Madrid to Jerez de la Frontera
Travel from Madrid to Jerez de la Frontera (or Jerez for short) is easy by train from Madrid Atocha Station. There are three direct services connecting Madrid to Jerez Station on the Alvia trains. Journeys take around 3 hours and 30 minutes. In addition to these, you can also reach Jerez by changing at Seville Santa Justa Station from Madrid Atocha Station. Jerez Station is conveniently located close to the city centre.
If you’d rather drive from Madrid to Jerez with the convenience of your own car, see our Madrid Atocha car rental guides. Many car hire suppliers also offer one-way rentals within Spain, which is worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location.
Best in Jerez Travel
Jerez is an important city in the province of Cadiz in western Andalucia. Like Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa Maria, Jerez is a key point of the Sherry Triangle. The Sherry Triangle is an area of Spain famous for producing sherry, which is a fortified wine. As a result, sherry tasting is one of the best things to do in Jerez! The city is home to well known sherry producers including Tio Pepe, Gonzalez Bypass, Domecq and Valedspino. But there are many others here and doing a tour is a good way to learn about the different styles of sherry. The city also boasts plenty of bodegas (wine cellars) and taverns serving sherry.
Jerez is also just a really beautiful city to explore. Highlights include the Alcazar, cathedral and Plaza del Arenal, the main square. The old town has several lovely churches and is a great place for a stroll. The city is also the capital of Andalucia’s horse culture. And one of the best times to visit Jerez is in May when it holds its annual horse fair. In addition to what you’d expect from a typical Spanish fair, this one includes parades of people in traditional clothing and decorated horse carriages. It even features thoroughbred horses trained to dance to flamenco music!
Best beyond Jerez
Jerez is just 20kms away from the coast and the Costa de la Luz, the stretch of coast in the Cadiz province. Close to Jerez, you’ll find lovely beaches around Cadiz (the city), Rota, Ballena and fellow sherry town, Sanlucar de Barrameda. The best beaches in the region are a little further away at Tarifa, Zahara de Los Atunes, Caños de Meca and Bolonia. Doñana National Park is an important wetland reserve located north of Jerez. It’s a great place for bird watching and extends to the coast where the labyrinth of marshes, lakes and pine forests meet sand dunes and beaches. Access is via El Acebuche. You can also access the long stretches of sandy beach from Matalascañas.
90kms north of Jerez, Seville, the capital of Andalucia, is also not very far. It’s a stunning city that you could easily enjoy in a day from Jerez if time is limited.
Jerez Airport is the nearest airport (8kms northeast of the city). In addition to a small number of domestic flights, it operates international routes including London, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. It has a good selection of car hire and is a good location to return a car hire if you’re ending your trip here.