The visitor’s centre in Anso, which occupies the old cinema in the centre of town, was inaugurated by the Aragonese Government in 1995. The objective was to convince the inhabitants of Anso and of the other valleys in the Jaca area and the Pyrenees as a whole that saving the bear population was the great challenge of the 21st century. At present, the Centre is also the headquarters of the Western Valleys National Park, created in 2006 and whose aim is to demonstrate the wealth, variety, singularity and importance of the Pyrenean surroundings, and most particularly of the environment within the boundaries of the Natural Park.
The Centre is on two floors. The ground floor has a reception area and an interesting scale model of the Pyrenees. There is also information about the relationship between man and his environment and the balanced use he made of it, turning it into the mainstay of his economy through livestock raising and sustainable forest management. An Atlantic forest is recreated with its diversity of species, and the different parts of a tree and its uses are explained, as are the tools of the trade.
The second floor is entirely dedicated to the brown bear, its characteristics, routines and habits, and above all, to its contentious relationship with man. Through games and activities, the Centre tries to create awareness about the bear in a fun and interactive way.
The Centre also has several exhibition spaces and a large hall for a variety of functions.
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Anso Tourist Office . [ Jacetania ]