Poblado Ibérico is an archeological park with excavations from a 6th Century B.C. Iberian settlement. This is one of the largest such sites in northeastern Spain.
The little town of Bañolas has an archeological museum (to the east of the Plaça Major) displaying finds from the surrounding area.
San Esteban (Sant Esteve)
On the east side of Bañolas is the church of San Esteban, originally founded in the ninth century, destroyed by French troops in 1665 and thereafter rebuilt in Neo-Classical style. It contains a very beautiful Gothic retablo, the Retaule de la Mare de Deu de l'Escala (by Joan Antigo, 1437-39).
Lago de Banolas
16km/10mi northwest of Bañolas on C 150, on the Río Fluvia (Catalan Riu Fluvià), is Besalú (alt. 151m/495ft), a little town which has preserved its medieval character. In the center of the old town is the arcaded Plaza Mayor (Catalan Plaça Major).
San Vicente (Sant Vincenç)
Northwest of the Plaça Major is the Late Romanesque parish church of San Vicente, with a 16th century tower. On the southeast side is the fine Porta de Sant Rafael, with a round-headed arch and figural capitals.
San Pedro (Sant Pere)
South of the Plaça Major is the massive church of San Pedro, one of the finest Romanesque churches in Catalonia. The columns on either side of the middle window in the otherwise undecorated west front have richly carved figural capitals and are flanked by two figures of lions. Opposite the church is a handsome mansion, the Casa Cornelià.
Castellfullit, 16km/10mi west of Besalú on C 150, is fantastically situated on a spur of basalt which falls almost vertically down to the Riu Fluvià. Near the outermost tip of the crag, high above the abyss, is the old church.