Jerez de la Frontera is a town in the Spanish region of Andalusia, near the Costa de la Luz. It has 210 861 inhabitants (1 January 2011) and belongs to the province of Cadiz. Jerez is the birthplace of the famous sherry, which in Spanish (vino) Jerez means. The common word in other languages Sherry comes from the ancient pronunciation of the name of the city of Xerez (pronounced Scherez), resulting from the Arabic name of the city, Sherish derived. When the British came to know the fortified wine from Jerez, nor the old sound booth was received from them the word “sherry” ableiteten what has been preserved to this day.
From 1986 to 1990, 1994 and 1997 took place at the Circuito de Jerez Formula 1 races held, and today the course is a very popular test track. The Spanish Grand Prix of the World Motorcycle Championship, held annually on the slopes attracts more than 200,000 spectators regularly. Jerez is the world famous Royal Andalusian Riding School.
Every year in late February / early March, the renowned Flamenco Festival (Festival de Jerez) instead. In mid-May followed by a rider and horse festival (Feria del caballo). In September a festival, the autumn festivals (fiestas de otoño). One of the most famous attractions is the Alcázar.