Take high-speed train to Spain to see Dali

High-speed trains mean the SNCF/Renfe journey time from Paris to Barcelona takes 6hr19

There’s more to Figueres than bargain shopping malls and Salvador Dali, as Gillian Law discovers on a rail journey from Marseille

Figueres in Girona, Catalonia, is well known for its most famous resident, the artist Salvador Dali … and equally popular for its shopping malls. It is one of the first towns across the border from France. The town attracts a lot of shoppers keen to pay Spanish prices for products that cost more on the French side of the border.

The town is worth a visit – and not just for the bargains. There is an attractive tree-lined Ramblas square in the centre, a toy museum, and the spectacular and slightly bewildering museum that Salvador Dali put together himself, and lived in for some years.

The museum entrance is breathtaking

The museum started out in an abandoned theatre that had been badly burned during the Spanish Civil War, and later expanded into other buildings and courtyards. The exterior, decorated with giant white eggs on its roof, has a pattern of knotted loafs studding bright red walls behind a dramatic line of Cyprus trees.

It stops you in your tracks to see such an outlandish building in what is otherwise a quaint little Spanish ...

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