The birthplace of the renowned surreal artist Salvador Dali and the capital of the Alt Empordà region, Figueres is a historic Catalan city known to the world as the home of the extraordinary Teatre-Museu Dali – the second most visited museum in Spain. Apart from the regular sightseeing, the wonderful city of Figueres makes a great place to spend a day or two, to admire its sheer beauty which can be seen in the city’s fine buildings plus some other great museums.
1. A Monument of Surreal Beauty
The first thing that comes to mind when you lay your eyes on the magnificent red building ornamented with giant eggs
and Oscar-like statues is Salvador Dali. A perfect resting place for the master of surrealism, the museum displays the single largest and the most diverse collections of works covering the artistic career of Dali, from his early experiences and surrealistic creations through to his final works.
- Name: Teatre Museu Dali
- Address: Gala-Salvador Dalí Square 5, Figueres 17600, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972677500
- Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 09:30 to 17:15
- Website: http://www.salvador-dali.org/
2. Relive your childhood in the Toy Museum
Take a look inside the beautiful Toy Museum of Catalonia to recall your childhood with over 4000 items in the display from miniature theater sets and Meccano constructions to animal figurines and spinning tops. Among the other interesting displays are the cardboard animals, early board games, doll houses, tricycles, scooters, steam engines, along with toys of famous personalities, including Dali.
- Name: Museu del Joguet de Catalunya
- Address: Carrer de Sant Pere, 1, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972504585
- Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 10:00 to 18:30, Sat 10:00 to 19:30 & Sun 11:00 to 14:30
- Website: http://www.mjc.cat/
3. Awe-inspired by the Museu De L’Empordà
The beautiful Museu De L’Empordà houses one of the country’s foremost art collections that goes all the way back to the 7th-century sculptures through to the rotating collections of contemporary art. If you’re a cultural buff, this is just the place for you. Amongst the permanent exhibitions are the Archaeological collections, along with the paintings and sculptures from the early 19th century and medieval sculptures from the Prado Museum.
- Name: Museu De L’Empordà
- Address: Carrer de la Rambla, 2, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972502305
- Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00 to 19:00, Sun 11:00 to 14:00
- Opening Hours: http://www.museuemporda.org/
4. Museu de la Tècnica de l’ Empordà – a Stroll in the Past
On a Sunday morning, some thirty years back, Pere Pedrosa went out for a stroll around the town and laid eyes on an old typewriter in one of the stalls at the Sunday Market. That typewriter turned out to be the first object in the collection that is today on exhibits in the Technical Museum of Empordà. Since then, the typewriter has been accompanied by ancient clocks, sowing machines, telephones, heaters and other typewriters in the museum that you can visit today.
- Name: Museu de la Tecnica de L’Empordà
- Address: Carrer dels Fossos, 12, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972508820
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 16:15 to 19:00
- Website: http://www.mte.cat/
5. Tour the Ancient Military Fortification
Situated atop a hill in Figueres, at the end of Pujada del Castell, the Sant Ferran Castle is a large military fortification built in the 18th century under the orders of several military engineers, including Joan M. Cermeño and Pere M. Cermeño. The castle occupies 32 hectares area within a perimeter of 3,120 meters, while the cisterns under the courtyard hold up to 40 million liters of water.
- Name: Sant Ferran Castle
- Address: Pujada del Castell, S/N, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972514585
6. Peek Inside the Teatre Municipal El Jardí
If you’re in a mood for some off-the-beat sightseeing, take a look inside this interesting theater which was among the best theaters in the city in the 1920s. The theater hosts dance shows, circus, music events, family shows, and at times, opera. Over time, El Jardi has started to welcome renowned theater companies such as Els Joglars, Els Comediants and Dagoll Dagom.
- Name: Teatre Municipal El Jardi
- Address: Plaça Josep Pla, s/n, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972501911
7. Explore the Catalan Gothic Architecture – Sant Pere Church
This parish church of Figueres is a perfect example of Catalan Gothic style and the place where the renowned artist Salvador Dali was baptized. The church was severely destroyed during the Civil War but a restoration work from 1941 to 1948 restored the church to its present form, however, the remains of the early structure can be found here within its walls.
- Name: Sant Pere Church
- Address: Carrer de l’Esglèsia, 8, 17600 Figueres, Girona, Spain
- Phone: +34972500325
8. Enjoy the Wines of Empordà
If not for the cultural tour, come and enjoy a great selection of wines from the Empordà region and stand witness to the wine tastings and other gastronomical events. Beautifully embraced by the sea and the mountains, the Empordà region has established itself as an acclaimed producer of unique and exclusive wines, with the capacity to stand among the elite wine producers around the world.
9. Experience the Fabulous Shopping Scene
Figueres is widely known for a city with a commercial vocation and the only city in the Girona Province to have a pedestrian shopping zone in the city center. It’s a tempting location and a shopper’s paradise with a remarkable blend of the old and new. You can find all the premium clothing brands like Zara and Benetton, and at the same time, the city has its fair share of old-school locally owned shops.
10. Explore the Delectable Culinary Scene
Take a stroll along the majestic town of Figueres and enjoy a sip of coffee in one of the several traditional cafes or dine at the very heart of the city which is hailed as a birthplace of modern Catalan cuisine. The restaurants in the city serve all kinds of cuisine from regional to Western to satisfy every appetite. Enjoy a great meal amid great scenery in Figueres to fill up your culinary desires.
Have a good trip and travel!