Figueres is a small city in Catalonia, Spain. Its history spans many centuries and it is preserved by the many museums in the city as well as in the architecture of the Old Town. The name means fig trees in English and was given to the city in reference to the great number of figs which have always been grown in the area.
Figueres is probably best known today as being the birthplace of surrealist painter, Salvador Dali. As such it is fitting that the city’s major tourist venue is the world renowned museum devoted to him. The Dali Theatre-Museum houses more than 1,500 pieces of art with examples of sculpture, painting and drawing, engraving and photography. As was Dali’s intention the building itself forms a part of the display, with interactive works, optical games and toys. The museum does not restrict itself exclusively to works by Dali as the work of several leading artists are also on view.
Children old and young will enjoy a visit to the Toy Museum of Catalonia which is housed in the old stately home of the Baron of Terrades, dating from 1767. The Museum has more than 4,000 exhibits of games and toys.
The streets of the old parts of Figueres still retain their old world charm and are well-endowed with Catalan restaurants serving local delicacies with strong French and Spanish influences. Figueres has a wide range of places to go in the evening, with bars and clubs featuring music and entertainment to suit all tastes.
Motoring enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the large vintage and classic car museum which can be found on the road from Figueres to Empuriabrava. There are many exhibits that have been fully restored and some of which are for sale.
Figueres has a renowned history of wine cultivation going back over 2,500 years. Tours are available to many wineries in surrounding area.