The Poble Espanyol was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. It is currently one of the main tourist attractions in the city and in the mountain of Montjuïc.
It is the replica of a real Iberian town with streets, squares, council, monastery, artisan shops and restaurants. With the aim of reflecting all the Peninsula’s architectural richness, each of the Town’s 117 buildings is a replica of a monument and unique building from all over the Spanish territory. The idea came from Josep Puig i Cadafalch and was brought to life by Francesc Folguera and Ramon Reventós, with the involvement of the painter Xavier Nogués and the art critic Miquel Utrillo. They wanted to offer a mix between the architecture and way of life in the country's towns. It was due to be demolished at the end of the Exposition, but in the end it was decided that it would be preserved as many were in favour it.
Nowadays, a definitive step has been taken to turn the town into a space for discovering traditions with the incorporation of new audio-visual equipment, among which the Fiesta space stands out, a 150 square metre installation that recreates, through a 7-metre high mapping, the most emblematic popular celebrations from all over Spain grouped together by concepts such as euphoria, courage, fire, spirituality and colour. A spectacular space where the emotion of the Patum de Berga, la Tomatina de Buñol (Valencia), los Castells (Catalonia), Andalusian Holy Week, the festival of San Fermín (Navarre) or The Jaleo (Balearic Islands) can be experienced first-hand. In addition, the so-called Feelings have been incorporated, five immersive audio-visual spaces that allow visitors to discover the landscapes, gastronomy and traditions of five emblematic areas: the Mediterranean, the North, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James), the South and the Quixote landscapes (central area). They are equipped with high definition screens which are combined with other sensory experiences such as the sense of smell.
It is worth highlighting that there are around twenty craftsmen and women working every day in the Poble Espanyol, creating pieces made from leather, glass, jewellery, among many other materials. This has led to it being named an Area of Artisanal Interest by the Government of Catalonia. In addition, workshops, family activities, guided tours among others are organized.
Within the area - which is closed to traffic - there are numerous restaurants and bars with charming terraces, a children's area with large slides, a picnic area, and cultural activities throughout the year organized for locals and tourists alike. In summer the outdoors activities stand out. It also has a valuable private contemporary art collection in the Fran Daurel Museum where universal works of art by the likes of Picasso, Dalí or Miró can be admired.
Opening hours: Monday from 9:00 to 20:00; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 9:00 to 14:00; Friday from 9:00 to 16:00; Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00; Sundays from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. 24th December from 09:00 to 20:00, 25th December from 09:00 to 14:00.