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The Best of Figueres: Top 5 Must-See Attractions

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Figueres, a charming destination just a short trip away from Barcelona, offers a delightful contrast to its larger counterparts like Girona. Its name, derived from the Catalan word for fig trees, “Figueres,” is a nod to its lush surroundings. Serving as the capital of Alt Empordà in Catalunya, Figueres beckons travelers with a wealth of attractions, including historic sites and museums. It holds a special place in the heart of art enthusiasts as the birthplace of Salvador Dali, and the Dali Museum stands as a testament to his creative genius. Whether you choose to travel by car, train, or guided tour, this article will guide you to Figueres’ top five must-see attractions, ensuring you make the most of your visit.

Sant Ferran Castle

Nestled in the heart of Figueres, Sant Ferran Castle stands as an 18th-century military fortress of grandeur. Restored to its former glory and now functioning as a museum, this site offers a serene alternative to the bustling tourist spots. It’s not a very busy tourist location and because of that it is worth a visit. Sometimes we don’t pay attention to the beauty of the place just because it is too crowded.

To make the most of your visit, be sure to check the opening hours on the official website.

Parish church of St. Peter

St. Peter’s Church in Figueres is an old Gothic building that has been an important part of the town for a very long time. It has a beautiful exterior with detailed carvings and a tall bell tower. Inside, you’ll find a peaceful atmosphere with high, arched ceilings, colorful stained glass windows, and fancy altars. The church has been a place for people to worship and come together for many years, making it a significant part of Figueres’ history and culture. Also the church is a great reference for sketching, so get out your sketching tools!

Museum of Salvador Dali

The museum, housed within a former city theater, carries the legacy of Salvador Dali. The artist’s journey from childhood inspiration to the Civil War’s destruction of the theater and the subsequent transformation into a museum is captivating. Reconstruction began In 1968 and the museum opened its door to the public in 1974. It showcases a vast collection of Dali’s works spanning his entire career, from paintings and sculptures to mechanical devices and jewelry. A true highlight is the surreal living room that morphs into the face of Mae West at a specific angle. Additionally, the museum features works from other notable artists, such as El Greco, Bougereau, Marcel Duchamp, and John de Andrea.

The fascinating fact is that Salvador Dali was buried in the museum in a crypt beneath the stage. Regardless of your artistic inclinations, this museum is a must-visit.

More information about the museum find on official site.

Technical Museum of the Empordà

Technical  museum was opened about 30 years ago. It has an amazing collection of more than 3,000 antique machines from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum takes you to the journey back in technological time with no smartphones and laptops. The most impressive is the collection of typewriters, where you can find rare and one of a kind machines. Some of them are built to type music and ones that use the Moon alphabet, with different sizes and shapes. Also you can find here a fascinating collection of old sewing machines, clocks, and telephones. The museum is relatively small, but if you like rare antique artifacts and want to experience time travel, this place is for you.

The Museum of the Empordà

The Museum de l’Empordà, an art museum, has a rich history dating back to 1885, when it’s first collection comes from Prado museum of Madrid. It showcases an extensive collection of works, uniting Catalan artists like Sorolla, Casas, Nonell, Sacharoff and Tàpies. And those from the Empordà region, including iconic figures like Dalí, Santos, Reig, Vallès, Planells, Massanet, Gabriel and Mitjà. The museum also features an archaeological collection from Roman and Greek times, medieval art, and 19th and 20th-century paintings. Its building was constructed in 1946, with doors opening to the public in 1971. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, an artist, or simply curious, this museum is a must-visit.

Get more information on the official site.

When planning your visit to Figueres, consider pairing it with a trip to Girona, as they are conveniently located close to each other. Explore my guide on “Things to Do in Girona” and “Museums of Girona“. With these recommendations, your trip to Figueres promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Have an amazing trip!

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