The city of Banyoles is the county town of Pla de l’Estany, near Girona. The lake was the reason why this area was settled in Mediaeval times and has since become the icon of this city. The historic centre was built following construction of the Benedictine monastery of Sant Estève, leading to the old quarter of the city that dates back to the 9th century.
This is the largest natural lake on the Iberian Peninsula. It was used for rowing events during the 1992 Olympic Games and hosted the 2004 World Rowing Championships. The Catalan government has included it in its Outstanding Natural Areas Protection Plan. It is considered to be the largest karstic structure on the Iberian Peninsula and a unique location in terms of geology, ecology, landscape and culture.
For more information:
- The town of Banyoles, Banyoles City Council website
- Lake of Banyoles Natural Park, Consortium of the Lake
- Map of the route around Banyoles Lake Map of the route around Banyoles Lake
- Kayaking on Banyoles Lake with Sportravelling