Banyoles and the surrounding Pla de l’Estany may be a small area in terms of size but it has a sports tradition dating back a long way. This sports destination boasts over 80 sports facilities hosting 22 different types of sport, including rowing, canoeing, cycling and mountain biking, swimming, triathlon and running. There are over 40 sports activity providers in the area.
With more than 56 sporting events per year, of which at least 17 are international level competitions, Banyoles has plenty of experience in organizing top sports events. It was one of the venues for the 1992 Olympic Games, it organized the World Rowing Championship in 2004, the European University Rowing Championship in 2007, the World Rowing Cup in 2009 and the Banyoles ITU Triathlon Premium European Cup in 2011.