The Virgen de las Nieves, patron saint of Villanueva de la Jara. Patron saint festivities from 4 to 8 August

The patron saint fiestas of Villanueva de la Jara are in honour of the Virgen de las Nieves, patron saint of the town since 1508.

The opening of the fair is entrusted to the authorities, who parade along with the music band and the queen of the festivities and her court of honour.

Programme of events for the Virgen de las Nieves Festivities

On 4 August, the Salve Cantada in the Church of Carmen gives way to the fireworks that light up Villanueva de la Jara.

On 5 August, after the procession through the main streets of the town, the popular auction of rods is held in the atrium of the Church of Carmen.

During the Las Nieves fair, a wide range of events take place, from religious ceremonies to parades, sports competitions, children’s activities and open-air dances in the Plaza Mayor.

The fair is a time to ride the little horses and taste the churros with chocolate, the peladillas and the cotton candy. Stalls and rides are concentrated in the Calle de las

Where is the Virgen de las Nieves

The Convento del Carmen is the sanctuary of the Virgen de las Nieves, which belonged to the Discalced Carmelite friars. The image of the Virgin came from Rome in 1508.

As a heartfelt tribute from the people of Jara to their Virgin, on the V Centenary of her appointment as Patron Saint of La Jara, this series of texts is presented in which we are told about the history of the town through its streets, its archival documents, its monuments and, of course, through the eyes of the oldest and most emblematic «witness»: the venerated image of the Virgen de las Nieves.
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What is the miracle of the Virgen de las Nieves?

There are many miracles and graces that the Virgen de las Nieves gives us. We find when she saved the Spanish soldiers by throwing sand into the eyes of the Indians. As it appears in the book «Histórica Relación del Reyno de Chile», by Alonso de Ovalle

On 5 August 358, during the Italian summer, it snowed in the centre of Rome. It is said that the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream to Pope Liberius asking him to erect a basilica in the place where he would find the snow. The Basilica, where the image of Our Lady of the Snows is found, occupies a special place in the Pontiff’s heart: he always visits it before setting out on an apostolic journey and on his return.

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Virgen de las Nieves Brotherhood

July 27th is the first day of the Novena to Our Lady of the Snows. The prayer and devotion to the patron saint is entrusted with the fidelity and devotion that is a premise in La Jara.

The sisterhood Virgen de las Nieves of Villanueva de la Jara carries out the Triduum of Adoration on the three days immediately prior to the 4th of August. Adoration, rosary, novena and mass.

The great day of the Brotherhood, of the Brothers and Sisters of the Virgin of the Snows, the day of the Jareños. Let us accompany Our Mother in a little time of prayer and enjoy the day. Long live the Virgen de las Nieves!

The great day of the Brotherhood, of the Brothers and Sisters of the Virgin of the Snows, the day of the Jareños. Let us accompany Our Mother in a little time of prayer and enjoy the day. Long live the Virgen de las Nieves!

Virgen de las Nieves Municipal Band

The Municipal Band of Music «Virgen de las Nieves» of Villanueva de la Jara is the oldest band in the province of Cuenca, capital where it has participated on several occasions in the processions of Holy Week in Cuenca and in other cities of the national geography.

Mass timetable in the Church of the Virgen de las Nieves

The mass timetable in summer is at 20:30 hours on working days and at 18:30 hours on public holidays. This timetable is extended in summer with the mass at 20:30 hours.

Header photo Hermandad de la Virgen de las Nieves on Facebook

Guest Houses in Villanueva de la Jara

The best guest houses in Villanueva de la Jara – Manchuela

Guest house Pensión Posada Santa Teresa

Villanueva de la Jara

350 m from centre

Situated in Villanueva de la Jara in the Castilla-La Mancha region, Pensión Santa Teresa features accommodation with access to a hot tub. The property features garden and city views.

Country house Casa del Rio

Villanueva de la Jara

7.3 km from centre

Located in Villanueva de la Jara, about 1 hour’s drive from the historic city of Cuenca, Casa del Rio offers two 6-bedroom country houses with a patio and barbecue facilities.

Casa Rural en Bodega. La posada de Vitis

Casas de Santa Cruz

10.4 km from Villanueva de la Jara

Featuring air-conditioned accommodation with a private pool, pool view and a patio, Casa Rural en Bodega. La posada de Vitis is located in Casas de Santa Cruz.

Parador de Alarcón

Alarcón

16.3 km from Villanueva de la Jara

Parador de Alarcón is an 8th-century Moorish castle, set next to the Júcar River. It is located above the Medieval village of Alarcón, and offers free public parking on site.

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