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Banyoles

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The bustling town of Banyoles possesses buildings dating from the 12th century, and grew around a much earlier Benedictine monastery. The town is famous for the pre-Neanderthal Banyoles jaw, a replica of which is in the Museu Archeològic Comarcal Banyoles. This is the oldest remains of a Catalonian.

BanyolesThe buildings make Banyoles appear to be a somewhat drab town on first impressions, but the town is lively, interesting and entertaining. The activity is focussed around the shops, restaurants, bars and galleries of the porticoed Plaça Major. In addition to the Archeological Museum, the Natural History Museum is also worth a visit. Many meals offered here tend to be well flavoured with Garlic.

There is a wide choice of sports for the more energetic with Banyoles having been named as Catalonia's Primary Sports Location. Activities available include Rowing, Canoeing, Cycling, Horse riding, Archery, Climbing, Orienteering and general Activity Centres.

The town is most famous for it's large lake, Estany de Banyoles, which is 2 kilometers from the centre and was the rowing venue for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
Estany de Banyoles
With a length of two kilometres and a perimeter of six kilometers, it is a centre for rowing, hiking, rambling and swimming. Boats are available for hire on the eastern side of the lake. Around the perimeter of the lake there are seven large ponds, including Can Sisó, the water of which inexplicably turns red in winter.

Another attraction, three kilometers north of Banyoles is the Caves - Coves de Sarinyà. Excavations here have revealed over 30,000 objects. Evidence of habitation dating back a hundred thousand years have been discovered, together with remains of elephants, lions and panthers. Cave dwellers would trek to France to return with more suitable material, as the local flints were brittle


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Gerona 18 km 30 mins
Perpignan (France) 90 km 70 mins
Barcelona 118 km 90 mins
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Banyoles Links:

Maps & route planner: ViaMichelin.com
Ajuntamnet of Banyoles: ajBanyoles.org
Catalonia Tourist Office: GenCat.net
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