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Castell de Sant Ferran, Figueres

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With a footprint of 32 hectares (79 acres) and an imposing series of walls, barriers, and moats, Castell de Sant Ferran serves as one of the finest examples of 18th-century military architecture in Spain. Marvel at the massive fortifications of this fortress, designed as a classical star fort, as you wander its barracks and warehouses. Admire panoramic views of the surrounding plain of Emporda, the countryside of Girona, and the nearby Pyrenees. Learn about the castle’s part in the defense of the Spanish frontier as you explore its inner pavilion and earthworks. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as the citadel’s large area can require a great deal of walking between sights. Plan to see Castell de Sant Ferran and other attractions that appeal to you using our Figueres trip itinerary builder.
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  • This is an amazing construction achievement and historical building and is definitely worth a visit. It has its own beauty and a beautiful site Practicalities 1 audioguide commentary essential (free) ...  more »
  • So much history covering the fort since it was built in the 1700s to protect Catalina and despite going through the Spanish Civil War most of it is still in tact. It is still being used today by the m...  more »
  • It is situated quite close to the Figueres. There is a walking pass around the fortifications we took (more than 3.5km). It is possible to visit fort and you can get an audioguide. Besides there is a ...  more »
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  • Very cool place. Minimal service, audioguided only. Huge, not restored. Don't expect a typical castel, this was and is a strictly military establishment.
  • The Castle of San Ferran is a must visit when you are in the Figueres neighbourhood. It is only a short walk from the city center. Being a well-preserved fortress, the castle will tell you centuries of Catalonian stories. The castle is huge and you can easily spend a few hours here. Take the guided tour and if you're physically up for it, take the tour of the Cathedral of the Water- it is an amazing underground tour!
  • Beautiful horizon view. About 50m elevation(it takes about 20 min from the museum)
  • In all my years of visiting Emporda, I've never been here. Dont know why! A realy great place. They leave the place as far as possible in his origin condition (they even avoid garbage cans!). Take the audio guide, because there are no info-tables. And enjoy the panoramic view to the pyrenees, the Sierra l'Albera and the gulf of Roses.
  • Nice place to see. good also to walk around - nice are to see