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Introducing Jerez de la Frontera

Stand down all other claimants. Jerez, as most savvy Spain-o-philes know, is Andalucía. It just doesn’t broadcast the fact in the way that Seville and Granada do. As a result, few people plan their trip around a visit here, preferring instead to jump-cut to the glories of the Giralda and the Alhambra. If only they knew. Jerez is the capital of Andaluz horse culture, stop one on the famed sherry triangle and – cue the protestations from Cádiz and Seville – the cradle of Spanish flamenco. The bulería, Jerez’ jokey, tongue-in-cheek antidote to Seville’s tragic soleá was first concocted in the legendary Roma barrios of Santiago and San Miguel. If you really want to unveil the eternal riddle that is Andalucía, start here.