Ainsa Monument & Sights guide

Umbrellas, cars and people on Main square, waiting for the end of a bicycle race, taken from Castillo de Aínsa (Ainsa castle) - Aínsa, Spain (1)

Ainsa Monument & Sights guide

Welcome to Hitch-Hikers Handbook‘s Ainsa Monument & Sights Guide, as we show you all the best places to visit in the beautiful medieval hilltop village of Ainsa (Spain)…

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La Cruz Cubierta
(The Covered Cross)

What is it? Monument marking the spot of the Battle of Sobrarbe
Where is it? Located 1.5km north of the Castle

Information: The circular shrine of the covered cross was built in 1655 in commemoration of Ainsa’s reconquest from the Muslims. Inside the small structure is a cross that can also be found on the Aragon coat of arms.

Plaza Mayor
(Main square)

What is it? Central square of the medieval town
Where is it? At the end of Calle Mayor before the Castle at the end of the old town

Ainsa Monument & Sights Guide

Information: Constructed in the 12th century, Ainsa’s main square is a wonderful example of medieval architecture which, in its heyday, was the home to numerous markets and fairs. Its defining features are the Romanesque arched porches surrounded the open area, all slightly different from each other, and decorated with Arabic tiles. Interestingly, the square is also the home to two communal wine presses.

Iglesia de Santa María & Campanil
(St. Mary’s Church & Belfry)

Monument Type: Church
Address: Plaza Mayor, s/n
Website: –
Opening Times: Summer: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Winter: 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Price: Church: Free Belfry: 1 €

Ainsa Monument & Sights Guide

Information: The simple and austere Iglesia de Santa Maria was constructed in the 11th-12th centuries in the Romanesque style and in addition to the church also contains a tower, a cloister and a crypt. For wonderful views across the town and surrounding countryside, climb up the Belfry, for the cost of a Euro.

Castillo de Aínsa
(Ainsa Castle)

What is it? 11Th-16th century castle and defensive walls
Where is it? Extreme east of Ainsa old town

Ainsa Monument & Sights Guide

Information: Originally constructed in the 11th century against the threat of Muslim invaders, the castle we see today is mostly a work of the 16th century reconstruction. Today, despite having fallen mostly into disrepair, the Castle is home an ecomuseum on local fauna and is the main location of the town festivals. Climb up and around the walls for some nice views across the sprawling countryside below.

Eco Museo-Centro de Aínsa
(Eco Museum of Ainsa)

Monument Type: Museum
Address: Castillo de Aínsa
Website:quebrantahuesos.org
Opening Times: Jan & Feb: closed March – May: Wed – Fri: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat & Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Jul & Aug: Mon – Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sep: Mon – Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Oct, Nov & Dec: Wed – Fri: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat & Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: General Admission: 4 € Family & Groups: 3 €

Information: The Eco Museum of Ainsa is located in an 11th century building in the south-west side of Ainsa Castle and is dedicated to showing the diverse Fauna and Nature of the Pyrenees. It comprises of twelve rooms dedicated to raising awareness of sustainable development and conservation of the environment as well a bird sanctuary for birds of prey.

Espacio del Geoparque de Sobrarbe
(Sobrarbe Geopark visitors centre)

Monument Type: Museum
Address: Castillo de Aínsa
Website: geoparquepirineos.com
Opening Times: Easter week & Jun – Oct: Fri – Tue: 9.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Rest of the year: Fri – Sun: 9.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7p.m.
Price: Free

Information: Located in one of the towers of Ainsa Castle, the Geopark focuses on the geological history of the Earth over the last 500 million years. It consists of four rooms and has spaces dedicated to the history of geology, with special emphasis on everything geological about the Pyrenees.

written by: Jon 

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