Banyoles is most famous for the Lake of Banyoles, a natural lake located in a tectonic depression. It was the venue for the rowing events in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as well as the "negro of Banyoles", a controversial piece of taxidermy.
With a superb natural environment for the practice of sport, each year a triathlon Premium European Cup (or even an IFC Canoe Marathon World Championship in 2010) is held in Banyoles, the hometown of the Spanish 2011 Champion Carolina Routier. National and regional events take place as well throughout the year, such as the Spanish triathlon championship  and the Championship of Catalonia .
Location in Catalonia
|Comarca||Pla de l'Estany|
|• mayor||Miquel Noguer Planas (2015) (CiU)|
|• Total||11.0 km2 (4.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||172 m (564 ft)|
|• Density||1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The 2004 World Rowing Championships were World Rowing Championships that were held from 27 July to 1 August 2004 in conjunction with the World Junior Rowing Championships on lake Banyoles in Catalonia, Spain. Since 2004 was an Olympic year for rowing, the World Championships did not include Olympic events scheduled for the 2004 Summer Olympics.2008 Volta a Catalunya
The 2008 Volta a Catalunya (88th edition) road cycling race took place from May 19 to May 25, 2008 in Catalonia, Spain. Gustavo César took overall victory, becoming first rider of non-ProTour team to win a ProTour race general classification.2012 ITU Triathlon World Cup
The 2012 ITU Triathlon World Cup was a series of triathlon races organised by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) for elite-level triathletes held during the 2012 season. For 2012, nine races were announced as part of the World Cup series. Each race was held over a distance of 1500 m swim, 40 km cycle, 10 km run (an Olympic-distance triathlon). Alongside a prize purse, points were awarded at each race contributing towards the overall 2012 ITU World Triathlon Series point totals. Eight of the nine stops in the world cup series are repeat destinations, with the stop in Banyoles, Spain being a new venue location for the cup.Alessandro Lodigiani
Alessandro Lodigiani (born 5 September 1980) is an Italian lightweight rower. He won a gold medal at the 2004 World Rowing Championships in Banyoles with the lightweight men's quadruple scull.Alexis Saïtta
Alexis Saïtta (born 29 June 1980) is a French lightweight rower. He won a gold medal at the 2004 World Rowing Championships in Banyoles with the lightweight men's eight.CD Banyoles
Club Deportiu Banyoles is a catalan football team]] based in the city of Banyoles, in the autonomous community of Catalonia. Founded in 1913, it plays in Segona Catalana, holding home games at Estadi Nou Municipal, which has a capacity of 4,000 spectators.Damien Margat
Damien Margat (born 10 April 1983) is a French lightweight rower. He won a gold medal at the 2004 World Rowing Championships in Banyoles with the lightweight men's eight.Lake of Banyoles
Lake of Banyoles (or Estany de Banyoles) is a natural lake located in the comarca "Pla de l'Estany", Province of Girona, in northeastern Catalonia, Spain. It is named after the nearby town of Banyoles, to which it belongs entirely. On the western shore it borders with the town of Porqueres. The lake is approximately 2,100 m by 750 m with an average depth of 15 m that in several points gets down to 46.4 metres. It is located in a natural tectonic depression.
Presently Lake Banyoles is the largest natural lake in Catalonia. Lake Sils, located 33 kn further south, was formerly the largest lake in the area until it was drained in 1851.Negro of Banyoles
The Negro of Banyoles (Catalan: negre de Banyoles) was a controversial piece of taxidermy of a San individual, which used to be a major attraction in the Darder Museum of Banyoles (Catalonia, Spain). In 2000, the remains of the man were sent to Botswana for burial.Nicolas Majerus
Nicolas Majerus (born 15 November 1982) is a French coxswain. He won a gold medal at the 2004 World Rowing Championships in Banyoles with the lightweight men's eight.Nicolas Planque
Nicolas Planque (born 9 November 1976) is a French lightweight rower. He won a gold medal at the 2004 World Rowing Championships in Banyoles with the lightweight men's eight.Palamós–Girona–Banyoles railway
The Flaçà to Palamós, Girona and Banyoles Railway was a 750 mm (2 ft 5 1⁄2 in) gauge railway line that operated over 63 kilometres (39 mi) of track between 1887 and 1956 between Palamós, Girona and Banyoles, in Catalonia, Spain, when the system closed. Opening dates and lengths of the various sections are as follows:
Palamós–Flaçà: 1887; 33 km (21 mi)
Flaçà–Pont Major–Girona: 1921; 16 km (9.9 mi)
Pont Major–Banyoles: 1928; 14 km (8.7 mi)Pla de l'Estany
Pla de l'Estany (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpla ðə ləsˈtaɲ]) is a comarca (county) in Catalonia, Spain. Its name means "plain of the lake", the lake in question being the Lake of Banyoles. Banyoles is also the name of the capital of the comarca and home to over half of its people. Pla de l'Estany was established as a separate comarca in 1988 on the basis of a referendum; prior to that it had constituted the northwest part of the comarca of Gironès. The comarca borders the comarques of Garrotxa, Alt Empordà, and Gironès.
Pla de l'Estany is largely agricultural, but has also long had industries in textiles, furniture, leather, iron, and copper.Porqueres
Porqueres is a municipality located in the county of Pla de l'Estany, in the province of Girona, in the autonomous region of Catalunya of Spain. The municipality is made up of several villages. Mata, Les Pedreres and Miànigues, have the largest part of the population. At the top of the mountain range of Serra de Sant Patllari is the village of Pujarnol. In the west is Porqueres, and on the northern part of the Lake of Banyoles is Usall. Amid the green forests of the Ginestar mountains is the village of Merlant.Rowing at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Men's eight
The men's eight competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics took place at took place at Lake of Banyoles, Spain.Rowing at the 1992 Summer Olympics – Women's eight
The women's eight competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics took place at took place at Lake of Banyoles, Spain.Sant Esteve, Banyoles
Sant Esteve de Banyoles is a Benedictine monastery in Banyoles, Pla de l'Estany, Catalonia, Spain. It was declared as a Bé Cultural d'Interès Nacional landmark in 1973. The monastery was founded before 812.Tivissa
Tivissa is a municipality in the comarca of Ribera d'Ebre, Catalonia, Spain. It is located below the La Llena massif. As well as the village of Tivissa itself, the municipality also includes the village of La Serra d'Almos, at the feet of the Montalt mountains, and the hamlets of Darmós and Llaberia.Vincent Faucheux
Vincent Faucheux (born 29 January 1982) is a French lightweight rower. He won a gold medal at the 2004 World Rowing Championships in Banyoles with the lightweight men's eight.