JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, 30km inland towards Seville, is the home and heartland of sherry (itself an English corruption of the town’s Moorish name – Xerez) and also, less known but equally important, of Spanish brandy. An elegant and prosperous town, it’s a tempting place to stop, arrayed as it is round the scores of wine bodegas, with plenty of sights to visit in between.

Life is lived at a fairly sedate pace for most of the year here, although things liven up considerably when Jerez launches into one or other of its two big festivals – the May Horse Fair (perhaps the most snooty of the Andalucian ferias), or the celebration of the vintage towards the end of September.

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