Banyoles Lake

Address:Passeig Gaudí, 11. 17820 Banyoles
Price: free of charge

Banyoles’ charm lies in its lake, the Estany de Banyoles, circled by wooded hills and reached by a clearly signposted main road from the town centre. Fed by underground streams, the lake is up to 62 m deep in parts and is surrounded by seven estanyols, or ponds, including the Estanyol Can Sisó, which inexplicably turns red in the winter, and the Estanyol Nou (“new”), which right round it (8km) along a clearly marked path; bikes can be rented from Las Vegas, Passeig Draga 2, near the mini-train stop.A third of the way round, walking southwest, you come to the lovely twelfth-century Església de Santa Maria, a waterside church with low, sculpted capitals around the door. Some 3km further, before coming full circle, you’ll see a detour signposted to the Mirador (“Belvedere”), a climb of roughly 500m rewarded by fabulous views over the lake.

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Panoramique du Lac Banyoles, Girona, Costa Brava

Barca de paseo por el lago de Banyoles, Costa Brava

Llac Banyoles

Canals de rec al voltant del llac de Banyoles

Antigua casa de pescadores sobre el lago de Bañolas

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    Romanesque church located near the Banyoles lake and consecrated in the twelfth century. Access to it is very easy, since it is next to the road, and has parking. From simple portal, the interior reveals that the main apse is formed by several little apses and two side chapels. There's a triumphal at the entrance to the chancel. To the right of the this little church is the rectory, and left the cemetery, with graves of past centuries, and a small covered space called comunidor, where in ancient times the priest blessed the four winds to wish for a good harvest.

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    Clot d'Espolla is a temporary pond formed in the north of Lake Banyoles, less than 2 kms from it, and that feeds from some springs under the rocks in its basement. Under these holes goes out overflowing groundwater from the mountains of the region of high Garrotxa, north-west. That is why we find it in its glory in the rainy season and is dry in summer. This pond also raise the triops cranciformes, some crustaceans whose eggs are kept in the mud for months and who develop in the rainy season, when they grow until to 2 or 3 cm.

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    Vilauba Roman Villa is located just over 1 kilometer south of Lake Banyoles, in the village of Camós, and was occupied between centuries II BC until the VII century A.C. Some objects and little statues that have been found here are showed in the Archaeological Museum of Banyoles, where guided tours are organised to visit this place. The site is fenced but it is visible clearly from the road. Of the remains preserved we infer that this villa was dedicated to make wine and olive oil.