Washing in the canal

Rec Major, Banyoles (Catalonia)

The town of Banyoles boasts a medieval network of small canals (‘recs’) constructed by the monks of the monastery further inland to reconduct water of the lake to their allotments.

Some inhabitants still use the ‘rec’ as a wash basin (‘safareig’) that every village and town traditionally had and where women used to gather to wash, and exchange their experiences as well as the latest gossip.