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Figueres is a town in NE Catalonia, capital of Alt Emporda county (province of Girona). It is located 40km north from Girona and 140kn north east from Barcelona. I guess most people come from these 2 cities as there’s frequent bus and train connection. We took the train from Barcelona and we were there in 130’.
Figueres would be just a typical small town of Catalonia but became famous because Salvador Dali was born and died in Figueres (1904-1989). In 1974 he turned the old theatre of Figueres into a surrealistic museum. This museum is the main attraction of Figueres and one of the most popular museums in Spain (it gets packed during the summer months).
The Old Town is pleasant with many narrow streets, some squares for relaxation while Dali conqueres everything, cafes and restaurants refer to him, stores selling souvenirs etc Apart from Dali museum you can also visit the Toy Museum of Catalonia and Emporda museum
Figueres Tourist Information office is located at Pça. del Sol
Telephone:(+34) 972 503 155
from July 15th to September 15th, two more tourist offices in:
- railway station
- Gala - Salvador Dalí square
The town's name derives from that of Ficaris, of Visigoth origins. In 1267, King James I of Aragon conceded it fuero rights, but four years later count Ponç IV of Empúries set the town on fire.
During the Spanish Civil War, it remained loyal to the Republican government, and was repeatedly bombed by the rebels. Figueres recovered starting from the 1950s, consolidating its economy around the tourism industry.
Theatre museu Gala Salvador Dali is obviously a museum dedicated to Salvador Dali (1904-1989) and his work. In was back... more travel advice
Museu del Joguet is a the Toy Museum of Catalonia and unlike the packed Dali museum here there was no visitors inside!... more travel advice
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