Ainsa sits at the western end of the Pyrenees in Aragon and manages to blend old and new quite successfully where many other cities and towns in Spain fail.
Ainsa’s old quarter is a steep mass of narrow streets and archways. The main square is covered in symbols from ages gone by and the buildings and stone benches carry effigies of emblems and masonic messages.
The narrow streets, like so many in Spain, were designed at a time before air conditioning and had to be effective in keeping the sun out.
The main square in Ainsa’s old quarter is restaurant Mecca, all offering much the same thing for the same kind of prices. There wasn’t anything on offer for vegans and most Spanish vegetarian dishes contain fish and cheese.
Ainsa is a lovely old town worthy of a day’s exploration and for those who love the outdoors it offers more than a day’s adventuring courtesy of its many hiking, cycling and river activities.
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