Top Tours & Activities 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.
- LanguageCatalan and Spanish
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+34
- Best time to visitTo 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
We only had about 15 minutes to see the jewel museum after seeing the paintings and scuptures. The driver got lost in Figueres on the way to the museum. That cost about 20 minutes.Other than that, the tour was a terrific experience. I would say it was a highlight of our stay in Barcelona.
He picked us up from our hotel on time and was a fantastic guide throughout Girona and Dali Museum. Will definitely go somewhere else with him again for his knowledge and friendliness.
I've been studying Salvadore Dali for over a year now, have read the books by him and by others who new him, in an attempt to get to know the man behind the hype and performance. This trip represented a serious investment of my meger resources and turned out to be not only the highlight of my week in Barcelona but probibaly one of the most memorable days excurcion i have ever experienced! Priceless - Not to be missed!
We enjoyed Port Illat the best and liked Cadaques, but found Figueres too busy and crowded and crazy. Not anyone's fault, but just our opinion. We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone interested in Dali !
Our trip was carefully executed and no detail left to chance. The taxi was prompt and efficient, Carla a d Claudia were welcoming and carefully explained the procedure. Laura boarded the train the stop prior to our stop and led up the rest of the way. Laura was always pleasant and taught us so much more than we could have otherwise learned. I recommend this excursion to everyone.