Castillo de Jerez de los Caballeros


Jerez' 13th-century castle was built by the Templars, who refused to lay down arms when the order was suppressed, and came to a sticky end. You can wander around at will, but it's basically just the impressive walls that are preserved, with pretty gardens dotted around.

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1. Iglesia de San Miguel

0.08 MILES

One of numerous exquisite churches sprinkled around Jerez de los Caballeros, the 15th-century Iglesia de San Miguel dominates the main plaza. Its…

2. Iglesia de Santa María

12.1 MILES

This (much reworked) 13th-century church is attached to Fregenal de la Sierra's castle. It's mainly intriguing for its 18th-century baroque altarpieces,…

3. Castillo Templario

12.11 MILES

Blessed with fine panoramas from its elevated walls, Fregenal de la Sierra's 13th-century castle houses a grand 18th-century bullring. Enter through the…

4. Castillo de Feria

17.42 MILES

Built from a preexisting Moorish fort by the powerful local Feria house, Feria's impeccably revamped 15th-century castle enjoys spectacular panoramas in…

5. Puerta de Jerez

20.35 MILES

Guarding the western entry point to the old town is the Puerta de Jerez, part of Zafra's 15th-century wall.

6. Plaza Chica

20.41 MILES

Connected to Plaza Grande via a short walk under the arches, Plaza Chica is surrounded by terrazas (open-air cafes).

7. Plaza Grande

20.44 MILES

The Plaza Grande and the adjoining Plaza Chica are both beautifully arcaded and ideal for soaking up Zafra life. The southwestern end of Plaza Grande,…

8. Iglesia de la Candelaria

20.46 MILES

This 16th-century church is worth a look for its fine altarpieces, featuring works by Francisco de Zurbarán.