Poble Espanyol – the Spanish village in Barcelona
Feel the soul of Spain: admire traditional architecture, buy local craftsmanship and enjoy traditional food – all this can be found in Poble Espanyol, the charming open-air museum at the foot of Montjuïc in Barcelona. A total of 117 buildings from various regions of the country were recreated in this beautiful park on the occasion of the 1929 World’s Fair. Visitors can stroll through the complex in a relaxed atmosphere, immersing themselves in the authentic Spanish way of life.
Highlights of Poble Espanyol
- Open air museum with buildings from regions of Spain
- Watch the craftsman work
- Immediate confirmation with voucher for the admission
Benefits of the admission ticket
- Entrance to the open-air museum Poble Espanyol
- Entrance to the museum
- Visit to the craft enterprises (different opening times)
- Audio Guide
Benefits of the Barcelona Card
- Free and reduced admission to many museums; for example 20% discount on the admission fee to Poble Espanyol
- Free use of public transport
- Here you can download the complete list of included services of the Barcelona Card (PDF)
Services of the Bus Turístic Ticket – Hop-on Hop-off Bus
- Bus ticket for one or two consecutive days
- Ticket valid on all three lines (two in winter)
- You can get on and off at 45 stops and change trains whenever you like
- Audio commentary in English and in 15 other languages
- Detailed information on the product page of Bus Turístic
Opening Hours of Poble Espanyol
- Mondays: 9:00 – 20:00
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays: 9:00 – 24:00
- Fridays: 9:00 – 03:00
- Saturdays: 9:00 – 04:00
Hours Factories and Shops
- Winter from 10:00 to 18:00
- Summer from 10:00 to 20:00
- Spring and Fall from 10:00 to 20:00
- Not all factories and shops are open in January and February
Our tickets are unique, you do not have to decide in advance when you would like to visit Poble Espanyol.
Opening Hours of Fran Daurel Museum
- Daily 10:00 to 19:00
- Closed 25th & 26th December and 1st January.
The open air museum complex Poble Espanyol
Hmm, where should the spain holiday go? To Andalusia, the Basque Country, Catalonia …? Not so easy to decide. The good news is that you do not need to: in Poble Espanyol you will experience all the diversity of Spain in a single facility. On approximately 50,000 square meters you can expect replicas of characteristic buildings from all parts of the country. This open-air museum is built like an Iberian village with typical houses, small streets, a town hall, schools, shops and restaurants – you will even find a monastery. It is a freat place to stroll around and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere.
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The Poble Espanyol in Barcelona
In the redesigned arrivals area, visitors can plan their stay in peace with eight large interactive screens, watch videos on Poble Espanyol and learn about the history of the open-air museum. Another multimedia area is about “feeling” Spain: thanks to state-of-the-art technology, visitors can immerse themselves in five different regions of the country, see typical landscapes, hear typical noises, smell typical scents… an experience for all the senses!
Another highlight is the multimedia project “Fiestas” – a 150 m2 area, where the most important cultural customs and festivals of the country are presented. More than 180 hours of footage were collected for one year, including shots of the Semana Santa in Andalusia and the Castells, the human towers in Catalonia.
Especially great for those who are interested in art: in one of the buildings in Poble Espanyol you will find the Museum Fran Daurel with over 300 works by famous artists such as Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Also a sculpture garden belongs to it. Entrance to the museum is already included in the ticket for the Poble Espanyol.
If you want to let the many great impressions sink in, you can take a break at the nicely laid out picnic area. Afterwards, it is worthwhile to watch the craftsmen working in one of the 20 traditional factories. They produce unique products every day, including leather goods, jewelery and guitars. The goods and souvenirs can be bought locally – the prices are comparatively cheap. Extra tip: During the summer season, events and concerts often take place in the evenings and on weekends. A calendar can be found on the website of Poble Espanyol.
The history of Poble Espanyol
The Poble Espanyol was built for the 1929 World Fair in Barcelona. The blueprints for the village were designed by Puig i Cadafalch – eminent architect and important representative of the Modernisme. The plans were implemented by his students Francesc Folguera and Ramón Reventós. They were assisted by the art critic Miquel Utrillo and the painter Xavier Nogués, who traveled through some 1,600 (!) Villages throughout Spain to make notes and drawings to capture the true essence of Spanish architecture.
After the exhibition, the Poble Espanyol should actually be demolished again – but the residents of the open-air museum have become so popular that they successfully prevented the demolition. In times of Franco and the concomitant suppression of Catalan culture, however, the Poble Espanyol declined more and more. Only from the 1990s, it has been repaired and restored again.
Since 2001, the highly recommended Fran Daurel Museum of Contemporary Art has been part of Poble Espanyol. From 2008 to 2018, almost 8 million euros were invested in the modernization of Poble Espanyol. In addition, around 2.3 million euros have been invested in audiovisual technology in recent years. As a result, three new interactive multimedia areas were opened in 2018, providing visitors with the authentic lifestyle of Spain in a modern way.
Why a visit to Poble Espanyol is worthwhile?
A trip to Poble Espanyol is pure holiday feeling: away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, ââvisitors can go on a tour of Spain and enjoy a relaxed Mediterranean flair. As you stroll around among the lovingly restored replicas of typical houses from all over Spain, stress and bustle are quickly forgotten.
It is particularly interesting to watch the craftsmen in their traditional work, for example the glassblowers or instrument makers.
Several restaurants provide visitors with delicious local cuisine. Thanks to new multimedia areas, it is also possible to experience the cultural diversity of the country with all your senses. Flamenco shows and changing events in the evenings and at weekends complete the program. The soul of Spain – here you can feel it up close.
Poble Espanyol, Barcelona’s open-air museum
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An open air museum located on the Montjuïc hill
Info and tickets Poble Espanyol in Barcelona, an open-air museum located on the Montjuïc hill. The ‘Spanish village’ was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1929.
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Spanish village in Barcelona
El Poble Espanyol means ‘Spanish village’ and is located on Montjuïc hill. You won’t find a spanish village like this anywhere in Spain by the way because the Poble Espanyol open-air museum combines architectural styles from all over Spain. El Poble Espanyol was built on the Montjuïc for 1929 World Fair in Barcelona, and the plan was to tear the Spanish village down again after the exhibition was over. They never did because the village turned out to be so popular among both tourists and locals. The village is a nice representation of types of architecture used in Spain.
The atmosphere of the Spanish village
Visit of Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc
Visit the open-air museum
On 42,000 m2 of the Spanish open air museum, 117 buildings can be seen from Andalusia, Castile and Leon, Navarra, the Basque Country and, of course, Catalonia. I30 shops and 18 restaurants have been housed in most of the buildings. There are also frequent demonstrations of traditional Spanish crafts.
During the evenings, a number of activities are organised, including concerts, flamenco shows, and theatre performances. Because of the influence from all the regions of Spain, it feels like a miniature version of the country. You will see many things there, from monasteries to arches, the square of Placa Mayor and bell towers. It’s a particularly popular Barcelona tourist attraction among the Spanish themselves.
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Spanish Village, Poble Espanyol (Barcelona). Photo of the Museum Spanish Village
Pueblo Espanyol, or as it is known throughout the world as the Spanish Village, is a unique complex consisting of 117 buildings, which are a copy of buildings that actually existed in different eras throughout Spanish history.
Most of the constructions of this museum in Barcelona are the same size as the prototypes, some are reduced in size, but every detail, even the smallest, is masterfully executed.
History of the creation of the Spanish Village (Barcelona)
This is the first such large-scale thematic creation in the world. Much later, similar complexes were built in Geneva (Swiss Village) and Istanbul (Miniaturk), but Poble Espanyol was the first.
The construction of the Spanish Village was dedicated to the World Exhibition, which took place in 1929. The creators of this masterpiece were Ramon Raventos, Michel Utrilto and Javier Noguez, who carefully studied the history of architecture of their homeland for this. By the way, the main goal of the idea of such an open-air museum was the idea of educating the maximum number of people with the culture and history of their country.
See also: Gaudí’s greatest creation – Park Güell
According to the plan, the Spanish Village was to be demolished after the end of the Exhibition, but the townspeople fell in love with the now iconic landmark so much that they decided to keep it. And now tourists all over the world are grateful for the right decision made then.
What can you see in the Spanish Village?
Plaza Mayor – the central square of the museum-village – is a unique building of its kind, its original does not exist in nature, it is a collective image of the squares of the most ancient Spanish towns, but around it there are copies of very real buildings that can be seen in Castilla, Burgos, Catalonia , Aragon, Navarre and all other regions of the bright state.
Spanish village (Poble Espanyol) is Spain in miniature, each street is dedicated to the buildings of a certain region. So on Arcos Street you seem to return to coquettish Andalusia, and Levante Street will stir up memories associated with Valencia and Murcia in your soul.
However, inquisitive travelers here can not only see the Spanish culture, but for some time become a real resident of this country.
For a certain sum, you can try blowing a glass product, make a clay pot, paint ceramic tiles, in a word, join those characteristic crafts by which we can recognize the Spanish essence in the pictures of old books at a glance.
The Spanish Village Museum is an extremely popular and interesting place in Barcelona: during the day there are always a lot of curious people armed with a variety of modern equipment for photographing tourists, and after sunset, Pueblo Espanyol turns into a party paradise for cheerful Spanish youth.
Along with beautiful Spain in miniature, we recommend visiting the world-famous Museum of Modern Art and the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Each of these attractions will leave an indelible impression and enrich the inner world of any person who visits them.
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Spanish village. Pueblo Espanol, Barcelona
Spanish village. Pueblo Espanol, Barcelona
The Spanish Village is an exhibition complex on the Montjuic mountain in Barcelona. Built in 1927 for the World Exhibition of 1929. And it became the first exhibition complex of its kind. There are other analogues like the Swiss Village in Geneva. But the Spanish village was the first!
The idea of the complex is to represent the whole country here and at once. More than a hundred houses have been built that copy real houses from different areas and from different eras in Spain.
In addition to architecture, there are a lot of interesting things in the Spanish village. Here people keep shops, even though this is an exhibition, and are engaged in the production of unique handmade items. The Spanish village is a city of craftsmen. You can buy everything, try to make it yourself, taste it 🙂
And in the central square of Pueblo Espanyol, the final scene of the film “Perfumer” was filmed.
Cozy streets branch off from the central square. At the entrance, for a fee, you can take an audio guide (available in Russian) and go for a walk:
Cheese, honey and handmade wine. Hehe :)))) Maybe move to live in the basement of this store?
Mandarin trees everywhere:
In my opinion, the most beautiful place of the exhibition is the area dedicated to Andalusia:
Fantastic …. How wonderful it must be in Andalusia itself 🙂
And here are the masters. You can go into the workshop and watch the whole cycle of turning glass into a beautiful figurine:
There is a horse on the stove:
For a fee, you can try yourself as a glassblower. And you can buy a ready-made figurine. Price tag from 5 euros to 25 ….
Loshaaaadka :))))) With her stupidity, Yulia reminded me of the horse from the cartoon about Alyosha Popovich :))))))) 13.
Or buy a ready-made souvenir. The characteristic creativity of all 17 autonomies of Spain is presented.
By the way, in almost all shops they ask you not to rent (except for glassblowers, so don’t care). So in front of you – spy shots 🙂
Forks …. :)))))) Can you imagine yourself with these forks at customs at the airport? And the eyes of the customs officer?
Staircase of Santiago de Compostela: