My most recent visit to the places below (Jerez to Sanlucar) was on the ‘Marie Claire’ sherry trail – a brief driving holiday I’d read about in the mag. I did the trip over 5 nights, which is fine in terms of getting round, but you could easily stay much longer, with a few more days in each place. The other obvious addition is Cadiz – we popped in for a sundowner, but didn’t stay overnight.

Jerez de la Frontera

La Fonda Barranco – slightly tricky to find (it’s on a small back alley behind the police station and very near to the cathedral), this is a stylish restored merchant’s house with an elegant, minimalist style. The owner, David Murray, is a mine of information on the area and serves a great breakfast on the hotel’s tranquil roof terrace.

Bar Albala – modern, quite trendy. Lovely food in tapas style, some traditional, some more experimental. You can eat either at tables or perched up at the bar. Impressive wine selection.


 Hotel Escondite del Viento – laidback, modernist. Incorporates the town’s infamous wind into its name (literally, ‘the wind’s hiding place’) and hands out wind forecasts to guests each

Vejer de la Frontera

Hotel Casa del Califa – gorgeous Middle eastern style food in a beautiful garden or inside the underground restaurant. Also a boutique hotel – I’m sure I’ve stayed there before, a long time ago, and it was very comfortable. A unique place.

Convento de San Francisco – stayed here on my most recent visit. Great location on a central square, comfortable rooms. But the restaurant area is drab and in need of refurbishment, so have breakfast elsewhere. An institutional, bureaucratic feel but a very atmospheric building. (For the Convento deSan Francisco, where we stayed in Vejer)

Sanlucar de Barrameda

Posada de Palacio – a very odd but sumptuous place to stay,  this is an old palace. Feels a bit like staying in a museum and it is a bit creaky and dusty in places, but renovations were going on when we were there, it has a faded luxury about it and I’d definitely stay there again. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and retain their original style with modern comforts like underfloor heating added.

Bodegas Pedro Romero – one of the town’s many sherry ‘factories’, open for visits at set times. This one also has a self-guided tour, which we did: you are given a map and brief guide, plus a key to open some of the massive doors that open out from the bodega on to the street. Price includes a tasting of the different types of sherry at the end. Well worth doing.

El Inesperado – a great beach bar with lots of fish, cold beer and sherry and a prime spot on the sands with views across to the National Park.


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