Church of St. Peter
|• Mayor||Santi Vila Vicente|
|• Total||18.78 km2 (7.25 sq mi)|
|Elevation||39 m (128 ft)|
|• Density||2,400/km2 (6,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
The town is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí, and houses the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a large museum designed by Dalí himself which attracts many visitors. It is also the birthplace of Narcís Monturiol i Estarriol, inventor of the first successful machine-powered submarine. Also born here was Mónica Naranjo, one of the best selling Spanish singers of the 1990s and 2000s (decade).
During the Spanish Civil War, it remained loyal to the Republican government, and was repeatedly bombed by the rebels. Figueres recovered starting from the 1950s, consolidating its economy around the tourism industry.
- Sant Ferran Castle, built in 1753 during the reign of Ferdinand VI of Spain. It has a pentagonal plan, with a total perimeter of 5.6 km (3.5 mi).
- Parish church of St. Peter, in Gothic. It has a single nave with side chapels.
- Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí (19th century, renovated in the 1960s). It incorporates a tower from the ancient walls.
Situated in the north-east corner of Catalonia, Figueres is about 40 km (25 miles) from Girona, 140 km (87 miles) from Barcelona, 60 km (37 miles) from Perpignan, and 50 km (31 miles) from Girona-Costa Brava Airport. It is also served by its own railway station just east of the old town center.
Figueres has been connected since December 2010 to the high-speed rail network with the start of services connecting Figueres to Perpignan via LGV, allowing direct TGV services to Paris in 5h 27 min. Connections to Madrid-Barcelona via AVE are began on 8 January 2013 and the trip takes 53 mins (12 minutes to Girona).
- Marignane, France since 1968
- Alcalá la Real, Spain since 1989 in connection with Pep Ventura, who modernized the sardana and it subsequently became the traditional dance of Catalonia. He was born there in 1817.
- Saint Petersburg, USA since 2011.
- Craiova, Romania protocol of intentions signed in 2009.
- Kallas, Siim (8 January 2013). "The European commission welcomes the entry into service of the high speed line between Barcelona and Figueres – last stage of Spain-Europe high-speed connection". European Commission. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- "Figueres i Alcalà la Real: l'agermanament", Ajuntament de Figueres
- "Figueres i Craiova preparen el seu agermanament", Empordà.info
- Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Figueres.|
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Figueres.|
- Figueres Council: Figueres Council (Catalan)
- Figueres: overview at Cap Creus online, the Web-newspaper of the Costa Brava
- Virtual tour of Figueres on Virtourist.com
- Business Directory Guide from Figueres
- Interactive map with street finder of Figueres