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Poble Espanyol – a Stunning Replica Spanish Village in Barcelona

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I respect Poble Espanyol for attempting to solve my biggest travel problem – not being able to see everything.

The ability to take a huge gulp of the sangria we call Spanish culture – without a dozen Ryanair flights – is the reason this replica village that lets you visit all of Spain’s 15 regions in one afternoon should be considered on your trip.

Let’s take a look at what to see at Poble Espanyol.

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Poble Espanyol Barcelona – Spanish Village

Poble Espanyol (aka Spanish Village) was built for the Barcelona World’s Fair in 1929, but was left in place due to its enormous success.

It’s now the fourth most visited attraction in the city and a staple in any Barcelona itinerary.

Spanish Village counts 117 replica buildings surrounding its many squares and gardens. The 50,000 m² full-scale reproduced village is found on Montjuic Hill.

It’s an open air Spanish architecture museum.

Within its walls you’ll experience the immense architectural diversity of 15 different Spanish regions, serving as a model of the perfect Iberian town: complete with popular festivals, flamenco shows, and crafts workshops.

What it’s Like to Visit Poble Espanyol

Basically, a visit to Poble Espanyol is a walk through the Spanish soul:

  • The narrow, white streets of Andalusia.
  • Aragon’s stone houses.
  • A Romanesque monastery.
  • Temporary exhibitions from famous artists.
  • Enchanting squares with Spanish guitar concerts and artisan workshops.
  • Pre-Roman Asturian architecture.
  • Classic Castillan monuments.

Sound good? Let’s take a deeper look at what there is to see at Poble Espanyol.

What to Do at Poble Espanyol

The Poble Espanyol Flamenco Show

One of the great tricks in Barcelona is that you can get free entrance to Poble Espanyol – all you have to do is attend one of the most fantastic flamenco shows in Barcelona.

If you’re considering flamenco and Poble Espanyol this is an easy choice.

Just book your tickets to Tablao Carmen, found in Andalusian quarter of the village, and you’re free to explore the Poble Espanyol grounds for as long as you wish before or after – at no extra charge.

Flamenco show packages start at €45.00 and can include tapas, dinner, and drinks.

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Craft Workshops at Poble Espanyol

Ever wanted to hone an old world, time tested skill the way villagers would’ve done a hundred years ago? The crafts workshops at Poble Espanyol allow you to do just that.

Currently, the list of permanent workshops taught by industry professionals in English include: basket weaving, decorative painting, engraving, and leather.

These Poble Espanyol workshops run three hours and cost between €100.00 and €125.00.

Those visiting Poble Espanyol can also take shorter, introduction workshops on pottery and glass trencadis.

Shopping the Poble Espanyol Artisans

Of course, with all this creating going on at Poble Espanyol it’s only natural that it becomes a top Barcelona shopping option for real Barcelona souvenirs.

You’ll pop in to over 20 handicraft shops and watch industry professionals craft jewelry, blow glass, make handbags, weave baskets, embroider and more.

You’ll also get a pick of gourmet food shops with ham, cheeses, honey, chocolate, olive oil etc.

Indeed, you just might leave with two belts, chocolate, some soap, and a brick of manchego cheese. I love how visitors to Poble Espanyol can customize gifts and even have them shipped back home.

Fundació Fran Laurel

Your Poble Espanyol ticket includes a free pass to the Fran Daurel Museum of Contemporary Art.

Here you’ll see 300+ pieces from over 80 artists spanning three contemporary generations. The paintings, sculptures, and drawings of famous artists like Picasso, Miró, Dominguez, and Dalí really delight.

There is also a notable private collection of ceramics with 20 original Picassos.

Hours: Mon 10:00 am to 6:30 pm, Tues to Sun 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Children’s Activities at Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol is a great spot if you’re visiting Barcelona with children.

With a rotating calendar of activities from storytelling to art workshops to the great detective/mystery game in called Gymkhana.

The seasonal classics like the haunted house and Medieval Fair are also can’t-miss.

For more info: family activities at Poble Espanyol.

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Poble Espanyol Events

The main square of Poble Espanyol, a replica of the Castilian square of Riaza, is an idyllic place for large events in the open air.

Poble Espanyol events over the year include Picnic Beat (a venue for outdoor indie rock concerts and DJ sets), a German-style Biergarten in late April and early May, and tons of major concerts.

It’s also home to some of the biggest Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties in Barcelona.

If you’re visiting Barcelona at Easter there’s also their De Flor en Flor flower festival.

Poble Espanyol Exhibitions

In addition to the traditional architecture, it’s only fitting that this unique space offers a prime international exhibition scene – whether it’s contemporary art installations, a sculpture garden, or photography exhibits.

There’s always something on, so ask the people who take your ticket for the most up to date info.

These exhibitions are free with admission.

Poble Espanyol Prices

Ticket window prices at Poble Espanyol are more expensive so please ensure you buy online (instructions below) to get the best market price.

  • Adults (13+): €14.00 (€11.40 with online discount).
  • Kids 4-12: €9.00
  • Kids under 4: free.

Poble Espanyol discounts are available for disabled visitors but I must advise – there is an extreme lack of ramps here which will make it difficult.

Poble Espanyol Tickets

You get Poble Espanyol tickets online via our partner Tiqets: buying online gets you a 20% discount.

Once you’ve bought these skip the line tickets all you’ll have to do is show the tickets on your mobile and you’re good to go.

I’ve responded to 1000’s of questions for free (try me!), so I’d really appreciate you booking using my links. It’s the lowest price possible (good for you) and helps us all live our Barcelona dream (great for us!).

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Booking Poble Espanyol with a Tourist Discount Card

You’ll get a 25% Poble Espanyol discount when buying the three-in-one discount smart card, unlimited transport pass, and free museum passport called the Barcelona Card.

This is fantastic for culture and museum lovers: it saves around €10.00 to €15.00 for basic use.

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If you’re planning on seeing La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell with skip the line tickets you can get yourself a Barcelona Pass and be entitled to 10% discounts on Poble Espanyol and virtually all other main Barcelona attractions.

The pass also includes the Bus Turistic, Barcelona’s hop on hop off bus.

This is for tourists looking to do all the main sites and have it all booked from home: expect to save around €10.00.

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Poble Espanyol Opening Hours

  • Monday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to midnight.

How to Get to Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol is located at Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13, 08038 Barcelona, Spain.

Get off the metro at Plaza Espanya (red line L1 and green line L3).

From there you can get to Poble Espanyol village with a brief, slightly uphill 15 minute walk or take one of the following buses from the square: 13, 23, 150.

You’ll also find it at the ‘Poble Espanyol’ stop of the Barcelona hop on hop off bus tour.

Tips for Visiting Poble Espanyol

  • Buy your Spanish Village tickets online to save 20% and avoid lines.
  • If you’re seeing flamenco anyway, book at Tablao Carmen and arrive a couple hours in advance to see the entire Spanish village for free.
  • Eating here means expensive food and terrace supplements (€2+) so go to one of Barcelona’s best restaurants instead.
  • There’s a designated picnic area if you’d like to pack a lunch and save money.
  • Go early to avoid the crowds.
  • Bicycles are not allowed inside but there’s a designated bike parking zone.
  • The online discount doesn’t apply to senior citizens (65+).
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Poble Espanyol FAQ

What is Poble Espanyol?

Poble Espanyol is a replica village and open air Spanish architecture museum in Barcelona Spain. It incorporates authentic traditions from all the regions in Spain to offer an immersive, all-in-one Spanish tourist experience.

The full scale reproductions of building styles from regions like Andalucia, Aragon, and Galicia provide a scenic backdrop for concerts, exhibitions, museums, traditional crafts shops, artisan studios, and more.

Is Poble Espanyol worth visiting?

Visitors with a strong interest in the authentic traditions of the different regions of Spain will love the great diversity here, though it’s not only buildings – it’s a place to learn crafts, listen to traditional music, and experience the best art that Spain has to offer.

It’s one of the most unique tourist attractions in Spain for those seeking culture.

How long does it take to visit Poble Espanyol?

A standard visit including a walk around the entire village, stops into a few artisan workshops, and a visit to the Fran Daurel Museum should take between 90 minutes and two hours.

Is Poble Espanyol free?

No, Poble Espanyol tickets cost €11.40 when bought with the 20% online discount. If you’re buying at ticket windows you’ll have to play €14.00 per ticket. I recommend buying Poble Espanyol tickets online for this reason.

Can I buy Poble Espanyol tickets at the entrance?

Yes you can, but do keep in mind that buying tickets this way means you’ll be paying €14.00 per ticket. For this reason, most tourists book in advance online to take advantage of the €2.60 discount (€11.40 per person).

How do I get from Montjuic Castle to Poble Espanyol?

It’s about a 30 minute downhill walk from Montjuic Castle to Poble Espanyol.

You can also grab a bus from Montjuic Castle to Poble Espanyol: the 150 bus should get you there in about 15 minutes. The stop is right outside the Telefèric de Montjuïc station.

Visiting Poble Espanyol Barcelona?

The cultural wealth of Poble Espanyol can be an exciting experience and I hope I’ve covered it here.

That said, if you’ve got any more questions about this unique town feel free to write me in the comments below. I’ve responded to thousands of Barcelona holiday questions over the years – so try me!

Also don’t be afraid to join the Poble Espanyol discussion by first giving me a like on the Barcelona Hacks Facebook page.

Or, you can join the almost 10,000 travellers in my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona planners, visitors, and experts.

20 comments
  • September 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm
    rahma
    hi should we show our residence card if we buy the ticket with a discount only for catalonian residence?
    • September 4, 2021 at 4:28 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Rahma, If you've got the card it's 100% guaranteed so I would recommend it just in case... though when I went they said "ok, tell me something in Catalan" and I spoke some basic Catalan and they let me in for the discount ;) Cheers,
  • January 9, 2020 at 7:04 pm
    CNM
    Hi, regarding the student ticket ? Is oversea student (outside Spain) , and in university applicable for it ? Kindly assist. Tq
    • January 9, 2020 at 8:15 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello CNM, Yes indeed foreign students also count... but please ensure you have student ID :) Cheers, Ash
  • December 22, 2019 at 4:40 pm
    Zora
    Hi, I'm planning to buy the Barcelona Card, it means that I can get the 20% discount to enter Poble Espanyol through the ticket window selling. Since i'm coming to Barcelona this mid January, 1) Do you think it's gonna be as crowded as high season if I want to buy the ticket via window selling? 2) How long do people usually spend in Poble Espanyol? 3) It is not necessary for me to buy the packages if I want to watch the Flamenco show at Tablao Carmen, right?
    • December 22, 2019 at 5:08 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Zora, With Poble Espanyol I would say it only gets super crowded in summer so don't expect a huge line... in this case, mid January which is low season, it shouldn't be an issue showing up with your card and getting the discount. When I went to Poble Espanyol I was there in low season as well and it was a bit cold so I only spent about an hour there. Mind you, I wasn't interested in any of the shopping stuff and my friend had no patience for the art museum there so it was a bit brief. I would allocate 90 minutes maximum for the visit. The Flamenco carries a €10.00 discount if you have the card so I would recommend it, though of course it is not needed... though saving money is always good ;) Cheers, Ash
      • January 15, 2020 at 12:21 am
        Zora
        Hey thanks for the reply. Just a quick one, is Barcelona Card different from Hola Barcelona Card? Or both are the same? I'm departing to Madrid today! Soo excited! Look forward to your reply, thanks again! Best, Zora
        • January 15, 2020 at 8:26 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          Yes indeed they are! I break down the differences in the main passes here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/which-barcelona-discount-travel-card/ :)
  • December 19, 2019 at 11:51 am
    ajit
    Hi. I have bought a barcelona city card. So i will be getting some discount for the tickets at the castle. But i need to wait inline and buy a ticket. Is my understanding correct
    • December 19, 2019 at 1:11 pm
      Ajit
      Thank you. Further I have another query. Since I have the Barcelona card, there few places such as Poble espanyol where there is 20% discount on tickets. But anyway I have to buy tickets at the counter. So my worry is that I need to spend a lot of tine in queue trying to buy tickets. Is my concern worth fussing over ?
    • December 19, 2019 at 12:20 pm
      Lucile
      Hi, Just to be sure, did you buy a Barcelona City Pass or a Barcelona Card? :)
      • December 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm
        Ajit
        The Barcelona city card..it’s 54 euro
        • December 19, 2019 at 1:28 pm
          Lucile
          Ok, I assume you bought the Barcelona Card for 120 hours then. Unfortunately there is no discount on the Castle of Montjuic with this card... If you're not talking about the castle but about the Poble Espanyol (the subject of the article above), yes there is a discount of 20% with the Barcelona Card and you'll have to wait at the ticket windows to buy your ticket :) Cheers, Lucile
          • December 19, 2019 at 1:29 pm
            ajit
            Alright Lucil..Thanks very much :)
  • August 30, 2019 at 2:47 pm
    haresh shah
    will the booking email on my mobile suffice ? printout must ?
    • August 31, 2019 at 2:14 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hola Haresh, When I went and tried to show my ticket on a mobile it was not possible and I had to make use of a printer there. I would definitely just make sure to get a printed version. Hotels or hostels will usually do this for free so it's low hassle. Cheers, Ash
  • September 2, 2018 at 4:44 pm
    Nick
    Hey Ash, Thinking of taking my folks to P Español but concerned at the amount of slopes and steps. Are there must sees in the attraction that warrant a cheap entrance fee on Groupon without a full blown trek? Cheers, Nick
    • September 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Nick, Taking a bus up there will mean avoiding the slopes and steps. In the area itself there aren't a lot of obstacles honestly and it's just like visiting the city centre of a normal Spanish town, fairly flat. If you can get a big discount on Groupon then go for it... can't see any downsides to that. The attractions are what are outlined above, I don't know if I would call them particularly special along the lines of Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, but very interesting none the less. Ash
  • December 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm
    Parikshit Jhajharia
    Hi, 1. We are a little confused in making a choice among the clubs you have listed for the new year's party. We are looking for some place with good music(if possible, house music), is economical (25-35 Euros cover charges) and starts before midnight 2. How about Fiesta Poble Espanyol? I mean i could not understand the concept of the club (seems make-shift). I am interested in this because it seems reasonable. Please elaborate 3. Do you think there is an alternative to the above list that i could go to and have a nice new year's theme party
    • December 18, 2017 at 5:33 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Parikshit, First off I'll point you to my New Year's Eve article just in case you haven't seen: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/barcelona-new-years-eve/ In it I've listed the best options and I think one thing you should consider is the night at Apolo. Not only is it the best value for your money (at 25.00 euro) but it'll have a more local/young feel. For Poble Espanyol it's essentially three parties in one because there's the massive outdoor party at the Plaza Mayor, there's a second indoor club, and there's also a VIP section. It's the biggest party going so if you want a big one for a bit more money this is the choice. Unfortunately with your budget there won't be many options left as early bird prices are already expired. My one other suggestion would be a cool little techno club called Moog that has 15 euro advance tickets and 20 on the door: https://www.facebook.com/events/188314155055861/ It's a tiny place but I've always had a great time there. Not the best if you want a massive party and tons of people, but within your budget and music taste it would be great. Anyway, hope I have been a help! Let me know if you need anything else :) Ash
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