 

The heartbeat of Jerez with FREE private parking and WIFI

The Phoenicians arrived to the area of Cadiz some 3,000 years ago, they established a colony called Xera, which became known as Ceret under the rule of the Romans, and Sheres or Xeres when it became an Arabic fortress.

Under the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, the prosperous trading of its famous wines with the English began. The Muslims left a deep mark on the town, including the layout of the quarters situated at the heart of the old Arabic city town centre.

 

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This property is registered in the Registry of Tourism of Andalusia.

Tourist license number: VFT/CA/01215

 

 

 

 

Jerez, immerse yourself in the local culture

Flamenco is just luring in the air in Jerez, its part of the fabric of the place.

 

W ithout doubt Jerez is one of the most wonderful towns in Spain, enjoy your stay, you’ll find the Spain you didn’t know you were looking for. After the discovery of America, Jerez became one of the most important cities in Spain and the wine industry prospered. However there was a crisis at the start of the 20th century when the vines were destroyed by the phylloxera disease. They replanted their fields with American vines and industry was diversified. Today the wines and sherry of Jerez are known all over the world. The city centre is built around plaza after plaza, each street lined with heavily laden orange trees and Jacarandas.

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This apartment is one of 15 fairly new constructed units incorporating the original façade fronting in Calle Francos, one of the prominent pedestrian streets in the old quarter of Jerez. Upon arrival, you will see the meaning of the saying; ‘kissing balconies’ because of how narrow the streets are! Jerez is an easy town to walk around as motor transport is circled around the pedestrian areas.

The apartment has been rebuilt in andalusian style and is now available for holiday rentals. It is situated on the first floor accessed through a patio and marble staircase. All rooms have balconies over looking Calle Francos and there is an internal terrace outside the apartment entrance. 


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Jerez is a fine example of an Andalusian city that has not been spoilt by over development or too much tourism. It has many attractions within easy reach including the white villages, the sherry/brandy bodegas, the Costa de la Luz beaches, the white dancing Andalusian horses, the city plazas, a local market and numerous tapas bars and restaurants that go with the relaxed Spanish lifestyle. Cadiz and Seville are within easy reach by car or train and Gibraltar can be reached by car in 1h 15m. For the adventurous a day trip to Tangier from Tarifa is also possible.

 

The Apartment in Detail

 

DISTRIBUTION

 

APARTMENT LAYOUT

Open plan lounge with wooden floors / dinning area with dinning table and seating for 6 plus two comfortable sofas.

A wide hatch from the kitchen to the dining area gives an open plan effect.

The two bedrooms, one double and one twin are spacious and have plenty of hanging and drawer space.

The bathroom has a modern low level WC, bidet and bath with shower. There is plenty of linen with summer and winter duvets, towels, beach towels and a hair dryer. 

SECOND FLOOR

Hall way with wooden floors. Double bedroom with made to measure bed and built in wardrobe wooden floored. Roof terrace with seating, wash basin and shower

FACILITIES

 

APARTMENT DETAILS

The kitchen is fully equipped with electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, electric kettle, washing machine, iron and ironing board and plenty of cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and glasses.

The open plan lounge/dining room has 2 large sofas, a flat screen TV (Satellite BBC world service, CNN etc as well as Spanish, French, German and other language programmes), DVD player, radio CD player. WIFI and bookshelf with books, DVD’s and local information.

 

 

The Area –  Jerez de la Frontera

 

Jerez, is without doubt one of the most wonderful towns in Spain, enjoy your stay, you’ll find the Spain you didn’t know you were looking for.

Even at the end of October it is hot, 29c during the days. This is a wonderful dry heat, one is quite comfortable strolling and exploring. This is a town that is proud of itself.
Jerez de la Frontera is built around plaza after plaza, each street lined with heavily laden orange trees and Jacarandas. The dimensions and scale of the town are perfectly proportioned and serve as a great contrast the the medieval tone of Cadiz.. Jerez is in part a planned city with haphazard side-streets but one can see that some of the civic planning of the Romans, and after them the Moors, has survived. The town is old, we are looking at much that survived more than 1000 years. The eleventh century Alcazar is worth a visit and so is the small but useful Archeological Museum in the Plaza Mercado. Even if you aren’t interested in pre-history or the Roman and Moorish remains, or even the 7th Century Persian helmet, just savour a perfect building that completely recaptures the spirit of a Roman villa with its internal courtyards and cool marble floors. Jerez Cathedral

Opposite the Alcazar they are refurbishing an old warehouse as apartments and as you wander the barrios of Jerez one becomes aware of how important history is to the town and how sympathetic the architects are to the past when they design even new buildings within the old walls.
Jerez is full of pavement cafes, the waiters and waitresses are friendly and helpful, the town is welcoming everywhere you go. If it is too hot for you, find a shady open spot outside a cafe and try some of the wonderful tapas and sherry.

Everywhere you turn in Jerez you will find something elegant, another little plaza you missed, always a bank. I have never seen so many banks in one town. For shopping the Calle Larga is the avenue for you, cutting through the centre of town, and paved but more recently, American style commercial centres have been built on the outskirts near the hospital and are amongst the biggest in Spain. This is one town that has at least realised that cars can be kept out of the centre.

Of course Jerez means sherry and you can’t avoid the bodegas or the sherry producers. Harveys is right by the station, but the prettiest and most central is Gonzalez Byass. Even if you don’t like sherry, it’s worth looking around or taking at least one tour and don’t forget to sample the Jerez brandy which is surprisingly smooth and easy to swallow. Wine towns are always civilised and Jerez is no exception. The commercial streets are wide and tree lined, the barrios are low scale, filled with houses that hide the courtyards within.

Jerez is very much a town in transition. There are simple delights, discovering at the intersection beside St Domingo’s Church (1264) the delightful arbour covered street of Porvera. 1264 is a key date as this is when the town was taken back from the Moors.

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The Moors left Jerez a long time ago. Alfonso X the Wise still has a monument to his victory over it. Like Sevilla, Jerez was a town ruled by the Moors, who showed remarkable tolerance for others, letting Christians and Jews alone for the most part. From the quantity of evidence of archeological remains, Jerez went through a building boom in the eleventh century and again, the sixteenth where many churches have been built on the site of old mosques. It pretty much froze at that level and size for the next four hundred years and thus was saved the ravages of ‘progress’. The town feels relaxed and in summer the siesta is taken seriously, as it gets to be pretty hot here.

There are two other reasons to come to Jerez, Flamenco and dancing horses. Flamenco began its revival here and now people come from all over the world to study in the old traditions here. You can find out more in the Centro Andaluz de Flamenco in the hard to find Plaza de San Juan. The best Flamenco flares up in different places around the town and and on weekends performers often go to Sevilla to entertain there. After the attraction of Flamenco, the horse has place of honour here and on Thursdays at noon you can see the best equestrian skills on show at the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art Avda, Duque de Abrantes.

 

 

 

The Region – Cadiz Province / Costa de la Luz

 

Situated in the South-Western province of Cadiz—the heart of Spain’s sherry region—Arcos was declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location. The old town is a tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets and alleys that lead up to the churches of Santa Maria de la Asuncion and San Pedro. From the square at the top, there are spectacular views of the Andalusian countryside.A 20 minute drive from Arcos, you will find Jerez de la Frontera—renowned for its sherry and brandy production, as well as its fine horses and Flamenco. The town also dates back to Moorish times and has a charming old town and palm lined squares. Jerez is also famous for Flamenco, and the flamenco festival of Jerez at the end of February is one of the most important in the world.

November 2009 - Zahara de la Sierra 044 Another 20 minutes to the West, and you reach Costa de la Luz—200 miles of unspoilt coast line and shimmering white beaches. There are plenty of spots along the coast between Puerto de Santa Maria and Tarifa. You can always find good seafood and tapas restaurants too up and down the coast. Like Arcos, there are many other Pueblos Blancos throughout the province, which share a history involving the centuries-long fight of the Spaniards to reconquer Spain. Medina Sidonia, Vejer de la Frontera, Olvera and Grazalema are but a few worth visiting. Or travel further East to the town of Ronda, the birthplace of modern bull fighting. Along the way, you will pass through the beautiful countryside of Grazalema – a 50,000 hectare protected natural park. There is lots to do if you are looking for an active holiday: from walking to horse riding, to learning to paraglide, wind or kite surf. The main cities in the area are Seville – an easy 60 minute drive away, and Cadiz on the coast.