|Up to 10,000 people follow "Our Father Jesus the Nazarene" through the streets of Jaen.|
Semana Santa in Jaen
Jaen capital is yet another Andalusian city that has a certified "Fiesta of National Touristic Interest" and as in every other corner of the province, jinienses (residents of Jaen) believe their particular processions are without a doubt the most beautiful in all of Spain. We'll leave it up to the individual visitor to decide whether or not that is true, and remind everyone that the province's capital is not the only place in that area to enjoy a traditional Andalucian Semana Santa. Cities like Úbeda, Baeza and Martos are also well known in the area - and they have all had their Holy Week's declared "Fiestas of National Touristic Interest".
As in so many places here in the south of Spain, locals in Jaen capital have their very favourite float - and it is the one dedicated to a version of Jesus called "Our Father Jesus the Nazarene" - nicknamed "grandfather" (el abuelo). According to the Spanish version of Wikipedia, this particular image's procession is the one that attracts locals like a magnet as it is considered the most representative of the city - up to 10,000 people might follow the "grandfather" around town, even though he is carried out and about the streets at the crack of dawn.
Watch a Semana Santa procession
Semana Santa dates
2015 29 March - 5 April
2016 20 March - 27 March
2017 9 April - 16 April