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Figueras, ah! Catalonia!
Favoured touristic destination of many visitors and easily reached by train, Figueras is waiting for you in the northeastern part of Spain. This city of Catalonia is close to the french border and to the wonderful beaches of the Mediterranean sea. Be sure that Figueras has everything you need!
Figueras is particularly known to be the home town of the famous artist Salvador Dali. The Teatre-Museu Dali is a museum completely devoted to the painter’s life and artwork.
Close to the museum, you will discover one of the biggest fortress in Europe: the Saint Ferran’s castle. It was built by Juan Martín de Cermeño during the 18th century to protect the country against the french invasions. The ramparts give a beautiful point of view onto the Ampurdan’ s plain. Discover the toy museum or the Sant Pere’s church.
And if you just want to laze about the sand, the mediteranean beaches are less than 30 minutes away from Figueras.
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"The train to Paris Gare Lyon was to leave Figueres Vilafant (where I boarded) at 5:20 PM. it left the station punctually enough. However, when we got to the next station (Perpignan), we were told that strong winds had caused disruptions to power lines and, as a result, the track from Perpignan to the next station was not prperly set. The solution was for everyone to alight from the train at Perpignan and take a bus (provided) to the next station to continue the journey. To my understanding, the track at the next station had been amiss since 3-ish PM (2 hours before the start of our journey). Despite that, Rail Europe had arranged only one bus on standby at Perpignan to transfer the passengers. Needless to say, one bus was barely sufficient. So the bulk of the passengers waited at the Perpignan station for just over 2 hours for the next train to arrive hoping that in the meantime the track at Perpignan would be set right. All along, it didn't seem anyone was really in charge - there were sometimes conflicting indications from the rail employees. It really was quite an appalling state of affairs. All in all, the total journey was delayed for between 2 and 3 hours and arrived in Paris way past 2 AM (not including taxi queueing time!). If you take Europe Rail, cut yourself some slack as delays (for all kinds of reasons) happen more often than you'd expect and, frustratingly, quite a tolerated scenario, especially in France. The delay was unfortunate as everything else was good. "