MANY would argue that a successful business opens at convenient times, or indeed 24/7. The extension of opening hours to accommodate somewhat haphazard daily activities has meant that many expect services to be open, exactly when they want the service.
You will never find this in Jerez.
Some more international regions in Spain, like Madrid and Barcelona, have modernised their opening times. Many areas, however, still remain in the doldrums.
Tourist sites in Jerez religiously open during the normal weekday hours. Many also very kindly extend opening hours to Saturday.
Museo Arqueologico de Jerez, opens from 10:00 – 14:00 on Saturdays. This isn’t very useful for anyone planning a long weekend here. Indeed, it somewhat neutralises the attraction of even having the museum.
Good luck finding anything that opens on a Sunday.
Jerezanos are also bitten by business opening times. Piscina Jose Laguillo (swimming pool named Jose Laguillo) takes the crown for the most stupid opening times that I have ever seen.
Located in a pleasant neighbourhood, this state owned sports centre boasts a state of the art pool and tennis courts. However, your chances of ever using it are slim.
In order to access it you have to buy membership. This can only be bought from the office whose opening times are 9:00 – 14:00 Monday to Friday.
It may surprise the Spanish authorities to learn that many people tend to work during that time. Purchasing membership is absolutely impossible unless you’re unemployed or a housewife.
Even locals agree that these opening times are stupendously inconsiderate.
“We do have jobs you know.”
“How are you meant to buy membership if you have a job?”
Accompanying these issues is the Spanish Sunday Fever.
Woe betide anyone who even suggests visiting something on Sunday that isn’t a church. Jerez remains firmly in the grip of God’s fifth commandment.
“remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it Holy.” Exodus 20:9
The only thing that you can do in Jerez on a Sunday is go out for tapas. Museo Arqueologico – Closed. Bodegas – Closed. Gimnasio – Closed.
However, it isn’t all bad news. Alongside the omni-open bars of Jerez, is Zoobotanico de Jerez. This budding establishment, showcasing some of nature’s finest animals, is open every day of the week from 09:00 – 19:00.
You must visit it on Sunday if you want to see more than the bottom of a glass of sherry.