The beauty of forgotten sherry
In the bowels
of the city, stands the San Mateo district, the eternal unknown and
perhaps forgotten corner of Jerez de la Frontera, one of those spaces
where the passage of time has barely been noticed.
In one of the most charming places of the city, we will visit one of the most unique urban settings of Jerez, where labyrinthine and narrow streets of Muslim tradition, palaces and stately homes of ancient ancestry and winemaking centers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, are mixed with the everyday life of a neighborhood that boasts of being one of the oldest in the city.
We start the visit in the vicinity of our beautiful Cathedral of San Salvador to go to the heart of the neighborhood, the Market Square, climbing the Cuesta del Espíritu Santo, where we will enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the cathedral building from the Convent of the Holy Spirit, the oldest of the female convents of Jerez.
Inside the "city of Bacchus", we will pass by the Fundador winery, linked to the surname Domecq, the oldest in our city, and then head to visit the amalgamation of palaces in the area, among which are the Palacio Ponce de León, the Palacio de Riquelme and the Palacio de Camporreal.
Once in the Plaza del Mercado, we will mention the Municipal Archaeological Museum, one of the most important in the province, which we always recommend visiting, with an excellent collection of pieces that go from the Palaeolithic period to the Modern Age, and whose central nucleus is a small palace from the end of the 18th century that corresponds to the typology of a courtyard house.
The Church of San Mateo, the Chapel of Santa Marta and the Church of San Lucas are obligatory stops on our route, which will also be shrouded in a halo of mystery, as the San Mateo district is a place full of secrets, curiosities, unlikely stories and legends such as that of El Rincón Malíllo, stories that are passed down from generation to generation and which even today do not leave those who listen to them indifferent.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
Catedral del Salvador-Cuesta del Espíritu Santo-Monasterio Espíritu Santo-Bodega Fundador-Palacio Ponce de León-Plaza del Mercado-Museo Arqueológico-Palacio de Riquelme-Iglesia de San Mateo-Capilla Santa Marta-Rincón Malillo-Zona amurallada-Bodega Tradición-Iglesia de San Lucas-Plaza de Belén-Plaza del Arroyo
- Walking tour of 2 hours
- Local guide
WHAT´S NOT INCLUDED?
- Entrance to the monuments
- Tips for the guide
Catedral San Salvador (escalinata fallada principal)