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What to do and see in Ainsa? The best plans and activities in Ainsa

Aínsa, a municipality and a town in the Sobrarbe region, in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Aínsa is known for its medieval old town, which has been declared a historical-artistic site. The Aínsa Castle and the Plaza Mayor are emblematic places of the town, it is also the gateway to the Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, and awarded as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain.

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10 things to do in Aínsa

Aínsa, in the province of Huesca, Spain, is a charming town with a well-preserved historic center. Here are some things you can see and do in Aínsa:


1. Plaza Mayor and Old Town:

The Plaza Mayor is the heart of Aínsa and is surrounded by very well preserved medieval buildings. It is a picturesque place to walk and enjoy the architecture. Strolling along Calle Mayor will take you through charming narrow cobbled streets, where you can discover local shops, restaurants and traditional architecture.


2. Aínsa Castle:

The castle, located at the top of the hill, offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding area. Exploring the castle will allow you to immerse yourself in the history of the region.


3. Church of Saint Mary:

This church, located in the Plaza Mayor, is an outstanding example of Romanesque architecture. Its construction dates back to the 11th century and contains artistic and religious elements of interest.


4. Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park:

Ainsa is strategically located to visit the Ordesa National Park. Remember that the park has 4 entrances: Valle de Ordesa, Añisclo, Escuain and Pineta. Ainsa is the most logical and comfortable base camp to visit the park.


5. Outdoor activities:

Aínsa is the world capital of canyoning and one of the best destinations in the world and the best in Europe for adventure activities. In Ainsa you can do canyoning, rafting, via ferrata, kayaking on the lake, MTB and enduro, climbing, paragliding... The options are endless.


6. Local festivals and events:

If you visit Aínsa during times of festivals or local events, you will be able to experience the culture and traditions of the region. Holy Week and local festivities are special times.


7. Gastronomy:

Enjoy local cuisine in the restaurants of Aínsa. Try traditional Aragonese dishes and discover the flavors of the region..


8. Pools and rivers for bathing:

Ainsa is the paradise of rivers, reservoirs and pools for bathing in summer.

Before heading anywhere to swim, make sure it's safe and be aware of the water conditions. In addition, respect the natural environment and follow local regulations to ensure environmental conservation.

Rio Bellos, in Puyarruego

Ara River, in the Balupor tunnels in Boltaña

Cinca River, between Escalona and Tella Hospital

Mediano Reservoir

Grado Reservoir


9. Castle Festival in July:

It is one of the main summer festivals in Aragon. Spanish and international groups participate in it and has Aínsa Castle as the main stage. Likewise, there are also concerts in other places in the town such as Plaza de Santo Domingo or Plaza de la Iglesia. Along with the musical program, exhibitions, parades, workshops and gastronomic tastings are held.

10. Visit France:

Although it may seem surprising, France is only 45 kilometers from Ainsa, a good opportunity to visit the town of Saint-Lary-Soulan and the Néouvielle nature reserve and its magnificent lakes.

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