Spanish Village

Poble Espanyol

In Barcelona you have a unique chance to visit every corner of Spain without leaving the city. Located a bit to the right from the National Art Museum of Catalonia the Spanish Village was built specially for the World’s fair of 1929 to demonstrate traditional Spanish crafts. Now this is one of the most frequented tourist spots in Barcelona. There is an outdoor real size gate, a copy of the mighty medieval gate of the ancient Spanish city of Avila in Castile, a town hall, belfry, monastery and houses (117 buildings in total), each of them being either an exact copy or an impression inspired by the typical constructions from various regions of Spain. Andalusia in the south, Aragon in the center, Murcia and Valencia, the Balearic Islands and, of course, Catalonia in the east. Local craftsmen workshops add to the traditional atmosphere of Spain: here you can witness some amazing ancient techniques in use by the masters. For instance, among other performances, the glassblowers will show you how to create something beautiful out of a glob of burning hot glass and potters might give you a hint on making a piece of art from clay.

There are masterclasses for kids and a specially designed quest (in English) about the village. Shops and stores offer a great variety of souvenirs, glasswork, leather items, handmade accessories, traditional clothes and farmer’s products. Cafes and restaurants will welcome you with some typically Spanish meals. The village is also home to the Fran Daurel Foundation which exhibits some 300 contemporary artworks. The Poble Espanyol is an ideal place to spend some time with children during the day. By the evening it turns into a vibrant dance spot popular among the youngsters with regular concerts at the central square (ranging from jazz to flamenco shows).

Address: Av Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13
Opening hours: Mon 9 am – 8 pm, Tue-Thu, Sun 9 am – 12 am, Fri 9 am – 3 am, Sat 9 am – 4 am
How to reach: metro Plaça Espanya
Coordinates: 41.36885, 2.147225