In the province of Cadiz, just over two hours from Marbella we find the city of Jerez de la Frontera. The main protagonist of this festival is the horse, the central axis of the Jerez Horse Fair, one of the most representative festivals of tourism in Andalusia. The Jerez Fair is one of the most attractive international tourist events in this region, named of International Tourist Interest. The Horse Fair offers visitors the opportunity to taste the best wines of the land, immerse themselves in flamenco, take a horseback ride and experience one of the most unique and singular fairs in Andalusia thanks to its people, its culture and its gastronomy.
The origins of this fair date back to the thirteenth century with the Castilian conquest of the city, when Alfonso X “The Wise” allowed livestock fairs in the city. From then on, stalls were set up all around to give people food and drink and to offer a place to do business. Over the years the neighbors began to decorate and illuminate with lights the enclosure and the doors of their houses. At that time they danced bulerías until dawn and drank cognac and brandy until little by little began to arrive the fino and oloroso wines typical of Jerez.