London Stansted: The attractive ‘underrated’ Spanish metropolis with among the world’s finest eating places you’ll be able to fly to for as little as £20


The London heatwave is about to end, so if you need a little extra warmth before midsummer, a weekend getaway might be in order.

Ryanair currently sells tickets to Jerez in Spain for just £19.99 and there is plenty to do in the stunning city. It is located in southern Spain in Andalusia and has a population of just over 200,000.

It is believed that people have lived in Jerez since prehistoric times and as such there is a lot of history to experience in Jerez. First, go to the Alcazar Jerez de la Frontera, a former Islamic palace.

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The Alcazar is impressive

The fortress includes a mosque, several palaces and towers that you can visit for just €3. The ticket includes entry to two themed exhibitions and people say the palace is “impressive”. “This is an impressive building, well worth spending some time exploring. Jerez is a beautiful place with many attractions and this is one of the best,” wrote one Tripadvisor reviewer.

Next, visit Jerez Cathedral. It is an impressive historical building with many religious works of art and a bell tower with a beautiful view.

One reviewer said: “Both the exterior and interior are fantastic. If you are in Jerez this is a must see.” Another added: “Please visit the Cathedral as it is very beautiful, very tranquil and welcoming. It has great architectural features and paintings.”

The cathedral is absolutely stunning

For art lovers, visit Bodegas Tradicion, an art gallery that offers wine pairings. Receive detailed explanations about the winery and its sherries, a guided tasting of the drinks, and a guide to the Spanish paintings on display.

Reportedly, these include the likes of Velasquez and Goya. One reviewer wrote: “Great experience. We had a very warm and welcoming host who was able to answer all of our questions. The tasting was great. The art gallery is also a very nice addition.”

Jerez is also home to a huge number of fantastic restaurants and has a whopping six Michelin restaurants. Mantua has a Michelin star and offers sherry pairings with its two menus.

Jerez is known for its sherry

One guest wrote: “Each small dish was so fantastically balanced and delicious, you really feel the passion and dedication the chef puts into his craft. Even when you start to feel full, the next dish is a little lighter pace for a change, it’s almost like the chef is taking you on a giant journey.”

Lu Cocina y Alma also has one star and serves four different menus with matching wines based on a mix of haute cuisine and Andalusia. One reviewer said: “This isn’t just a Michelin star restaurant. It’s a special place, the atmosphere, the service, the cuisine in the middle of the restaurant. The food is simply magnificent, a spectacle for the eyes, for the mouth, for the senses.”

And at the three-star Hotel Aponiente, a classic Andalusian menu that changes daily awaits you. One person wrote: “What an incredible experience – tasting the sea in every way…this is a restaurant that is at the absolute pinnacle. It’s very difficult to describe the amazing food I had – but if you can run, don’t go here! Truly a different and incredible experience.”

Jerez is also home to three Michelin Guide restaurants: Restaurante Albala, A Mar Restaurante and La Carbona. Each offers superb Spanish food with premium twists. Each restaurant has reviews praising the “stunning” food and “exceptional” service.

how to get there

The flight from London Stansted to Jerez takes just under three hours.

From the airport, a train takes a little less than 10 minutes to the city.

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