The lake of Banyoles is well-known beyond the borders, not least because of the numerous sports and leisure activities. However, it is also a unique area of great interest with respect to geology, ecology, culture and landscape.
Estany de Banyoles
Immediately upon our arrival we felt really comfortable on Lake Banyoles. It radiates tranquility and we forget about stress and hectic. Not least due to the nature around the lake, the clear green water, the ducks and the snow capped mountains of the Pyrenees in the background.
The lake lies in a tectonic valley and has been formed 250,000 years ago. It has a perimeter of 6,650 m, is 2150 m long, 750 m wide and has an average depth of 15 m. The maximum depth is 132 m. It was the ideal venue for the rowing competitions at the 1992 Olympics and the 2004 World Rowing Championships.
Before the Tourist Infomation the twinhull excursion boat Tirona from Naviliera les Goges is waiting for us.
With captain Xavier Hernandez Guillen we make a round trip across the lake.
The nature around the lake is beautiful and a unique idyll. We only see a few people. There are a few walkers and cyclists on the road, others made picnic or a trip with a rowboat.
Our knowledgeable and friendly guides Vikki Benito and Txell Pujol gave us a lot information about the region and its people, the lake and its story.
The clear water allows a look at the bottom of the lake, on which large stone slabs have formed. These are travertine rocks that have formed over the years by the biochemical processes characteristic of a lacustrine basin.
In the lake you will find a wide variety of fish. Some of them have been introduced and started to endanger the population of native species. The Consorci de l’Estany Association has carried out a number of projects to encourage the recovery of threatened native species.
On the eastern shore you can see the Pesqueres, a main identifying feature of the lake of Banyoles. They were built in the 19th century and served as platforms for fishing. Today they are for recreational activities and private use. Since 1996 they are listed as a Cultural Asset of National Interest in the category Historic Gardens.
Vikki Benito and Txell Pujol also cater for our physical well-being and served a picnic with delicious local dishes.
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