The lake of Banyoles, located in the town of Banyoles, about a 15-minute drive from Girona, is a natural gem which offers a unique vision of the beauty of Catalonia. Covering 107 hectares, it is the largest lake in Catalonia, and is the proud symbol of this small city.

Lake of Banyoles (Canva)

Stretching 2,128 metres, the lake of Banyoles can be enjoyed in many different ways. For those who wish to explore every corner of this natural paradise, the best option is to circle it on foot or cycling.

The whole perimeter around the lake is about 8 kilometres, which makes it an accessible walk for both adults and children. The path is flat, easy and full of history.

Lake of Banyoles (Canva)

Live history: Fishermen’s houses and neolithic sites

Near the lake one can find small fishermen’s houses dating back to the mid 19th century and early 20th century, which bear witness of the history of the lake. If you go on walking, you will reach the Parc de la Draga, where you can see neolithic sites that will take you back to the very roots of civilisation in this region.

Lake of Banyoles (Canva)

For a different kind of experience, rent a small rowboat and sail into the lake. This will allow you to observe the local fauna and flora with a unique perspective.

Therefore, the lake of Banyoles is a natural gem near the Costa Brava which offers many ways to experience and enjoy its beauty. Whether you walk or cycle around the lake, visit the historic ruins or sail its waters, this Catalan treasure is awaiting, and will offer you an unforgettable experience in nature.