Burguillos del Cerro y el temple
In the early S-XIII Burguillos del Cerro was still under Muslim rule abiding people in small scattered nuclei.
It was King Alfonso IX of Leon who reconquered these domains to Christianity with the help of the Order of the Temple, in gratitude ceding his government in 1238. This order contributed to population concentration around the castle and the site now occupied the ancient churches of Santa Maria de la Encina and San Juan Bautista.
With the protected and secured from enemy incursions territory, begins the period of repopulation and prosperity, becoming the bailiato of Jerez, which was Burguillos del Cerro.
In 1312, with the dissolution of the order, and because of a new policy of the Crown, Burguillos becomes a manor highly valued by the income produced their expenses and cattle.
Other Points of Interest
Small, vibrant city that boasts and celebrates the oldest cattle fair in Spain. Its imposing castle was the residence of the Dukes of Feria with some remarkable architectural features, today is a national Parador.
Jerez de los Caballeros
It became the cradle of the Knights Templar and the epicenter of their dominions after the Reconquist. Well defended by its complete set of walls and towers, nowadays Jerez combines it splendorous past with the modern amenities. It was the birthplace of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa, the discoverer of the Pacific Ocean.
Capital of the Portuguese Alentejo, it is a world heritage city by UNESCO and a strategic centre of a rural área where the cork and the wine are star products.
It is the capital of Extremadura and a world reference in Roman art and culture. It was built on the banks of the Guadiana river and conveniently located on the Roman Silver Route, it has always been an important settlement for all the civilizations that have inhabited it.
The capital of the largest province in Spain, Badajoz is located just 5 kms. from neighboring Portugal, it is also crossed by the Guadiana river. Its strength in protecting the civilizations that inhabited it throughout the centuries is part of its history.
Just at 150 kms away, Sevilla is Andalucia´s capital and a starting point of many itineraries and routes, among them The Roman Silver Route. It has been a legendary city known for its art, literatura and voyages. The mighty Guadalquivir river flows magestically through it.