This small village is named after the valley in which it is located: Bielsa. It is a municipality of Huesca with a Pyrenean style that has the perfect atmosphere for that rural tourism getaway that you are looking forward to.
The town is born from the confluence of the rivers Barrosa and Cinca. Thanks to its location, it has always been a place rich in pastures that has benefited mainly the livestock sector and has been able to grow around the fertile plains of the rivers. Its nerve center lies in the Town Hall, a building that preserves a Renaissance facade of the sixteenth century.
Inside this town we can see the Ethnological Museum of Bielsa. The interesting thing about it is the exhibition dedicated to the Bielsa Stock Exchange, an episode of the civil war in which the village was bombed -and later rebuilt, of course-.
And where can you go now? Well, Bielsa is a small town, so it is not a bad idea to go for a walk to see it all. We highlight a couple of religious buildings, which are the church of Javierre, in which an altarpiece of the fifteenth century is kept, and down towards the Plaza de la Iglesia you will find the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.
Outside, you can see that the boundary of the village is blurred and begins to intermingle with the green landscapes of the valley of Pineta, where there is a luxurious rural old mansion where you can stay overnight.
Pineta is one of the four valleys into which the Natural Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido is divided. What is this? A protected area of the Aragonese territory, and the second oldest natural park in Spain. It is the perfect place to practice some activities or outdoor sports, especially mountain biking or hiking. We recommend you the route 89 around Bielsa, and the number 80, which is a path to the Añisclo pass.
Are we leaving anything out? Ah, of course! You can easily get to France by crossing the Bielsa tunnel, which crosses the Pyrenees and goes directly to the neighboring country. And they say that the shortest way is not the easiest...
Of course, before going back and forth, recover your energy by eating in one of the inns of the village. In this alpine and cold environment nothing goes better than a belsetana soup, which is a kind of broth with meatballs, followed by a millazo de Bielsa, a sweet millet and oil cake. And don't worry, you won't need to learn to speak Belsetan to make yourself understood with the order.
If you are a bit more of a party person you might be wondering: are there any entertaining events in this village? The answer is yes: the Bielsa Carnival. It is a festival that takes place the weekend before Lent and has been internationally recognized thanks to the characteristic characters of the event: the madams, the trangas, and the onso and his tamer.
Small but full of colour and tradition, Bielsa is one of those villages that are worth a visit if you are planning a holiday in the Aragonese countryside. Pack your bags and live the alpine experience!