The Catalonian town of Figueres is on the map for one big reason, and his name is Salvador Dalí. Spain’s famous surrealist was born here, and the museum he designed to display his work ranks among the most visited museums in Spain. Come for Dalí, stay for the restaurants, shopping streets, and the 18th-century fortress.
The vast majority of travelers to Figueres come for the city's star attraction: the Dalí Theatre-Museum in the heart of the old town. Many guided tours to Dalí’s birthplace include a visit to the famed museum, as well as a short walking tour of the surrounding streets. Day trips to Figueres can be combined with other regional destinations, the most popular being medieval Girona and the whitewashed seaside village of Cadaqués, where Dalí vacationed with his family as a young man. Figueres makes up one point in the so-called Salvador Dalí Triangle, along with Dalí’s former house in Portlligat and the Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol. Set aside at least two days if you want to visit all three.Things to Know Before You Go
- Figueres is a must-visit for Dalí aficionados and Girona day-trippers.
- Book your museum tickets ahead of time, particularly when visiting during the summer.
- Plan to spend at least half a day in Figueres, visiting the museum and walking around the old town.
- Bring a few euro coins with you for some worthwhile interactive features inside the museum.
How to Get There
Figueres is connected by high-speed rail to Barcelona Sants, via Girona; the journey takes about 55 minutes. While there is bus service between Barcelona, Girona, and Figueres, it is much faster and easier to take the train.When to Get There
Since many visitors to Barcelona make a detour to Figueres to see the Dalí museum, it can get quite busy during the summer high season (July and August). Come between November and March and you’ll find the town largely free of crowds.
Saint Ferran Castle (Castell de Sant Ferran)
While most visitors stop in Figueres just long enough to visit the Dalí museum, the town is home to another worthwhile attraction that far fewer people visit: Castell de Sant Ferran. This 18th-century fortress ranks among the largest in Europe, spanning some 79 acres (32 hectares) just northwest of the city center.