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.
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
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.
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
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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.
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.
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+).
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.
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