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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  • August 20, 2017
    Fantastic to visit either as a couple, with family, with friends or with children. You can rent a boat and paddle, is can take a bath, or simply stroll by your about. There are also bars and restaurants to the Lake to enjoy excellent views.
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  • August 19, 2017
    We were staying in Girona and took a quick trip up to Besalu We noticed Banyoles was on the way. We stopped by real quick for a few pictures. Looked like a great place to kayak. There also seemed to b...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    We have been 2 days in a row. The environment is very quiet, perfect for a family with children day. It is not crowded like the beaches and will not have large queues. If you like to walk you have a perimeter all around the Lake. The 2 days we were in a bar with access directly to the Lake, perfect. At the end of the walk is the other option which is the club of Banyoles, but is a very expensive option since we were told that access for all day was €11 per person, and honestly the difference with the previous bar is an area of grass and a small park for children. The water temperature is another attraction to take into account. Repeat safe.
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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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