Visit to Jerez de los Caballeros and the Iberian ham Hall


During the month of May Jerez de los Caballeros dresses up with the Iberian ham lounge, an event that attracts thousands of people every year to enjoy the best Iberian ham in the world with the best cutters and wineries in Spain. But beware, ham is not one of the main Reasons to visit Jerez de los Caballeros, if not its cultural heritage and its important history, a history closely linked to the Spanish explorers and conquerors of America.

A little history

Two characters from the history of Spain and America were born in Jerez de los Caballeros. For many very unknown, but important in our history, since they made several of the discoveries that changed the way of seeing geography today.

Vasco Nunez de Balboa

We owe him the "discovery" of the Pacific Ocean, a milestone that changes the way people see the world, maps and navigation charts. It was in the current Panama where there was such a sighting, where today he is still venerated. To give you an idea, both the beer as the currency They are called Balboa, a tribute to this discoverer who died at the age of 44, beheaded by the envy and greed of his countrymen. In Panama it has a spectacular monument paid by King Alfonso XIII.

Vasco Nuñez de Balboa Square

Hernando de Soto

Although there are still doubts about its origin, Hernando de Soto we can attribute the discovery of Mississippi River in the United States and be one of the first explorers of today's Florida. Currently we can say that there are many parks, sports centers, towns or car brands in the United States that use the name of this Extremaduran explorer, since it was very important in its history. It's funny, but sometimes, your own country doesn't give so much importance to certain people that it got really big. Did you know Hernando de Soto?

Today many of the flags of the states or cities in the United States, such as Los Angeles, which carry Spanish shields

Views from the Alcazaba
Meadow in Badajoz

What to see in Jerez de los Caballeros

It is said that in Jerez de los Caballeros he came to have no less than sixteen hermitages, four convents and numerous churches. That its population came to have more than 20,000 people, twice as much today, something that has left its mark on both the culture and heritage that we can see today in this beautiful town of Badajoz, Extremadura. Here are several points that you have to know on your visit to Jerez de los Caballeros.

1 The Alcazaba and the wall

The old Arab fortress and later Templar fortress is where the current town hall of Jerez de los Caballeros is. From there you can see both the wall, the Bloody Tower and some beautiful views towards the town and towards the church of Santa María. If you have the opportunity, both dawn and sunset are fabulous.

Jerez of the Knights
Views from the Alcazaba

2 The church of San Bartolomé

The church of San Bartolomé with 54m is both the tower and the most colorful facade of Jerez de los Caballeros. It is of Renaissance base, to later find a very original Baroque architecture. The nearness of Portugal and Andalusia. Inside it has a Gothic chapel where Vasco Núñez de Balboa was supposedly baptized.

St. Bartholomew's Church
Views from the Oasis Hotel

3 The church of San Miguel Arcángel

Near the church of San Bartolomé and with a meter more high we have the church of San Miguel next to one of the busiest squares in the town. It is baroque and looks like a collegiate church. It is worth visiting inside, since it is possibly the prettiest in town.

San Miguel's Church

4 The church of Santa Catalina

A little more distant than the other two and always omnipresent wherever you look is the church of Santa Catalina, which houses several of the jewels of the town. Both his virgin and the gold-plated mantle are two symbols that must be seen in Jerez de los Caballeros.

Church of Santa Catalina
The door of the Alcazaba and the virgin of the Church of Santa Catalina

5 The Door of Burgos

One of the oldest doors in Jerez is the Puerta de Burgos, where you can also see a monument to Hernando de Soto.

Burgos Gate

6 The Church of Saint Mary of the Incarnation

Together with the Alcazaba we have one of the most important churches in Jerez and the oldest. It is at the back of the town, next to the Alcazaba wall. You can see its unfinished tower due to lack of resources in the eighteenth century.

Views from the Alcazaba

7 Gate of the Villa and Chapel of San Antonio

Almost by chance and next to the old Jewish quarter we found the door of the Villa, where inside it houses a small chapel, that of San Antonio. Look at the facade of the door, as it is one of the oldest in the town.

Gate of the Villa and Chapel of San Antonio

8 Bloody Tower

This place was where the last templars from Jerez de los Caballeros in 1312. You can find it inside the Alcazaba.

Bloody tower
Bloody tower

9 Getting lost in the streets of Jerez

As in most of the towns of Spain, the best recommendation is to get lost in its streets and discover small alleys, arches, churches or simply medieval failures as it is in the case of Jerez. The cobbled streets and the white facades have their charm, we encourage you to discover them.

Jerez of the Knights
Jerez of the Knights

The Iberian Ham Hall

The first weekend of May is the Iberian Ham Hall, an event where several awards are given. They highlight the Golden ham and the Gold knife To the best cutter. It is super colorful to see several of the best ham cutters in the world in an enclosure that houses the main ham cellars between stalls and corners to be able to taste them.

From Friday at noon the stalls are open, there is music, party and even bumper cars. All ham is acorn and at a very affordable price, € 10 per serving. Piece plan!

Iberian Ham Hall

Surroundings of Jerez de los Caballeros

The pasture, that jewel of Extremadura

In spring the fields of Extremadura have nothing to envy the green of Asturias. The low mountain is what predominates in this corner of Extremadura and it is the meadows where the Iberian pig encamps at ease. It is easy to see ponds where pigs will drink in summer or cork oaks or holm oaks on that green mantle that attracts so much attention. There are trails to travel them walking or in bike, two activities that are worthwhile in this beautiful corner of Spain.

Meadow in Badajoz
Meadow in Badajoz

It is possible to visit a winery next to the pastures where they make the Iberian ham. Each pig feeds on about 10kg of grass or acorn a day. If you think about buying a good ham, keep in mind the following indications:

  • The good acorn hams are about 4 years old drying The one of Bait, between 2 or 3 years
  • Every ham carries its seal. Black, red, green or white, from best to worst quality
  • He black and red It is from pigs fed with acorns, which you usually see in the pastures
  • The green or white are from bait, and they don't have to have been fed with acorns

Pedania la Bazana

It may not stand out in beauty, but in recent history and landscaping. This district is a settlement of the 50s of about 350 inhabitants. For the time its design is really original, with several exactly the same places as well as its white houses. In times of Frank These types of settlements were made to repopulate certain areas of Spain. Each settler was given a cow, a mare, a plot and even a house, yes, in exchange for yielding 60% of the crop they made to the state.

Pedania la Bazana

Nowadays it has had a lot of repercussion, since 37 architects from all over Europe have presented projects to modernize the district. The Objective, preserve the structure of the people and create employment.

It is possible to see every year a living nativity scene of more than 250 people, original, right?

Practical data

How to get

Jerez de los Caballeros is the N-435 road, south of Badajoz, 1 hour from Badajoz and more than 4 hours from Madrid. DeSevilla or Huelva is about 2 hours drive from both capitals.

Typical food and dishes

  • Turkish bun. Sweet with almond, egg, sugar and lemon
  • Caldito. Although it is not to our liking, it is a classic of powerful breakfasts. It is a kind of breakfast pate (pork liver)

As he La Ermita restaurant, located in a unique enclave, the Santa Maria restaurant or the Fame restaurant, they won't let you down, exquisite food

Festivals and events in Jerez de los Caballeros

  • Belén Santa Ángela, the largest monumental nativity scene in the world
  • The Easter, a party declared National Tourist Interest
  • Feast of the Templars. Second week of July, declared a festival of regional tourist interest
  • Ham Hall. First weekend of May

Where to sleep

  • Oasis Hotel. In the center of Jerez, a comfortable hotel with parking. From € 56 per night
  • Hotel Arroyo la Plata. Next to the ardila river, it is on the outskirts of Jerez de los Caballeros, next to the hamlet of La Bazana. From € 52 per night
  • La Zafrilla rural house. 5.5km from Jerez, a rural house with pool with apartments for 5 people from € 120