According to the results of the voting that took place during the month on the portal EscapadaRural, the new capital of rural tourism in Spain was the city of Ainsa-Svarba, to which this title passed from Sigüenza. This town in the Aragonese Pyrenees, inhabited by two thousand people, has garnered more than 16 thousand votes – almost twice as big as the second-placed Villavicios (Asturias).
The history of Ainsa-Svarba, which once was the capital of the Kingdom of Svarba, one of the first Christian kingdoms of the times of the Reconquista, dates back almost 13 centuries. In 724, the battle with Muslims took place here, and, according to legend, the sudden emergence of a flaming cross inspired the victory of Christians, inferior to the enemy in all respects. This cross has become the symbol of Svarba, and now it can be seen on the arms of the autonomous community of Aragon.
The most visited places of the town and its environs are the castle of the XI century, which received the status of Cultural Heritage, the Roman Church of Santa Maria, and the houses of Bielsa and Arnal, representing the most outstanding architectural monuments of Ainsa-Svarba. For fans of country walks there are three nature reserves, famous for their impressive views and waterfalls, as well as rare species of Iberian fauna. In addition, during the year there are about ten holidays, including days of local gastronomy and winemaking.