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Lake Banyoles, Banyoles

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The largest lake in the province of Catalonia, Lake Banyoles offers both relaxation and a multitude of aquatic activities. With a shoreline of 9.3 km (5.8 mi), this 2.1 km (1.3 mi) long lake is ringed by tree-covered hills, small towns, and green spaces. Hike around the lake and the surrounding forests on a network of trails that connect the town of Banyoles with neighboring villages. Take a dip in one of the many swimming areas, or rent a canoe or kayak to explore. The lake hosted the rowing events for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Grab a drink and a bite to eat at one of the many cafes along the shore, many of which serve local freshwater fish, such as carp, pike, and eel. Bicycles and scooters are available for rent at facilities along the waterfront, along with English-language boat tours traversing the lake. Take a look at our Banyoles trip planning app to schedule your visit to Lake Banyoles and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Beautiful setting. Places to swim, places to have a drink. Enjoyed our time there, looking at the fish and wildlife with the kids.  more »
  • We take a bus in Girona to visit Besalu and after lunch we stopped in Banyoles to visit the lake. It was a Saturday afternoon and I expected to find a promenade with many people walking and enjoying.....  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful place definitely worth a visit been every year for the last 3 years
  • Nice lake, calm environment. Visited at the end of july and it was not very busy. I recommend rowing, it doesn’t cost much (5 euro per person) and is really fun! Be aware, if you are not used to it, it is more difficult than it seems.
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