Ansião is a busy and lively market town as well as a municipality in Central Portugal and district of Leiria. The population in 2011, which was when the last count was carried out, was 13,000. The municipality of Ansião is comprised of six parishes.
- Chão de Couce
- Santiago da Guarda
António Domingues of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), is the current President of Ansião.
The municipality is bordered by Penala, Soure, Figuueiró dos Vinhos, Alvaiázere and Pombal.
Ansião is located between the Nabão River and the Serra da Estrela. The town has memorial and heritage registries that date back to Roman and Arab times. It received it’s charter in 1142. In 1175 it was first mentioned in official documents. It was due to the administrative reform carried out during the reign of King Manuel that Ansião received its’ second charter and a time of prosperity began. This culminated when King Afonso VI elevated Ansião to the category of town after the Portuguese Restoration.
Ansião is a mid-sized town and offers the facilities and amenities that would be expected of a town of this size. These include;
- Two Creches in the town, one being public and the other private.
- Schools ranging from pre-school through to secondary.
- Indoor swimming pools.
- Indoor gymnasium for sports; basketball, football, etc.
- Tennis courts.
- The cultural centre in Ansião has a number of events throughout the year and these mainly consist of music and theatrical events.
- There are a good variety of cafes and restaurants in Ansião.
- The public park has been beautifully designed and is a wonderful place to spend a day with the family. There is a very good cafe at the park called the Garden Cafe.
In the town, there is an Intermarche supermarket where you can buy everything you need for day-to-day living. There is a variety of other shops including; hardware, dry cleaners, florist, fruit and veg, hairdressers, computer and electrical shop.
Other services include; veterinarians, accountants, banks, lawyers.