What I did and saw:
Salvador Dali was undeniably a unique person that was born in the city of Figueres. I was previously able to see many of his works at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, but the entire museum in Figueres was actually designed by the artist himself. Dali is buried in a crypt below the museum. It is one of the more interesting art museums I have ever visited.
Explored the city-
Thanks in large part to Dali and those inspired by him, there is some interesting art around the small town of Figueres. It is a nice small town to walk around with, like many Catalonian cities, a nice “Rambla” to walk down and many interesting side streets.
What I ate and drank:
Bocam is a very good restaurant that serves excellent local food with a unique flair. They even serve a dessert molded into an egg in honor of the nearby Dali Museum.
I stopped for a cappuccino at Dalicatessen, in view of the Dali Museum. I’m not typically a fan of espresso drinks, and it wasn’t the best cappuccino I’ve ever had. That being said, it wasn’t horrible and it was very conveniently located.
Casa Ribas is a nice play to go if you want to buy some wine. They have a very nice selection of local products.
Where I stayed:
Located a 15 minute walk from downtown, Hotel Emporda was a very nice place to stay in Figueres. It was very clean and comfortable, and the surrounding views were beautiful.
How I got around:
I reached Figueres by train from Barcelona through Girona. Once in Figueres I walked to get around the small town, and took a bus to visit Cadaques and Portlligat.
My favorite thing:
The main reason most people visit Figueres, and the reason I went, was to visit the unique Dali art and museum in his birthplace.
My least favorite thing:
As it is a small town, Figueres doesn’t have all of the options and amenities that a bigger city will offer. Don’t expect to find craft coffee or an excellent breakfast, but do expect to see some interesting pieces of art.
For next time:
If I am in Figueres again I would like to try out more of the local restaurants. I would also be interested in seeing more of the Emporda area.
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