The town of Tarifa was already considered a strategic enclave in the Muslim period, and they were precisely the ones who raised the sturdy walls surrounding the city. Puerta de Jerez is part of the great heritage legacy left by the Nazari Kingdom later on. Due to the Reconquista and the arrival of the Christians, the walls were extended due to population growth.
With the Reconquista and the arrival of the Christians, the walls were extended and the Puerta de Jerez was opened for people to pass by.
At the top of the door, you will see a shield featuring the legend: “Muy noble, muy leal y heroica ciudad de Tarifa” (Very noble, very loyal and heroic city of Tarifa) reminding when Sancho IV took over the city in 1292.
There are three walled enclosures in Tarifa, Muralla de la Almedina, Muralla de la Aljaranda and Muralla del Arrabalwhere the Puerta de Jerez. Many sections of the original city walls are preserved, with many of them integrated into some buildings that were built in the 19th century.
Earlier there were three access doors to the city, of which only the northern part of the Puerta de Jerez still currently stands. It still gives access to the northern part of the walled enclosure.
In 2000, Puerta de Jerez was restored and a space was enabled to place the “El Cristo de los vientos” artwork of a Tarifeño artist named Guillermo Pérez Villalta. It placed inside an alcove decorated with intense blue in its starry vault and a tiled floor which is another artist’s work.