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Benasque (Spanish: [beˈnaske]; in Benasquese dialect: Benás; Aragonese: Benás) (local pronunciation: [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.
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).
The regional language of Benasque is a Catalan–Aragonese 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.
- [As shown in the http://benasque.aragob.es:443/cgi-bin/BRSCGI?CMD=VEROBJ&MLKOB=167404590505 Archived 2009-04-23 at the Wayback Machine Legislative Decree 2/2006] of 27 December, of the Government of Aragon, by the revised text of the Law on Comarcal Demarcation of Aragon is approved.]
- Toponyms: towns with local name in Aragonese in Great Aragonese Encyclopedia
- Benasque Guide
- Benasque Guide
- Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual
- Benasqués - an article about the culture and the language of Benasque in Gran Enciclopedia Aragonesa OnLine (in Spanish)
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