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Lake Banyoles, Girona

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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. To visit Lake Banyoles on your trip to Girona, use our Girona vacation builder.
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  • Banyoles is easy to get to from Girona by bus (every 30 minutes) and the trip takes about 25 Minutes. The 8km walk around this small lake is beautiful and takes about 2 hours. Well worth the effort to...  more »
  • If you want a not too taxing walk which provides easy access to tranquillity and amazing scenery this is for you. The circuit of the lake takes you on well paved paths through native woodlands with ab...  more »
  • We biked from Olot to Bagnoles, 20 miles each way on a very hilly road, with some very pleasant stretches once we climbed the big hill out of Olot.We did this on a Sunday, and encountered a fair amoun...  more »

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Consider lodging along the Onyar River for iconic views of the buildings that overhang the water. A guesthouse on one of the Girona's narrow old town streets is convenient for walking tours of the city.
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