Banyoles, a medium sized town close to Girona is famed for its lake. Scene of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic rowing events the lake serves as the central hub and focus of the town and is a popular training location for rowing teams from around Europe. With the increased popularity of triathlons Banyoles is also becoming one of the main locations for triathlons in Europe with the world cup being held here in 2012.
However one does not need to be an Olympic rower or triathlete to enjoy the charms of the lake. At around 2kms long and with a perimeter of just over 6kms the lake makes for the perfect mid morning or afternoon stroll. It is also possible to hire canoes and bikes.
If you are planning a day trip to Banyoles a good idea would be to do this on a Wednesday when the weekly market is spread out between “Placa Major” and the large “Placa de Rodes” which is close to the lake. The market mainly consists of fruit and vegetables, cured meats and cheeses with many of the stalls offering local and organic products. The market starts early at around 08.00am and starts closing up around 13.00
Some recommended restaurants in Banyoles include;
Famed for its seafood Gils is a popular lunchtime destination for locals. Located close to the lake. http://www.marisqueriagils.com/
La Magrana (The Pomegranate) is a small family run restaurant in the old quarter of the town offering a modern twist on traditional Catalan dishes using fresh seasonal produce. http://www.restaurantlamagrana.cat/restaurant-banyoles/
Can Xabanet is another family ran restaurant located just between Placa de Rodes and the lake. Traditional flavoursome dishes in a friendly atmospheric setting. http://www.canxabanet.cat/ca/