Top attractions in Figueres
Top 7 things to do in Figueres
Figueres (Catalan for fig trees) is a small, yet very scenic city in Catalonia, approximately 90 miles north of Barcelona. There are eye-catching and huge distinctive buildings and artifacts, paying homage to Figueres born surrealist artist, Salvador Dali (1904-1989).
1. Dali Theatre and Museum
Buried here in a crypt below the stage, Dali's legacy can be felt in this building considered to be his last great work. Take a magical journey through this museum of surrealism and science.
2. Church San Pere
This lovely gothic-style 14th century church is where Dali was baptised and is located next to his museum. It's on the Plaza de Sant Pere de Figueres -- a perfect spot to watch the everyday energy of the city.
3. Castillo de San Fernando
This huge hilltop castle was built in 1752 during the reign of Ferdinand VI of Spain. At its peak, more than 6,000 soldiers were based here at one time, until it was turned into a prison, which was active until 1997.
4. Museu del Joguet
Now that you've embraced Dali's eccentricities and quirks, you should head to the toy museum containing centuries old toys, some of which were donated by famous Spaniards.
5. La Rambla
This is a scaled down version of La Ramblas in Barcelona, lined with tall trees, bars, and cafes. Watch the world go by, at your leisure, along this lovely and vibrant area.
6. Emporda Museum
By now you're in love with the weird and wonderful art of Dali, so why not delve into more Catalan art from the 19th and 20th centuries? Archeology collections are on display as well.
7. Face of Dali
You can greet Dali at the bottom of La Rambla -- where there's a distorted installation of the master's face. If you look in the mirror behind it, it will appear normal.
Planning Your Visit
What are sightseeing options in addition to Dali art?
The beaches on the nearby Costa Brava are wonderful, and you're also near the French border -- so why not explore places like Andorra and Perpignan, for example. There's also an abundance of leisure pursuits to dive into, including: watersports, tennis, horse riding, hiking, and golf.
How do I get there from Barcelona?
You could rent a car which takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to cover 90 miles on the AP7 motorway. You can also take the (RENFE) train which takes around 1 hour and 54 minutes, or jump on a bus for 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Good to know
- Catalan and Spanish
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- To be honest, any time of year is good. Due to its northern location, temperatures are slightly lower here than in other parts of Spain. Average summer daytime temperatures are around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. During winter temperatures are around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. So you'll have it pretty good year-round to explore Figueres!
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What people are saying about Figueres
First, the hotel/lodging location pick up and drop off was fantastic. Our guide Oriol was excellent. His knowledge on Dali and on details was impressive. There was no question he could not answer. His knowledge about the region and on Spain was all extremely valuable. He is also a very likable guy to spend the day with. The group is maximum at 8 guests and there is no cancellation regardless of how many have signed up. That is also excellent. His recommendation for things to do while at the sites and on our own have all been spot on. I needed to use an ATM and Oriol provided assistance to find on en route and provided help to ensure that is was done. Greatly appreciated. I would recommend him highly. Many little touches of high service and care that are too numerous to mention. I would recommend to to anyone interested in a Dali day with an expert. It was great to experience the Dali Theatre museum, and to see his home along the shore.
Our guide Gloria and driver Marcelo were brilliant. Very well organised and everything ran to a good schedule with enough time to look around the museum in Figures, lunch at Cadaques and Port Lligat. Gloria was really enthusiastic and knowledgable. She told us all about Dali, his childhood, upbringing, friendship and relationships that shaped him into the artist he became. She came into the museum explaining some pieces of art and then left us to explore. We then made our way to Cadaques where Dali lived with as a child, we have time to stop for lunch overlooking the seafront and a walk to the church. Next stop Dali’s home in Port Lligat, she came around the house with us and the guide. We had time to explore the gardens. I can’t express how well the tour is put together, didn’t feel rushed and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Beautiful scenery and places to visit.
We had a wonderful experience with our guide Gloria and driver Marcelo. Gloria was very passionate and knowledgeable about Dalí, and we learned quite a bit thanks to her! She was filled with facts and really made the museum come to life. We also loved getting to walk around Cadaques on a beautiful day! We would absolutely recommend the tour.
Very well timed and satisfying tour of Girona and Dali Museum. Informative, fun and relaxing. Leaves enough free time, too.
Girona is beautiful. The Dali museum is fantastic. Also, our guide, Ruben, was excellent.