The mountains surrounding Ainsa. 2011.
“The village of Aínsa sits at the confluence of two rivers, the Cinca and the Ara, in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees in Huesca, Aragón. It is an area of immense natural beauty, whose sublime mountain scenery attracts hikers and climbers from far and wide. Part of what makes Ainsa such a wonderful place to visit is the splendour of its natural surroundings. It is surrounded by three natural parks (Ordesa y Monte Perdido, Sierra y Cañones de Guara and Posets-Maladeta) which makes it the perfect base for exploring the Pyrenees. A few kilometres to the north, a great snow-streaked crag (known as the Peña Montañesa) towers high above the village, creating a spectacular backdrop. Aínsa’s history stretches back to the 11th century, and its medieval character runs deep through every stone. It’s one of those curious, bewitching places that time seems to have completely passed by. The beauty of the local landscape can easily be appreciated while walking around the village. Ainsa’s two main streets – Calle Mayor and Calle Santa Cruz – are especially picturesque. Many buildings still have their ancient, impregnable looking wooden doors. In places, the facades are brightened with plants and flowerpots – pretty splashes of red, green and magenta against the grey medieval stone. The heart of the village is the magnificent Plaza Mayor. This historic square dates from the 12th century – when it was the site of various important fairs and markets. It has an unusually broad, rectangular design, and is flanked on two sides by Romanesque arcades which shelter cafes and restaurants.” -Love of Spain