The walled village, high on the Olympic mountain of Montjuïc, is an oasis of peace, and at the same time a place of fantasy, with buildings of great architectural beauty and a large array of shops, restaurants and art&craft workshops.
The Poble Espanyol was designed by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafach in 1929 for the World Exhibition of Barcelona to showcase the diversity of Spanish culture. Following a search through the length and breadth of Spain, 117 buildings were chosen, which are now visited by 1.3 million people every year.
Visitors can take a stroll through a typical Andalusian neighbourhood, emerging into the main square of a Castilian town, and then take a drink from a Catalan fountain. The Poble Espanyol is indeed unique, for all the architectural wealth of Spain can be found together in a single impressive monument.
The Poble Espanyol is like a small community of craftspeople. There are some forty of them, and each one is a specialist in his or her particular field. The workshops are not only points of sale, but also places where you can watch these popular artists in action.
Opening times of Poble Espanyol:
Monday: 9.00am to 20.00hrs
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays: 9.00am until midnight
Friday: 9.00am to 3.00am
Saturdays: 9.00am to 4.00am
Opening times of Craftshops & Shops
Winter: 10.00am to 18.00hrs
Summer: 10.00am to 20.00hrs
Autumn and spring: 10.00am to 19.00hrs
One of the star attractions, for example, is watching how glass is blown. All the craft workshops are accessible to visitors, who can take their time to discover the secrets of painted crystal, fusing, embroidery, treating leather, painting, sculpture, jewellery making, pottery, colour printing, engraving, and making toys, masks or miniature baskets. Another big attraction is the workshop which makes puppets, an imaginative art form to which great importance is attached in Catalonia.
Things To Bring
Right after booking you will receive a voucher.
Please print it and show it at the entrance:
Poble Espanyol (the exact address on your voucher)