Poble Espanyol Barcelona Overview

Set out on a fun and interesting tour of the Poble Espanyol, an open air museum that actually resembles a small village. Enjoy witnessing a unique blend of art and architecture with some of the most impressive life sized emulations of famous Spanish buildings. Stroll through the unique handicraft centre and learn how to create amazing handmade items.

Spend a day of excitement and fun at this unique open air museum that has been built to look like an actual village and which also literally means Spanish Village. Located just a short distance from the iconic Montjuïc Fountains, Poble Espanyol is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city today. It packs a variety of experiences including an amazing tour of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city recreated beautifully here, visit to a modern art museum, and much more.

Walk through the enchanting village that boasts some of the most remarkable renditions of various important Spanish monuments. It has been made very tourist friendly so you can easily explore and experience the various attractions ranging from Andalusian settings to chapels that have Gothic architectural influences. Poble Espanyol is known for bringing together varied Spanish cultures by organising a host of shows all through the year including dance performances, theatre, and gastronomic festivals. You can also choose to become a part of the group tours that are organised here and delve deeper into the history and traditions of the city. 

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• Stroll through the Poble Espanyol grounds and witness the city’s traditional Andalusian neighbourhoods, streets, squares, a Catalan Romanesque monastery, and much more.
• Marvel at the awe-inspiring circular Guinovart Space, an art installation that features a giant sculpture created by famous artist Josep Guinovart.
• Walk through the mesmerising exhibit of San Miquel’s monastery, a beautiful example of Roman and Catalan architectures coming together.
• Explore the famous Sculpture Garden featuring 36 contemporary sculptures.
• Visit the Handicraft Market that houses over 50 craftsmen and artisans creating beautiful items with glass, ceramics and much more. 
• Witness the entertaining shows like acrobatic shoes, circuses and magic shows with your kids. 
• Indulge in some mouthwatering delicacies from different parts of Spain at the various cafeterias and fine-dining restaurants across Poble Espanyol
• Partake in the exciting nightlife at the nightclubs and open-air discotheques such as the Input, The One, Sala Upload, and La Terrazza.

How To Reach

By Metro: You can take the metro lines L1 and L3 and disembark at the Plaça Espanya station. From here you can reach your destination on foot in about 10 minutes

By Bus: You can also go for the several bus services that ply from different parts of the city such as Bus numbers 13, 23, and 150 which stop directly outside Poble Espanyol

You can also opt for the Hop on Hop off Barcelona Bus service that stops at Poble Espanyol.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time of the day to visit Poble Espanyol is in the morning hours around 10 AM as soon as the gates open for visitors. This is when you will encounter the least amount of crowds here and thus can explore the village in relative peace and quiet. Moreover, the weather is also relatively cooler and pleasant during this time making it ideal for the long hours outdoors. 

The best time of the year to visit the museum is in the winter season from December to February when the weather is cool and perfect for spending long hours outdoors.

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Other Essential Information

  • The open air museum offers extended opening hours, so make the most of the nightly entertainment here especially the flamenco shows.
  • You can rent an audio guide for a better and more immersive experience.
  • Visit here early to avoid large crowds and also explore while the weather is cool.
  • Check the events page calendar before planning your visit particularly if you are visiting during the summer or on weekends.
  • Wear comfortable cotton clothes, good quality walking shoes and carry water, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

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Point of Interest for Poble Espanyol Barcelona
Rich Architectural Value

Rich Architectural Value

Get enchanted by the richness of art and architecture with 117 life-sized replicas of famous Spanish buildings. It covers styles from different parts of the country ranging from Romanesque to Baroque. The Albarracín is one of the most famous attractions at the museum representing the famous Sierra de Albarracín región. Declared as a National Historic-Artistic Site, this is one of the most picturesque villages in the entire country.

The Alquezar is another important feature here that imitates an important area in the Aragonese municipality of the province of Osca. The replica has been beautifully created keeping in mind the smallest details of the Historic-Artistic Heritage Site.

Aranda de Duero is a life sized structure imitates the building from the province of Burgos, in Castile and León and is known in history as the seat of the Council of Aranda. The edifice is also famous for housing the oldest urban map of the country.

Located in the Cinco Villas region of Zaragoza, Arcos de la Lonjais a famous village known for being the filming location of Berlanga's film, La Vaquilla. It features interesting aspects such as the Palau dels Sada, mediaeval fish market, and the castle.

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Handicraft Center

Handicraft Center

Known for its historical point of interest, you can witness artisans from a variety of fields work here using the most traditional methods. You can also take part in a variety of interesting handicraft workshops and discover the crafts first hand. 

Basket weaving is one of the most interesting and popular activities where you get to learn the basics of the craft. Apply the techniques to create a caxixi, a local musical instrument or a pendant. 

Engraving and bookmaking is another point of interest where you learn the basic technique of working with paper and creating a book. You can also learn about ancient paper techniques and make your own personalised book.

Become a stained glass artist for a day and create and design a piece of stained glass that you can also take home with you as a keepsake. Work with artistic glass of various colours, transparencies, and textures and enjoy this unique once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Stamping and leather art are other interesting crafts where you get to work with textile and cow hide experts. Get a chance to engrave, sew, dye a leather bag or belt as well as learn the faux batik technique of decorating a silk scarf. 

Museums and Exhibitions

Museums and Exhibitions

Visit various contemporary art centres and museums in Barcelona with unique settings in your tour at Poble Espanyol. From a contemporary art museum and a sculpture garden to several exhibition spaces, the modern art content is worth watching. For instance Museu Fran Daurel, one of the museums, has a wonderful collection of modern art along with exceptional works by some of the most renowned artists of all times. This includes creations by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Antoni Tàpies and Eduardo Chillida.

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Entertainment in Poble Espanyol

Entertainment in Poble Espanyol

Various festivals and concerts are held at the village on a regular basis, one of the most popular being the Brunch in the City. This is held on the Plaza Mayor every Sunday in the spring and autumn seasons.

Restaurants and Shopping

Restaurants and Shopping

There are several food outlets here serving some of the most delectable Spanish fare. You can visit La Font de Prades or Granja Rivero for their mouthwatering local dishes. You can also shop for a range of items including Spanish hams, high quality chocolate, bread, wine, olive oil, cheeses, along with other specialties from different regions.

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Guinovart Space

Guinovart Space

This circular building has been created by a famous Catalan artist and comprises of vibrant works of art. The large sculpture in its very center is particularly attractive and you can view it from various levels in natural lighting that seeps in from the skylight. This place is also popular for hosting parties and exhibitions.

Sculpture garden

Sculpture garden

Take a walk through this exotic garden that houses almost 36 sculptures by 27 different contemporary artists. Each of these brilliant works of art is unique as they have been created with the help of individual techniques and using a range of styles and materials.

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