Il Poble Espanyol is an open-air architectural museum, located on Montjuïc, a few steps from the Font Mágica. Immersed in an area of 5 hectares, the poble brings together examples of architecture from the different Spanish regions, reproducing, in full scale, 117 historic buildings chosen from all over the Iberian Peninsula.
The Poble Espanyol was built in 1929 on the occasion of the Barcelona International Exhibition, as a pavilion dedicated to art. Conceived as a real town autonomous in the heart of the city, the aim was to offer a complete view of the many architectural styles of Spain, bringing them all together in one space. The project was completed in thirteen months by the architects Francesc Folguera e Ramon Reventós, who made several trips to the Iberian Peninsula to collect the material necessary for the execution of the project.
Originally, the Poble was to be kept in operation for only 6 months, as long as the duration of the universal exhibition: however, the project was so successful, and so popular with the public, that it became permanent. Today the Poble Espanyol is one of the most popular places for tourists within Barcelona, offering multiple activities to its visitors.
The Poble is not just a space to visit: with its art exhibition centers, restaurants and craft workshops it is able to offer a complete experience. In addition, a number of events are planned throughout the year, such as thematic festivals for adults and children, or temporary exhibitions, which can provide a rewarding experience.
All the buildings reproduced have been carefully chosen based on the architecture of the regions they are inspired by. Once you enter through the monumental gate, a reproduction of the famous outer wall of Ávila, you can easily reach the Plaza Mayor, and from there continue the visit along the main road or the various crossroads. Each building has been chosen to represent the best of the Spanish region of reference, so it will not be easy to choose which is the most beautiful.
Outside the town, and in a more privileged position, it is possible to admire a reproduction of a monastery, in Catalan Romanesque art. Within the various historical buildings you can visit craft workshops, with the possibility of shopping, or shops of various kinds.
The foundation of contemporary art Fran Daurel, contains several permanent exhibition rooms, with works by Picasso, Miró e Barceló. Part of the exhibition space is also used for various temporary exhibitions held throughout the year. The foundation is located outside the historic buildings, in a specially designated room.
There are more than 15 restaurants inside the Poble, with different styles of Spanish cuisine on offer, both for a full meal and to be able to stop for a glass of wine, accompanied by the inevitable tapas. In addition to the restaurants there is a Tablao, a typical local of Southern Spain where it is possible to attend a flamenco show during dinner.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, it is possible to enter the Poble even after dinner, being able to choose from numerous bars and nightclubs, open until late at night.
The Poble Espanyol is easily accessible on foot from Plaza de España (metro lines 1 and 3) in a few minutes: once you reach Plaça de Espanya, just take the Avinguda de Maria Cristina and follow the tourist signs. You can get there by buses 15 and 130, as well as the Bus Turístic (red line), and the Barcelona City Tour.
The Poble Espanyol opens on Mondays from 9:00 to 20:00; every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9:00 to midnight. On Fridays and Saturdays the Poble closes at 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning respectively.
Buy tickets from the official website
Entrance to Poble Espanyol costs 12 euros; for minors from 4 to 12 years, admission is 7 euros, free for children under 4, while those over 65 pay 8,40 euros. The entrance from 20:00 costs 7 euros; the entrance with audio guide in Italian costs 15 euros.
You can buy a single ticket for Poble Espanyol and MNAC, at a cost of 18 euros; to conclude, the entrance is completely free for holders of the Barcelona Card.