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Do you know Banyoles?
In the heart of the countryside, halfway between the Costa Brava and the Girona Pyrenees, in a region called Pla de l’Estany, lies the small town of Banyoles and its famous natural lake, the largest lake in the Iberian Peninsula.
Offering the perfect blend of historical and archaeological treasures, you’ll adore losing yourself in the little streets of this Catalan municipality with its authentic ambiance and mellow lifestyle. As you explore its historical centre, you’ll be able to glimpse the Sant Estève Monastery standing squarely on the Plaça del Monestir. Continue your route along the Carrer Nou, one of the town’s oldest arteries, lined by time-worn buildings dating from the 13th to 15th centuries. A few narrow streets further on and you’ll reach the Plaça Mayor: the oldest square in Banyoles. In existence since the 13th century, this sumptuous square has continued to welcome the town’s market since that time. And if you’re lucky enough to be there on market-day, take time out to explore the stalls, you’ll find plenty of high quality produce and specialities from inland Catalonia.
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After visiting the historical centre, there are a host of other places to discover around this village so typical of Catalonia! Take your pick from the Museu Arqueològic Comarcal with its innumerable remains dating from the pre-Neanderthal period, or the fascinating Serinyà caves.
But above all, you really should get out and explore the glorious nature that surrounds you: hiking, horse riding, archery or orienteering, there’s an outdoor activity to suit everyone! And not forgetting Banyoles Lake, perfect for swimming, boating or simply relaxing in the shade!
So, what are you waiting for to head off and explore Banyoles, its old town and its surrounding area?