Banyoles

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Banyoles
Municipality
Aerea estany de banyoles.png
Coat of arms of Banyoles
Coat of arms
Banyoles is located in Spain
Banyoles
Banyoles
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°7′10″N 2°45′59″E / 42.11944°N 2.76639°E / 42.11944; 2.76639Coordinates: 42°7′10″N 2°45′59″E / 42.11944°N 2.76639°E / 42.11944; 2.76639
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Catalonia
Province Girona
Comarca Pla de l'Estany
Judicial district Girona
Government
 • Alcalde Miquel Noguer Planas (2007) (CiU)
Area
 • Total 11.1 km2 (4.3 sq mi)
Elevation 172 m (564 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 17,917
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Demonym Banyolí
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 17820
Website Official website

Banyoles (Catalan pronunciation: [bəˈɲɔɫəs]) is a city of 17,309 inhabitants (2006) located in the province of Girona in northeastern Catalonia, Spain.

The town is the capital of the Catalan comarca "Pla de l'Estany". Although an established industrial centre many of the inhabitants commute to nearby Girona (12 km to the south).

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.

Each year a triathlon Premium European Cup (or even a World Cup in 2012) is held in Banyoles, the hometown of the Spanish 2011 Champion Carolina Routier.

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