Jerez de los Caballeros can proudly boast of being a city with a long and illustrious history, where the real mixes with the legendary. Its rich heritage earned it to be declared a 'Monumental Artistic Historic Site' in 1966.
In its surroundings important megalithic buildings can be seen, the most important is the Dolmen of the Toriñuelo Farm, declared a National Monument in 1931. The Phoenicians, if they did not found Jerez, at least knew the richness of their soil, it is believed that they were the ones who They gave the name of Ceret.
Jerez has also been identified with the Roman population of Seria Fama lulia. The Roman remains are of great value, proof of which are the Domus Suburbana of 'El Pomar', the 'Old Bridge' and the 'El Pontón'. Likewise, in the city we can observe important Visigoth remains.
Jerez under Muslim rule received the name of Xerisa, it is at this time when the construction of its Alcazaba took place. As an enclave it should have great importance since the famous cartographer of the twelfth century, Al-Idrisi, compared Jerez with Badajoz and Mérida.
In 1230, it was reconquered by Alfonso IX de León, who made merit of it to the Knights Templar, who after building the fortress and the walls make it the capital of the Bayliato of the Order of the Temple. After many vicissitudes and glories, the Order was extinguished, Enrique II gave the Knights of Santiago the town of Xerez in 1370. A new phase of splendor and enrichment began, a period in which a large part of the religious and civil monuments were erected that today can be appreciated.
Going into the dawn of the Modern Age, the city of Jerez de los Caballeros received from the hands of Emperor Charles V the title of "Very Noble and Very Loyal City" grateful for the economic contributions offered by Jerez.
Many of their children contributed to forge the greatness of Spain in the epic of the conquest and crystallization of America. Noteworthy is the figure of Vasco Núñez de Balboa for being the discoverer of the Pacific Ocean, and Hernando de Soto, discoverer of Florida.
Its monuments are a reference in the art and heritage of Extremadura. The monumental complex is composed of a beautiful citadel on which sits the Templar Fortress, high towers, collected hermitages and convents, stately palaces and noble houses. Highlighting the baroque churches of slender and filigree towers, which rise like giants on the rest of the buildings.