Banyoles Lake © Lelik
Just north of Girona, the historic lakeside town of Banyoles is well known for hosting international rowing events. But it is also a fun, attractive, and interesting place to visit and perhaps work off some energy in a pedal-boat or on a bicycle. The bright blue lake itself is the only one in the world fed by two merging subterranean rivers. There are numerous options available to those wanting to take to the water, from a swimming dock to cruises or hire boats, and a grassy bank for sunbathers or a network of shady footpaths for those who prefer the shore. The town of Banyoles dates from 812, having developed around a Benedictine monastery. Its old section is full of fascinating ancient buildings, including the Sant Esteve de Banyoles Monastery, the Gothic Church of Santa Maria dels Turers, and the Gothic palace called the Pia Almoina. The natural history and archaeological museums are worth visiting, and all are centred around a lovely arcaded square where a traditional market has been held every Wednesday since medieval times.
Address: Tourist Office: 25 Passeig de la Industria.
Telephone: Tourist Office: +34 972 575 573