Located at the northeastern part of Catalonia in the county of Pla de l’Estany, it’s considered Catalonia’s largest natural lake.


If you are a nature lover then this is the perfect spot for you! It’s the absolute combination of peace and nature. The lake offers a number of water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing or even swimming (only in authorised parts of the lake). You can rent a rowing boat for €5 per hour or you can take a boat tour on the Tirona boat, which costs €7 per person.


For the dry land people, it also offers a number of walking / jogging paths around the lake and you can find hiking paths in the vicinity. You can rent bikes, mountain bikes or even segways.


The lake is also known for these little houseboats that sit on the water and resemble cute little castles with different shapes and colours.


Although we only spent a few hours here during our road trip we were able to recharge our batteries for the entire road trip. It’s a lovely lake with perfect spots for a picnic and amazing views. We didn’t get to do one because of the cold weather but we will definitely be going back for it! It was the perfect spot for a stroll  with the early morning sunshine!

Let me know if you are planing a visit soon, will be happy to offer you some insights!

··· Tips on how to get to Banyoles ···

From Barcelona:

  • Bus: from Estación de autobuses Barcelona Nord, bus Sagales 602 will take you until Sarrià de Ter where you’ll have to change to another bus with direction Banyoles. The first bus costs between 13€ and 21€ and the rides takes approximately 1h55min. The second part costs between 1€ and 3€ and its a 38 min ride.
  • Car: It will take you approximately 1h and 17 minutes.

From Gerona

  • Car: It will take you approximately 20 minutes.
  • Bus: it’s a 30 min journey. Check the TEISA’s website for more information.



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