Located just across the border from France in the easternmost
point of Spain,
Figueres is a Catalan city which, when translated literally, means
"Fig Tree" in the local Catalan language (a language spoken mainly
only by older Catalans - it was banned under Franco's rule).
The city has an attractive, compact Old Town as well as some
beautiful buildings and interesting museums. Its most famous
attraction is the Salvador Dali Theatre Museum, dedicated to the
work of the city's favourite son. The museum is housed in an old
theatre which Dali himself bought and converted, having already
achieved international acclaim for his work.
The Castle of San Ferran in Figueres is recognised as the
largest castle in Europe and has had a chequered history. It has
served as a prison, was occupied by Napoleon and was the last
remaining outpost of Republican Spain during the Spanish Civil War.
Franco bombed the town and castle as he narrowed in on victory.