What to see in Figueres: touristic places and tours that you should not miss
What is the first thing that comes to your mind if someone asks you what to see in Figueres?
Well, almost certainly the name of the artist and maximum representative of surrealism: Salvador Dalí.
Yes, the artist lived in Figueres and a large part of his work and life can be found in this municipality of Girona. However, it’s not the only thing that is attractive about this city.
And it is that, in addition to its comfortable size to move around, Figueres is an ideal place to do tourism: not only does it have a very interesting historical centre at a cultural level, but it also offers a large gastronomic choice and numerous shops to go shopping that will make it impossible for you to get bored.
If you are thinking of travelling to Figueres and doing tourism, we recommend taking a guided tour. This way you can get to know it more in-depth at all levels and enjoy it to the fullest, taking advantage of the time you have.
And now it’s time to answer the question “what to see in Figueres” and “what to do in Figueres”.
Keep on reading because we are going to tell you how to get to Figueres, give you 5 curious facts and also explain what are the 4 most important places that you have to see one way or another in Figueres.
Tours and Guided visits in Figueres and the Dalí Museum
Become a Dalí expert. If you are a surrealism enthusiast, you can’t miss this tour to learn about the controversial figure of Salvador Dalí and his work at the Dalí Museum
Visit the most important parts of Figueres and the Dalí Museum in a single guided tour so you can discover all the charms that this town and the artist’s museum hide.
Tickets to the Dalí Museum
Other Dalinian tours that you can do departing from Figueres
As we have stated previously, Dalí and Figueres are closely associated.
For that reason, several Dalí-related tours are departing from Figueres or Cadaqués.
These two are the most important.
Púbol is a population entity that, together with Cadaqués and Figueres, in Girona, form the so-called “Dalinian Triangle”. They are located in the municipality of La Pera in the region of Baix Empordà.
If you want to make the most of your visit and also see the Dalí Figueres Museum, you can book our tour of the Dalí Figueres Museum and the Dalí House in Portlligat.
How to get to Figueres
Figueres —or Figueras in Spanish— is located in the north of the province of Girona and distinguishes itself by being an important communications link, as it’s located near the border with France. That is why it’s practically a must-do stop for many tourists and travellers.
But how do you get to Figueres? It depends on the means of transport you choose:
- If you travel by car, you can get there by road via the A-7 motorway, the N-II and the N-260 coming from Portbou.
- If you prefer to travel by train, you have two options:
- The conventional line, which is in the centre of Figueres and where the trains that connect with Barcelona and the suburbs make their stop.
- High-speed trains, which have national and international destinations.
At both stations, there is a taxi stop and a bus line that connects with the city centre.
- If you choose the bus, there are international, regional and provincial lines that connect with Figueres. What’s more, the bus station is very close to the train station.
5 curious facts about Figueres
- The current name derives from Ficaris and has its origin in the Visigoth period.
- On a historical level, it stands out for having been a succession of conquests and invasions, but above all, the highlight is the moment in which Hugo IV, Count of Ampurias, burned and looted the city to express his rebellion against the monarch.
- During the Spanish Civil War Figueres was loyal to the government of the Second Republic and was brutally bombed by Franco’s army. Also, it was the last place where the Republican Courts met.
- In the 1950s the city began to recover, with tourism beginning in Figueres in that decade, although the growth started in 1960.
- In addition to Salvador Dalí, famous people such as Narciso Monturiol, inventor of an underwater ship, and the singers Mónica Naranjo and Kiko Veneno were born in Figueres.
These are just some curiosities about Figueres. If you want to know a lot more about this city, you can book our tour of the historic centre of Figueres which includes a guided visit to the Dalí Theatre-Museum. There, our guides will explain in detail the history of the city and other interests.
Are you joining us?
Do you prefer something more personalised?
If you don’t want to miss anything, sign up for the Girona + Figueres tour where you will be able to explore the most striking and spectacular places of the two towns, with a final stop at the Dalí Museum in Figueres.
In this link, you will find more information about this Girona + Figueres tour.
On another note, if you want a more personalised experience, you also have the possibility of booking a private tour that includes a visit to Figueres and the Dalí Museum.
How to make your visit to Figueres memorable
If you are visiting Figueres and intend to go sightseeing and getting to know the most interesting places, we recommend that you book a tour.
But, why? We give you 4 reasons:
- We have guides with solid training and experience, who will explain in depth everything you need to know about the city: if you don’t book a tour, you might sightsee the most emblematic places and take some nice photographs as souvenirs for your social networks.
However, unless you thoroughly study everything about Figueres before your visit, you will be unaware of some of the most important historical landmarks that reside in every corner of the city and no one will explain all the curiosities that often cannot be found in books or blogs.
Therefore, there is only one way to get to know all this: through tour guides who will explain to you even the smallest detail and will answer all your questions.
- You will enjoy your visit more and you won’t have to worry about your sense of orientation: even if you use a map or Google Maps it will always be more difficult to find new places than if you are in the company of a guide who knows the city like the back of his hand, so it will be very easy to get there and of course, save you time.
- You will get to know the place as if you were a local: a tour guide not only explains everything you need to know about the sites you visit and their history but will also reveal secret places, and what’s more, they can advise you on other enquires you might have, such as; (where to park, the best bars or restaurants…).
- You can even meet new people if you tour with people different from your fellow companions.
We also know that in these times you may be concerned if on our tours we comply with all the health and safety measures.
Rest assured, we guarantee that we do comply with these regulations, and we do so in the following way:
- Wearing masks throughout the visit and requiring visitors to wear them too.
- Our groups are small: this way we ensure that the safety distance is respected and prevent crowds.
- Before starting the tour, our guides take the temperature of all visitors.
We hope that this article has clarified what to see in Figueres. The next step is to book one of our tours so that the visit is unforgettable.
How to get to Figueres
The starting point of “Girona Tour: Guided Visits and Tours in Girona | Gironatour.com” is located in the heart of Plaça de Catalunya, 17004 Girona. Although depending on the visit the meeting point may vary.
You will find us right next to the Gelateria La Gioconda ice cream parlor.
A 4-minute walk from the Jardines de la Muralla and a 3-minute walk from the Girona City Hall building.
1 minute walk from the Cadaqués Casino Bar