ITINERARIES OF PAGOS DEL SHERRY
The Balbaína itinerary takes us through one of the most highly valued vineyard zones in the Jerez Region. Originating in Roman times and linked by some authors to the Roman-Gaditano Balbo family, the Pago de Balbaína is divided from north to south by a Roman road known as the Via Augusta, which ran from the Pyrenees to Cadiz (“Gades” in Roman times).
This emblematic vineyard zone is one of the largest in the region and its vineyards benefit from the influence of light winds blowing in from the Atlantic, thanks to its closeness to the Cadiz coastline. It nestles in a landscape of gently sloping hillsides midway between Jerez and El Puerto de Santa María, which makes this route ideal for those who also wish to enjoy visits to both cities.
Dotted with an exceptional assortment of vineyard houses, mostly built between the 17th and 19th centuries, and some excellent examples of farmhouses and roadside taverns, Balbaina is home to unique vineyards that produce the origin of excellent sherries from some of the most important wineries in the region.
Wine is present during every moment of the Bilbaina itinerary. Moreover, this extraordinary wine-tourism attraction is complemented by an important natural attraction given its proximity to the Juncosa, Salda and Chica lagoons, part of the El Puerto de Santa María Endorheic Nature Reserve.
This circular itinerary of 21.40 kilometres is ideal to follow on foot or MTB.
Puerta Verde Balbaína
Puerta Verde Balbaína
|Type of route:||Circular|
|Estimated hiking time:||4 h. 40 min.|
|Estimated cycle touring time:||1 h. 40 min.|
|Elevation:||Maximum: 89 mts. / Minimum: 29 mts.|
|Pagos:||Los Tercios, Balbaína Baja y Balbaína Alta|
In order to make your itinerary as comfortable as possible and to allow you to enjoy the Pagos del Sherry to the full, here are some recommendations:
- The pleasantly mild climate of the Jerez Region makes it possible to enjoy the destination practically the whole year round. However, in spring and summer it is important to bear in mind the high temperatures of the region. At these times you are recommended to avoid the central hours of the day, when very high temperatures are reached, and to follow the route either early morning or in the evening when temperatures are more pleasurable.
- In spring and summer it is advisable to use sun protection cream and wear a baseball cap, hat or similar as protection from the sun.
- In autumn and winter, and to a lesser extent during spring, it is advisable to bear in mind the possibility of rain and to avoid following the itinerary if these meteorological conditions are forecast, given that a good part of the route takes place on open ground.
- Comfortable light clothing is recommended.
- There are no drinking water points available on the route, so it is advisable to take sufficient water to remain hydrated throughout the itinerary.