Figueres is the epicentre of the Alt Empordà region; its main attractions are the landscape, culture, and history. It is 15 kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Pyrenees, and surrounded by three nature parks. The Dalí Theatre-Museum will surprise you, inside and out, as will others such as the Toy Museum of Catalonia, the Empordà Museum, Electricity Museum, and Technical Museum of the Empordà; as will the largest fort in Europe, the Sant Ferran Castle. The best way to better know the secrets of the surrealist world of Salvador Dalí and the town’s history is to take a guided tour organised by the town’s tourist information office. You will experience the dynamism of the town with the Acoustic Music Festival or the Comedy Festival of Figueres, among others. And you will be fascinated by the gastronomic offer; a mixture of tradition and creativity, sea and mountain ingredients, and good wine from the Empordà D.O. Figueres awaits you!
Alt Empordà is a region of Catalonia in the province of Girona. It shares a border to the north with the historic regions of Vallespir and Rosellón, part of the original territories of the primitive Carolingian Catalonia, and components of the current department of the Eastern Pyrenees in the region of Occitanie (France); to the east with the Mediterranean sea; and to the south with the regions of Baix Empordà, el Gironés, Pla de l’Estany and La Garrotxa.
Girona, the provincial capital, is the first big city near Figueres, in the Gironés region; it is 40 km away and is connected by road, rail, and bus. Girona has a great commercial and cultural offer; with particularly emphasis on the 20th century Jewish district, the science museum, and a world-class gastronomic option.
Perpignan is a city in the south of France, capital of the department of the Eastern Pyrenees, in the region of Occitanie and the historic capital of Rosselló. It is also the capital of the district of the same name. It belonged to Spain until 1659, when the Spanish and French monarchies signed the Treaty of the Pyrenees. It is on the banks of the lower course of the river Têt and is the fourth city in the region after Toulouse, Montpellier and Nimes. In the last few years, the city has been promoted with the slogan Perpignan la Catalane (Perpignan the Catalan city).
On the coast of the Mediterranean sea, about 120 km to the south of the Pyrenees mountain range and the border with France, Barcelona is on a small coastal plain bordering the sea to the east, the Collserola range to the west, the Llobregat river to the south, and the Besós river to the north.
Barcelona has been the setting for various international events that have contributed to developing and consolidating it and giving it world exposure. The most significant have been the 1888 Universal Exposition, the 1929 International Exposition, the 1992 Olympic Games, and the 2004 Universal Forum of Cultures. It is also the headquarters of the Union for the Mediterranean.
Barcelona is currently acknowledged as a global city for its cultural, financial, commercial and tourist importance. It has one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean and is also an important point of communications between Spain and France, due to the motorway and high-speed rail connections. The Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport, located 15 km from the city centre, was used by more than 52.6 million passengers in 2019.