Enter the narrow streets of Aínsa, a municipality that is on the exclusive list of The Most Beautiful Towns in Spain, it’s like going back in time. Its historic center, declared Historical-Artistic Ensembleis a combination of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture.

Aínsa is a town located in the region of Sobrarbe, in the province of Huesca, in Aragon. It is known for its well-preserved medieval old town and its stunning natural surroundings.

At the top is the Main Square, an emblematic place where time seems to stop. Here, the imposing Collegiate Church of Santa Maríaan impressive 11th-century temple, dominates the skyline and leaves visitors speechless with its architectural details.

The center, declared a Historical-Artistic Site

This picturesque town stands majestically in a natural scenery of mountains and rivers. With its cobbled streets, centuries-old walls and perfectly preserved medieval architecture, Aínsa is a unique destination that evokes the splendor of the past.

Plaza Mayor of Aínsa, Huesca
Plaza Mayor of Aínsa, Huesca

The medieval fortress

He Aínsa Castle, A majestic fortress that stands on a promontory, it is another gem worth exploring. This construction of Islamic origin offers a panoramic perspective of the town and its surroundings. Its stone walls tell centuries of history and its watchtowers are silent witnesses of ancient battles and conquests. Access is free 24 hours a day.


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Today, in the Torre del Homenaje there is the Eco Museum Visitor Center; in the northeast tower the Regional Tourism Office and in the southeast tower the Sobrarbe-Pirineos Geopark Space. In the parade ground of the Castle, the “Aínsa Castle Festival” and in September the “Sobrarbe Expo-fair”, among other events.

Ara River as it passes through Boltaña.
Ara River as it passes through Boltaña.

Nature and adventure

Although Aínsa is famous for its historical legacy, it is also a paradise for lovers of nature and outdoor sports. Located at the confluence of the Cinca and Ara riversthe area offers countless opportunities for hiking, rafting, mountain biking, and other exciting activities.


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Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park

From Aínsa it is highly recommended to visit the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park. It is located just 26 km away and is one of the most spectacular and visited places in Spain. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this park offers a wide variety of activities for nature and hiking lovers.

Cola de Caballo Waterfall in Ordesa.
Cola de Caballo Waterfall in Ordesa.

One of the most popular trails is the “Ordesa Canyon”, that will take you through impressive canyons, waterfalls and cliffs. You can also do routes of different levels of difficulty, such as the “Waterfall Route” or the “Pineta Valley”.

What to eat in Aínsa: rural gastronomy

As in any rural area, Aínsa’s gastronomy has revolved around the products provided by the environment in which it lives. Meat, milk and wild fruits They are the main ingredients of traditional and tasty cuisine.

Pyrenean beef is one of the great stars of Aínsa gastronomy. It is a meat with an intense and juicy flavor, which is usually prepared on the grill or in stews. The lamb, the goat, the Sobrarbe hen or latón from La Fueva are other meats that can also be found on the menu of Aínsa restaurants.

Artisanal cheeses from the Chistau Valley They are another of the star products of the municipality’s gastronomy. These are sheep cheeses, cured in natural caves, which have an intense flavor and a unique aroma. Sausages also play an important role in the town’s gastronomy. The chiretasmade with lamb intestines stuffed with meat and spices, are a typical dish of the area.

Historical sources say that the Muslims never conquered this town with a spectacular historical complex.  In addition to its brand new castle, there are other buildings that show the importance of this enclave.  (Photo: Wikipedia/José Luis Filpo Cabana).
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Aínsa’s pastries are also very rich and varied. The walnut and almond pastilles, the crespillos or quince meat are some of the most typical desserts in the area.

The gastronomy of Aínsa can be tasted in any of the restaurants in the historic center, the new or commercial part or the towns of its municipality. There is a wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.

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