If there is an entity on the entire planet that knows about geography, world cultures and historical heritage, it is National Geographic. So we are very interested in knowing what you think about which is the most beautiful town in Spain. Especially with so much variety to choose from. Well, the Americans have spoken and have said that the medieval town of Aínsa, in Huesca, is the most charming town in the country.
This Aragonese town, capital of the old county of Sobrarbe, is located at the confluence of the Ara and Cinca rivers, under the gaze of Peña Montañesa. However, what is most significant is that in In its old town, time seems to have stopped in the Middle Ages. Of course, its heritage is listed as a Historic-Artistic Site.
Celts, Romans, Muslims, Christians have passed through there… a diversity and richness that make a visit to Villa de Aínsa a trip full of wonderful surprises. However, the neuralgic point of the town is its porticoed Plaza Mayor where a curious recreation known as The Moorish. Yes, it only takes place the first Sunday in September of even years and it commemorates the triumph of the hosts of King García Ximenez over the Saracen army, with the help of divine intercession in the form of a cross.
At the bottom of this enclave stands the Romanesque church of Santa María (dating from the 12th century), considered one of the best examples of Romanesque in Alto Aragón and declared a National Monument. Especially eye-catching, and something that no visitor can miss, is its beautiful cloister, where Romanesque and Gothic come together.
Afterwards, visitors cannot stop strolling through the remains of his castle, where the International Music Festival Aínsa Castle and the wall is held every summer. As well as the facades of Casa Arnal (16th century) and Casa Bielsa (16th-17th century), which are a stone summary of the idiosyncrasy of a town with a strong personality and a fascinating cultural heritage.
However, those who are left wanting more and want to have a very intensive visit can stop by the Ecomuseum of the Pyrenean Fauna, located in the keep of the castle. In the same way, lovers of hiking and nature will not want to leave without having followed the itinerary that runs between Aínsa and Boltaña.
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