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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).

Dali Theatre and Museum

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.

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.

Castillo de San Fernando

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.

Museu del Joguet
Photo: Rude Mortensen@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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.

La Rambla

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.

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.

Face of Dali
Photo: Becks@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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 Figueres 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

  • Language
    Catalan and Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • 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

Great value very professionally run fun and informative tour.

This was a fabulous experience from start to finish. Clear, easy directions to meeting place. High quality small well maintained vehicles with safe, professional, happy and very knowledgeable tour guide drivers. The Dali Tour is a ‘must’ if in Spain. I learnt and saw so many new things and it was such a memorable enjoyable day. App really well designed and easy to use. Particularly good that it’s available offline too.

An excellent day to get an in depth sense of who Dali was.

This was a great tour, not receiving 5 stars only because it was a bit rushed, but there was a lot packed in. Our guide, Lorea, was great with the commentary, easy to understood, and fun too! Would highly recommend to any Dali fan. The museum, displaying the breadth of his work in many mediums, and his home/studio gave me an even greater appreciation of Dali.

Great experience, wonderful tour and excellent guide!

We highly recommend doing a tour with this company, our driver/guide Jordie was amazing, kind, thoughtful and shared so much information about each stop on our tour... it really made the day great! We had a small group of 5 and were given ample time at each place to explore, learn, and enjoy without the ‘tour bus’ feel!

An awesome day out to a ancient town and an eccentric museum

We recommend this tour to anyone who have not been to the ancient city of Girona. Our guide has been very informative providing us with the history of the town and also some local tips for food and experiences.

Everything was perfect, except for the fact that the bus had no WC

The guides were very professional and the value of the tour was just right. The bus was clean and well driven. The only thing is that it didn’t have a WC so people had to plan their restroom visits.