Figueres is a very easy Barcelona day trip, Known for being the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, this city of deep Catalan roots offers visitors the opportunity to visit the Dalí Theater-Museum, dedicated to the brilliant surrealist painter. A cultural offer that is completed with several museums and a calendar full of parties and events spread throughout the year.
Figueres also has an important monumental heritage, is a city full of tourist attractions, I have made an easy list of places you could visit in town, but as it os a small city, you can just walk around and explore by yourself to To marvel at this magical small town.
What to visit at Figueras;
1.- Medieval walls, as well as abundant examples of modernist and neoclassical architecture that appear scattered throughout the centre of the city.
2.-Castle of Sant Ferran, On the outskirts, dominating the city on a hill fort that was built in the eighteenth century. Its colossal dimensions and its more than three kilometres of the perimeter make it one of the largest in Europe.
3.-The historical centre of Figueres is delimited by vestiges of its old wall, raised in the Middle Ages to defend the town.
4.-Plaza del Ayuntamiento, remodelled in neoclassical style and where the consistorial building stands, or the surroundings of Magre St, where the old Jewish quarter was located.
5.-La Rambla is the main walk and authentic axis of the city. This lively commercial street concentrates the most ambitious architectural projects of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, driven mostly by the booming local bourgeoisie of the time.
6.– Sant Pere church built originally in Romanesque style, the parochial temple was rebuilt in the XIV century under Gothic canons. Subsequently were added some elements such as the cruise and the apse, both of the eighteenth century
7.-Chapel of Sant Sebastià, of medieval origin and refurbished at the beginning of the s. XVII
8.- Convent of the Caputxins, complex built in the eighteenth century
9 .- The Dalí Theater-Museum, located in the old municipal theatre, becomes one of the main cultural events of the city. Designed by the artist himself, it contains an important exhibition that, through numerous works, allows you to take a tour of the trajectory of the one who was considered a master of Surrealism. The enclosure was enlarged with the Galatea Tower, where the brilliant painter died.
10.-Museum of the Toy of Catalonia, that exposes an interesting collection of toys of diverse times
11.- Museum of the Empordà, where it is possible to get into the history and art of the region. All this will contribute to discovering a city of deep Catalan essences, as evidenced by its condition as cradle of the Sardana, typical dance
12.-Modernist buildings, such as the Casa Cusí, the Puig-Soler House or the Casa Salleras; And neoclassical style, among which we must mention the Bonaterra House, the Casa del Cafè Progrés and the Casa Polideseia.
13.-Very close to Figueras we have the magical village of Cadaqués, which houses the House-Museum of Salvador Dalí;
Eating in Figueras on you Barcelona day trip
.La cuisine In terms of gastronomy, Figueras combines raw materials from the sea and the mountains. From the nearby coast come the fish, which are served cooked, baked, grilled or in a sauce. Other recipes are also typical such as chicken or rabbit with lobsters and veal accompanied with vegetables, mushrooms or fruits. To accompany, you can choose any of the excellent wines and cavas labelled under the Denomination of Origin Ampurdán-Costa Brava. It is worth mentioning the popular “novel” , as well as sweet wines and young reds.
How to get there
It is an easy Barcelona day trip on the high-speed train, in an hour you will be in Figueras-Vilasant, here, local buses will approach you to the centre of Figueras, The ticket costs between 10 and 30 € according to the schedule and buying round trip can be cheaper