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.
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.
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.
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.
€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.
Poble Espanyol Tickets
You get Poble Espanyol tickets online via Tiqets: 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 Tiqets website.
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 Pass and be entitled to 10% 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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