Famed as the birthplace of Salvador Dali and the submarine inventor Narcís Monturiol, Figueres is a centuries-old town in the Catalan province of Girona. It was heavily bombed during the Spanish Civil War and began its recovery in the 1950s, with outstanding museums and a monumental fortress among its attractions today.
Things to do in FigueresPerched atop a hill overlooking Figueres is Sant Ferran Castle, an 18th-century bastioned fortress that is the largest of its kind in Europe. Join a guided tour to explore its garrison buildings and central parade ground to learn how the complex is able to support around 6,000 troops. The castle’s most impressive feature is its navigable water tanks, which could hold up to nine million litres of water.
One of Figueres’ most popular attractions is the Dali Theatre and Museum, which is dedicated to Salvador Dali and was designed by the artist himself. It centres around the theatre that Dali loved as a child and boasts the largest collection of his works in the world. In addition to paintings, it features mechanical devices and curiosities imagined by Dali, plus a 3D anamorphic living-room installation.
Adjacent to the Dali Theatre and Museum is the Church of Saint Peter where Dali was baptised and received his first communion. Built on the site of a 10th-century monastery, the current Gothic structure features an austere interior with a single bull’s-eye window on its facade.