756,810 people (as of 2011) live in the province. Its capital and largest city is Girona, with an urban area (including the neighbouring municipalities of Salt, Sarrià de Ter and Vilablareix) representing, with a total population of 134,226, a 17-18% of the population. The Girona area acts as an industrial, commercial and service hub for a significant part of the province.
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 (12km 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.