Tabancos tour in Jerez de la Frontera
Tabancos are the traditional bars in Jerez de la Frontera, believed to have started in the 17th century. Before Sherry was bottled, it was sold by casks and cellars used to sell it to these tabancos. Tabancos were “Sherry offices” where they sold Sherry to the final client and where you could taste it as well. Another main thing you could buy in these traditional bars was tobacco, which is partly where the name comes from.
It used to be more about the drink and not about food, although nowadays you can try all kinds of traditional food. Tabancos are the most traditional bars you can find in Jerez. Here they mix the love for Sherry, local food, and flamenco. One of the requirements to being called a tabanco is that 60-70% of the business is selling Sherry in bulk
There are several tabancos in Jerez de la Frontera, all of them have unique features, however we will recommend five.
We will start with the oldest tabanco in Jerez, from 1925. Open everyday with lots of flamenco shows, this is one of the only tabancos where you can book a table as long as you spend over €40.
Tabanco San Pablo
Beautiful traditional decoration from the beginning of the 20th century. The tabanco opened in 1934 and the same family has been running it since then. It has very friendly staff with good Sherry and a perfect location.
El Guitarrón de San Pedro
The Sherry menu is just outstanding. It is one of the only tabancos where it is completely run by women and the service is wonderful.
Here you will be able to taste lots of Very Old Rare Sherry, known as VORS (>30 years old) by the glass, and for an affordable price, which can sometimes be difficult to find.
It has a modern design compared to the other tabancos and therefore has a younger clientele. Some of the food goes a little away from the traditional and they innovate with food.
Tabanco Las Banderillas
If you want tradition and culture, here is where you should go. They have all kinds of local food and Sherry, very influenced by bullfighting. Food is exquisite and they have a large menu to choose from.
Would you like to learn more about Sherry and tabancos and immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions by doing a tabanco tour in Jerez de la Frontera? If you want to learn and experience it with the company of a local guide and turn your visit to Jerez into an exciting gastronomic adventure, book with us. Sherry love is very contagious, surely you will also become a Jerez lover!
Or if you would like to learn all about Jerez-Sherry-Xeres D.O. and visit the bodegas, then join us for our Ultimate Sherry Tasting tour. We can design it privately from Jerez de la Frontera or Vejer de la Frontera.
If you are thinking to travel to other parts of Cadiz, we are based in Vejer de la Frontera. It is officially recognized as one of the most beautiful villages of Spain, you should come and meet us!
We do small Sherry & Tapas tour in Vejer where you will taste different types of Sherry and local food like bluefin tuna, bull meat, salmorejo, eggplant with honey and pinenuts, etc.
We also have a tour that focuses on Bluefin tuna. You will learn the history of Bluefin tuna in the area since Phoenician times; visit a local food market; and taste different parts of bluefin tuna in all ways, salt-dried, grilled, raw…
If you would like to visit other beautiful white villages like Vejer, we can do a tour of the white villages in Cadiz province. Or you can choose to do a private tour that we can design especially for you and recommend places to visit based on your interests. Come and join Explore la Tierra in Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain!