Benasque (Spanish: [beˈnaske]; in Benasquese dialect: Benás; Aragonese: Benás)[1][2] (locally [beˈnas]) is a town in the comarca of Ribagorza, province of Huesca, (Spain). It is the main town in the Benasque Valley, located in the heart of the Pyrenees and surrounded by the highest peaks in that range.

View of the village from the east (2017)
Benasque/Benasc flag

Climate Edit

The climate is of a high mountain type, with cool summers, and cold winters and frequent snow. Its average annual temperature is 9.4 degrees Celsius (at 1138 meters above sea level).

Language Edit

A sticker in Benasque, saying "Benas ¿que?", meaning "Benas what?". "Benasque" is the Spanish name of the town, while the name in the local dialect is "Benás".

The regional language of Benasque is a CatalanAragonese transitional dialect that shares features with Gascon (Occitan). It is usually called patués ("patois") by its native speakers. Possessing features that are transitional between Aragonese and Catalan, it has sometimes been classified as a variety of Catalan.

To promote the local language, the local council has held an annual writing and poetry competition in patués since 1999. Separate awards are given to young and grown-up authors.

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References Edit

  1. ^ As shown in the "Legislative Decree 2/2006 of 27 December of the Government of Aragon, BOA 149, 17239". Archived from the original on 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2016-08-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link).
  2. ^ Toponyms: towns with local name in Aragonese in Great Aragonese Encyclopedia

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