Useful information and facts about Villanueva de la Jara

In the middle of the Manchuela and bordered by the river Valdemembra, in which every year a fifth falls somersaulting, Villanueva de la Jara is known by the mushroom, vellocino jareño.

The town has 2287 inhabitants, according to INE data, corresponding to the year 2022

The municipality of Villanueva de la Jara extends generously, giving us the gift of originality, to its rural hamlets and villages of Casas de Santa Cruz (bordering with Iniesta) and Ribera de San Benito, on the banks of the Júcar.

Where is Villanueva de la Jara

La Jara is located eighty-some kilometers from Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha, Spain.

Elevated over 769 meters above sea level, some of its hills are over 800 meters high. El Boquerón de la Hoya is the highest point in the municipality.

Landscapes of La Jara

Since agriculture is its main economic engine, with the mushroom of La Jara as a standard, also cereals, vineyards, almond trees, walnut trees, olive groves, and lately the pistachio, the landscape level of its postcards is full of color and uniqueness.

The natural vegetation is stone pine and maritime pine with holm oaks, junipers, rosemary and thyme.

The Valdemembra River

Let’s not lose sight of the Valdemembra river in Villanueva de la Jara. This river, here it has always been called «riato», comes from Gabaldón and ends in Mahora, which means that the Valdemembra is a river 64 kilometers long.

During Roman times, according to the history of Villanueva de la Jara, Almohads, Moors and Christians settled along the Valdemembra.

History and architecture of Villanueva de la Jara

La Jara is a beautiful visual symphony from its own history. Among the visits and routes through Villanueva de la Jara, the architectural one is a must.

Walking through the town you can enjoy different visits and routes. Discover, for example, the coats of arms, such as the Coat of Arms of the Casino Jareño or the coats of arms of the stately homes of La Jara.

In addition to the best known points, such as the town hall, the main square, the Convent of Santa Ana… La Jara offers to those who want to get lost in its streets, beautifully Castilian.

Planning a trip to visit Villanueva de la Jara

Depending on the time of year, planning the trip and calculating distances, checking the weather in La Jara and knowing how to get there must be accompanied by choosing a good accommodation in Villanueva de la Jara.

Culture and traditions

Strolling through the streets of Villanueva de la Jara is to enjoy an architectural amalgam that dazzles locals and visitors alike. The stately homes, mansions and historic buildings of Villanueva de la Jara are spectacular.

And to visit the town during some of its festivals and celebrations is to experience firsthand the tradition, culture and customs of La Jara.

Musical tradition and folklore

The jotas jareñas singing to the Virgen de las Nieves, and the music of the Rondalla Santa Teresa with typical songs of Villanueva de la Jara make the folklore of La Jara is maintained. Its Municipal Band Virgen de las Nieves.

The festivities in honor of Santa Cecilia in Villanueva de la Jara are held to commemorate the patron saint of musicians. This festivity is a tribute to the «Virgen de las Nieves» Band of Villanueva de la Jara.

Festivals and celebrations in Villanueva de la Jara

Villanueva de la Jara lives in different months of the year of its festivities and celebrations, in which the population enjoys and celebrates different events in which it extols its festivities and celebrations.

Gastronomy of La Jara

The gastronomy of La Jara is composed of tasty dishes, being our cuisine one of the most recognized within the gastronomy of Castilla La Mancha.

Tourism in Villanueva de la Jara

The reality of tourism in Villanueva de la Jara has increased the offer of lodging.

Information about Villanueva de la Jara on the Internet

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Our welcome to Villanueva de la Jara. The most beautiful town in the Manchuela Conquense.

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


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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