The Poble Espanyol is an open-air museum that was built in 1929 on the occasion of the Barcelona International Exhibition. This village of 49,000 m2 and 117 buildings at life-size, is a sample of the main architectural styles of fifteen Autonomous Communities of Spain (Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Comunidad Valenciana, Extremadura, Galicia , Balearic Islands, Madrid, Murcia, Navarre and the Basque Country). In addition, in Poble Espanyol, you will find 40 handicraft shops, restaurants, shows with flamenco as the protagonist and the Fran Daurel contemporary art museum. The village square itself becomes, on occasions, a space for concerts of all musical styles and other events.
The Fran Daurel Museum
This museum is one of the benchmarks of contemporary art in Barcelona. In it you can admire works by universal artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Chillida or Tàpies, and it is a unique opportunity to take a tour of Spanish contemporary art. Access to the Museum is included with admission to the site.
Poble Espanyol was declared a Craft Zone in 2003 by the Government of Catalonia, because it houses one of the best concentrations of crafts in Barcelona. In this area you can see the live work of more than 15 artisans from different generations who are specialists in glass, leather, ceramics, basketry and engraving, among others. You will be able to buy the unique and personalized pieces they create, and participate in workshops and courses.
Restaurants and bars, many with terraces, offering typical products of Spanish cuisine. The gastronomic offer is completed with gourmet product shops where you can buy quality local products.
El Poble also offers cultural and leisure activities for all ages linked to the seasons of the year. Further down this page you will find some of them.
The Spanish Village was built to last six months, that is, the duration of the Exhibition for which it was built. After the end of the Exhibition the idea was to demolish it but it was so successful that it has reached our days and is one of the main tourist attractions in Barcelona.
The promoter of the Poble Espanyol
The idea of the construction of the Poble Espanyol was the famous modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, designer of one of the most famous buildings of Catalan modernism, Casa Amatller. However, the project was carried out by the architects Francesc Folguera and Ramon Reventós, and the artists Xavier Nogués and Miquel Utrillo, who traveled all over the country to take photographs, write notes and make drawings. With all the material they collected, they designed the site and all the buildings.
Schedule to visit the Poble Espanyol in 2022
The Poble Espanyol is open every day but keep in mind that the hours of the artisan shops and the shops are different.
Schedule of the enclosure
- Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where is it?
How to get there
Bus: From Plaza Espanya with buses 150, 13, 23 and the Tourist Bus. All buses stop in front of Poble Espanyol.