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Poble Espanyol Barcelona – Info, Tips, Discount Tickets

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Update 13/03/20: Poble Espanyol is closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial closure is expected to last 15 days. For updates please check out my group I’m Off to Barcelona.

What’s your biggest problem with travel? For me it’s time.

To take a decent gulp of Spain’s diverse cultural sangria would take me a lifetime of weekends and enough Ryanair flights to have me committed to the nearest hospital psiquiátrico.

But what if I told you that you could visit all of Spain’s fifteen regions over an afternoon?

Cue Poble Espanyol Barcelona.

What is Poble Espanyol?

Poble Espanyol (‘Spanish Village’) counts 117 replica buildings surrounding its many squares and gardens. The 50,000 m² full-scale reproduced village is found at the top of Montjuic Hill, among some of the city’s best panoramic views.

It’s an open air architecture museum. Within its walls you’ll experience the immense architectural diversity of all 15 of Spain’s regions, serving as a model of the perfect Iberian town complete with houses and shops.

Originally built for the Barcelona World’s Fair in 1929, it was left in place due to the enormous success of the exhibit. It’s now the fourth most visited attraction in the city and a staple in any well-planned Barcelona itinerary.

What to Do at Poble Espanyol

What you’ll see at this charming Spanish village is best summed up in the following video:

Yes, in case you missed it you’ll take a walk through the Spanish soul and see:

  • The narrow, white streets of Andalusia.
  • Flamenco shows.
  • Aragon’s stone houses.
  • Enchanting squares with Spanish guitar and cool bars.
  • Pre-Roman Asturian architecture.
  • Classic Castillan monuments.
  • Paella!

Handicraft Shops and Gourmet Cuisine

The commercial aspect of Poble Espanyol is primarily a venue for local 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 just might leave with two belts, a guitar, some soap, a lamp, rings, and a new pair of clogs.

There’s no better Barcelona shopping option for real souvenirs and gifts than Spanish Village: here you’ll be able to customize your gifts and even have them shipped back home.

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

Fundació Fran Laurel

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

See 300+ pieces from over 80 artists spanning three contemporary generations. The paintings, sculptures, and drawings of heavyweights like Picasso, Miró, Dominguez, and Dalí delight.

There is also a notable ceramics collection holding 20 original Picassos.

Hours: Mon 10:00 am to 18:30, Tues to Sun 10:00 am to 19:00.

Children’s Activities

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.

Upcoming Events in 2020

  • March 21st and 22nd brings the Barcelona Puppetry Festival. The two days will be dedicated to the teaching of this antique art. For anybody interested in marionette theater this is highly recommended. Check out the official Poble Espanyol site for more info.
  • On March 28th Poble Espanyol hosts a day of popular Catalan culture and gastronomic glory with its calçotada, a type of massive open air BBQ dedicated to one of the most famous local dishes: the calçot, a type of green onion.

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: €14.00 (€12.60 with online discount).
  • Adult + audio guide €17.50 (€14.90 with online discount).
  • Kids 4-12: €7.00 (€6.35 with online discount).
  • Kids under 4: free.
  • Students: €10.50.
  • 65+: €9.00.

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

a pan of seafood paella at bodega joan restaurant in barcelona spain a pan of seafood paella at bodega joan restaurant in barcelona spain
Get a paella tasting menu at the legendary Bodega Joan!

Poble Espanyol Tickets

You get Poble Espanyol tickets online via Ticketbar: buying online gets you a 10% discount.

Once you’ve bought your tickets all you’ll have to do is print off the emailed voucher and show up. You’ll skip the lines. Click the button below to be directed to Ticketbar’s website.

POBLE ESPANYOL
Save 10% booking now

With a Tourist Discount Card

You’ll get a 20% Poble Espanyol Barcelona discount plus €1.00 off the video guide when buying the three-in-one discount card, transport pass, and veritable museum passport called the Barcelona Card.

If you’re planning on seeing La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell with line-skipping tickets you can get yourself a Barcelona City Pass and be entitled to 20% discounts on Poble Espanyol and virtually all other main Barcelona attractions.

Free with a Poble Espanyol Flamenco Show

Your Poble Espanyol admission is included with the flamenco show at Tablao Carmen.

You’ll find this right in the heart of the Andalusian quarter of the village. In addition to the one hour show you can select packages including drink only, dinner + show, and tapas + show. Prices start at €43.00.

Hours: dinner/show 6:15 pm/7:00 pm or 8:45 pm/9:30 pm.

For more info click here.

At Ticket Windows

If you want to pay the entire Poble Espanyol ticket price (€14.00) with no discounts plus have to line up then you can also get them at ticket windows.

This is not recommended especially during high season.

Poble Espanyol Opening Hours

  • Monday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 9:00 am to 00:00 am.
  • Friday: 9:00 am to 3:00 am.
  • Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:00 am.

From January 13th until February 6th 2020 Poble Espanyol is open Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. 

How to Get to Poble Espanyol

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: 13, 23, 150.

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

Poble Espanyol Hacks

  • Buy your Spanish Village tickets online to save 10% 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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Skip lines and save money buying tickets online!

Keep Hammering Me With Comments

I’ve told you before and I’ll tell you again – I have no life. I’m sitting at the computer waiting for you to ask me ANY question about your Barcelona holiday.

Whether it’s Poble Espanyol tickets, how to get around the village, or how to find an Anarco-Panamanian tea house with vegan donuts made by Shaolin monks I’ll try my best to find it for you.

Fire away below.

Also don’t be afraid to join the Poble Espanyol discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

18 comments
  • 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
      Team Member
      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
          Team Member
          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
      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
          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
      Team Member
      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
      Team Member
      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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