Jerez de la Frontera is a hidden gem in Andalusia known as the birthplace and the world capital of fortified wine – sherry. If you get to visit this charming Andalusian town then here are some of the coolest and most unique Instagram photo spots in Jerez de la Frontera!
In this blog post, you will find all the places with descriptions, photos, and locations where they can be found on Google Maps. We loved exploring bodegas, centuries-old churches, and cathedrals, and walking the narrow cobblestone streets of the Old Town! Happy exploring!
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1. Alley of the Blind or Calle Ciegos – one of the most beautiful streets in Spain!
One of the most special and beautiful Instagram spots in Jerez de la Frontera is Calle Ciegos or the Alley of the Blind. It is a narrow vine-leave-covered street with a view of the Cathedral of Jerez de la Frontera at the end of the street.
We visited this place in spring when the leaves were not in full bloom yet, however, we got a great view of the cathedral. In a couple of weeks – sometime around May – the street will look like a tunnel when the leaves come out.
This street was once a public street. It was named Calle Ciegos or the Alley of the Blind because this was once a usual gathering place for poor and blind people who would beg for money from churchgoers. The street was a regular route to go to the church.
However, it is not publicly accessible today. After the famous González Byass sherry and wine bodega expanded, the municipality allowed this street to be included in their territory. You can only access it if you go on a tour to González Byass bodegas.
We did exactly that to get here. You can join this sherry winery and tasting tour or you can check out also some other tours and visits on their website. We crossed this street during the sherry tour however we also came back here after the tasting to do some photos.
I would guess that you can visit Calle Ciegos street if you go to the Restaurante Pedro Nolasco restaurant or if you stay at their hotel – Hotel Bodega Tio Pepe. Both of those belong to the company and are inside their territory (the restaurant is right next to Calle Ciegos).
2. The dark cellars of Jerez de la Fronteras’ bodegas
Jerez de la Frontera is world-famous as the world capital of the fortified wine – sherry. It is the birthplace of this popular drink. And the area around Jerez de la Frontera is the only place where it is allowed to produce sherry.
Even though we are not into this drink, we wanted to know more so we joined a guided tour to Bodega Tio Pepe. I honestly have no idea if this is the best bodega in town, but it is quite iconic with a long history and it was the closest bodega to our apartment, so we came here.
Another plus was visiting the famous Calle Ciegas street which is located inside the territory of this bodega. There are tours in Spanish, English, and German that will take you through the territory and show you how the process of producing wine and sherry is done.
The best part of the tour was visiting the storage cellars of sherry and wine barrels. They are dark, and gloomy and have a rich and sweet smell inside them. Truly a fantastic experience! Hearing how much effort is put into each bottle made me appreciate the art of creating such drinks.
My favorite part was admiring the different sizes, shapes, colors, and ages of the oak barrels. Feels like stepping back in time! There was one hall with barrels signed by all the famous visitors to this bodega – from royalty to Hollywood and back. So cool!
I think those dark cellars with oak barrels are amongst the best Instagram photo spots in Jerez de la Frontera and are definitely a must-do here. These bodegas are the essence of the town so definitely try to visit one!
Location: Bodega Tio Pepe
3. Cathedral of Jerez de la Frontera
Once you get to Jerez de la Frontera it is impossible to miss the gigantic cathedral. It is a stunning 17th-century building that was built above the Great Mosque of Jerez.
It is very common in Andalusian cities to build churches and cathedrals on top of previous mosques or simply turn mosques into churches.
The Cathedral of Jerez is a combination of Baroque, Gothic, and Neoclassical styles. It has very distinct shapes on the roof and a beautiful dome.
The most unusual thing is that it has a separate bell tower. It is a separate building standing a few meters away from the church.
The Cathedral of Jerez was one of my favorite Instagram spots in Jerez de la Frontera. It is a beautiful church with many unique angles for amazing photos.
Definitely walk around the cathedral to see it from all sides! I think we walked around it about three or four times during our stay! 🙂
Location: Cathedral of Jerez de la Frontera
4. Torre de la Catedral and the interior of the Cathedral of Jerez
Amongst the most beautiful places in Jerez de la Frontera is the interior of the cathedral. You can enter the cathedral for a fee of 7 EUR (see timetables and prices here).
Here you can explore the cathedral, and all the hidden corners (like the Treasury) AND climb up to the Tower of the Cathedral to see the city from above!
I loved exploring the cathedral with its majestic columns, sculptures, glass mosaics, altars, and ‘secret’ treasures (where you can’t take photos).
The most interesting part was those rooms that are usually left for the priests and workers of the church. However, here you can see all the back rooms behind the main hall!
After exploring the cathedral you can climb up to the tower of the cathedral. It is very unique as it stands separately from the church. Most often you see the tower connected to the church.
The tower was also built in a place where there was a minaret of a mosque. This is something very typical you can see all over Andalusia.
When the Spanish forces reclaimed the rule of the territory, the mosques were re-designed into cathedrals or destroyed and rebuilt as churches.
Location: Torre de la Catedral
5. Claustros de Santo Domingo
Claustros de Santo Domingo is one of my favorite hidden gems in Jerez de la Frontera. The building was a 13th-century cloister built in Gothic and Mudejar styles.
Today it is the municipal property and holds different exhibitions and other events. The building has opening hours however the entrance to see the building and the inner courtyard is free.
When we visited there were just a few people inside and I suppose not many tourists would know about this place as it is a bit further away from the heart of the historic center.
However, I can say that this was my favorite hidden gem and definitely among my favorite Instagram spots in Jerez de la Frontera.
Visit to this building will only take about 10-15 minutes as the courtyard is not too big and you can walk around it quite quickly.
Definitely pay a visit to see this beautiful architecture if you happen to be nearby! It feels like stepping back in time for sure!
Location: Claustros de Santo Domingo
6. Plaza de la Asunción
Plaza de la Asunción is one of the most beautiful squares in Jerez de la Frontera. It is located in the historic center right in front of the 15th-century Real Iglesia De San Dionisio Areopagita church.
However, my favorite thing about this square is the central sculpture – a monument to the Virgin of the Assumption located right in the center of the Plaza de la Asunción. It has a very detailed design and beautiful ornaments on top of it.
Location: Plaza de la Asunción
7. Alcázar de Jerez de la Frontera
One of the must-do things in Jerez de la Frontera is visiting Alcázar de Jerez de la Frontera. It is a fortified complex with a castle, a mosque, gardens, Arab baths, and a tower with amazing city views.
The entrance fee to this place was only 5 EUR but you can spend at least 1-2 hours wandering around the complex. It is very well-preserved and well-maintained.
Probably my favorite place inside the walls was the little mosque. Obviously, it is not functioning anymore and it is a very small one, however, I absolutely loved the architecture there.
The mosque was definitely one of my favorite Instagram spots in Jerez de la Frontera as well. With many brick archways and symmetrical designs, you will definitely find a cool spot here to take a photo!
Another favorite was the tower where you can climb up to see the city from above. Right next to it were the Arab baths. If you still haven’t been in those, definitely check them out. It is fascinating to see how the bathing system worked many centuries ago.
Location: Alcázar de Jerez de la Frontera
8. Iglesia de San Miguel
The Cathedral of Jerez de la Frontera is not the only beautiful church in the city. I definitely think that Iglesia de San Miguel also deserves some attention.
It has a stunning Gothic facade and looks beautiful everywhere you look, so I recommend walking around the church to see it from all sides.
Unfortunately, the church was closed so we could not see it from the inside but I guess it must be stunning. There are two cool Instagram photo spots of the church if you look at it from the nearby streets.
You can get a great view from Calle Santa Cecilia (first photo) and from Calle San Miguel (second photo). Just be careful while taking photos as these streets and also the square in front of the church are open to transportation. There were quite a few cars passing by the church when we were there.
Location: Iglesia de San Miguel
9. Estación de Jerez de la Frontera
One of the coolest hidden gems in Jerez de la Frontera is the building and the facade of the railway station. If you happen to be in this area, definitely walk by this building!
This was the exact place where the first railway line in Andalusia was inaugurated in 1854. It connected Jerez de la Frontera and El Puerto de Santa de María seaside town.
The main motivation behind the railway line was the necessity to ship barrels of wine from Jerez de la Frontera to port and then to the United Kingdom.
However, this unique building was constructed in 1930. The beautiful facade of the railway station shows a combination of bricks, stone, colorful tiles, and iron.
The architect of this building was the famous Aníbal González – one of the authors of the world-famous Plaza de España in Seville (another must-see place in Andalusia!).
The illustrations on the tiles depict different stories and historical personalities from the past. The building has three arch-shaped entrances and many columns.
Definitely pay a visit to this building inside as the design and the architecture (and especially the tiles!) are just as impressive as the outside! This building was one of my favorite finds in Jerez de la Frontera!
Location: Estación de Jerez de la Frontera
10. Plaza del Arenal
Plaza del Arenal is the central square in Jerez de la Frontera. You will see many restaurants, shops, and people just socializing and relaxing around this area. All the main attractions in Jerez de la Frontera are within walking distance from this square.
If you visit Jerez de la Frontera and want to enjoy the historic center on foot then you will definitely pass this square. I really liked the arch-shaped walkway along one side of the square – it makes for some cool photos and is a great Instagram spot in Jerez de la Frontera.
Location: Plaza del Arenal
11. Tunnel to the Old Fish Market
Hidden in the corner of Plaza Arenal between the building is a tunnel that leads to the old fish market. There is a street named Calle Pescadería Vieja that goes under the La Alhóndiga building (the one with many arches).
The tunnel will take you to a small hidden square with tapas bars and restaurants where you can get fresh fish and seafood. It is a fantastic place for lunch away from the buzz of the main square but right next to it at the same time.
The fish market square and the tunnel are decorated with plants, flower pots, colorful furniture, parasols, string lamps, and wooden doors.
There is a great ambiance to this hidden corner. It is also a cool photo spot if you are looking for something hidden in the heart of the Old Town.
Location: Tunnel to the Old Fish Market
Bonus! Alameda Vieja – visit when the trees are blooming!
Imagine an alley lined with purple and pink blooming trees on both sides of a wide walkway and a pavilion built in the 18th century at the end of the alley! Sounds like one of the most beautiful Instagram photo spots in Jerez de la Frontera!
Well, it wasn’t possible for us as we visited Jerez de la Frontera in Spring, however, if you are visiting closer to the summertime then definitely walk past this alley! It would look dreamy all colored in purple and pink!
The alley is also a nice place to relax with benches lined all the way between the trees. It is located right next to Alcázar de Jerez de la Frontera (but not part of it and can be accessed by anyone) and across the street from Bodega Tio Pepe.
Location: Alameda Vieja
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Jerez de la Frontera is a hidden gem in Andalusia. Although usually it is not included in most Andalusia travel itineraries, I don’t have a single regret that we visited this charming town!
Jerez de la Frontera is famous for being the birthplace and the world capital of fortified wine – sherry. The name ‘sherry’ actually comes from the name ‘Jerez’.
I hope you enjoy some time in this historic town by exploring bodegas, centuries-old churches and cathedrals, narrow cobblestone streets, stone arches, and walls, and soaking up all the Old Town charm you can get! Happy exploring!