A unique slice of Spanish life
The brainchild of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, another of Barcelona’s talented Modernist men, Poble Espanyol was conceived as an open-air architectural museum and the pavilion dedicated to art for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.
The name ‘Poble Espanyol’ is Catalan for ‘Spanish village’ and the idea of the museum was to recreate the atmosphere of Iberian village life using the traditional architecture of all the different regions of Spain, from Galicia to the Balearic Islands.
The exhibition was so popular that it has remained functioning ever since, and today tourists continue to enjoy a stroll around its cobbled streets, scenic squares and characteristic colonnades.
As well as showcasing Spanish architecture, many buildings showcase the country’s traditional artisanship and crafts, meaning that you can shop for handmade jewellery, glassware and leatherwork, amongst other souvenirs, here in Poble Espanyol.
Several of the villas and houses function as charming cafes, restaurants, flamenco clubs and even discotheques (check out La Terrrazza in summer!), meaning the village is just a cool place to hang out away from the madness of central Barcelona.
The pueblo is open 365 days a year, so you’ll never be turned away. The hours depend on the day of the week and are as follows.
Mondays: 9am to 8pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: 9am to 12 midnight
Fridays: 9am to 3am
Saturday: 9am to 4am
Poble Espanyol Tickets
You can buy skip the line tickets, often at a discount price, via the official Barcelona Tourism website.
On the foothills of Montjuic, just ten minutes walk from Plaza España metro station, you can combine your visit to the Spanish Village with all manner of other great attractions, such as the Caixa Forum, Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, MNAC Museum and not forgetting the popular Magic Fountain shows that take place at night.