Top attractions 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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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We took five excursions on our Mediterranean holiday and Jessica was the most cordial, considerate and knowledgeable of them all. The wealth of information she imparted about the Dalí works of art and Girona’s significant history was amazing. Only two criticisms kept this from a 5 star rating: the tour description should have included the difficult physical exertion required to traverse Girona’s old quarter - my wife had to forgo this portion of the tour. Finally, for the signicant cost of this tour, transportation back to the hotel should have been provided.
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.
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.
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!
Would highly recommend this tour. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed both cities and especially the Dali Museum - which is a must see. Vin was extremely knowledgeable about the museum and Dali's work which gave us great insight and appreciation. Thanks Vin for a wonderful day!