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Poble Espanyol: discover all of Spain without leaving Barcelona!

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Did you know that traveling all over Spain in a single day is possible?

Located in the heart of Barcelona, Poble Espanyol is more than just a tourist spot: it is a journey through the cultural diversity of Spain. This picturesque village recreates the architecture and atmosphere of different regions of Spain through more than 100 replicas of the most iconic corners of the country.

This magical place in Barcelona offers a variety of experiences all year round that suit all audiences and all ages. Here are some ideas of what to see and do in Barcelona’s Poble Espanyol .

A bit of history…

Francesc Folguera and Ramón Reventós created this space on the occasion of the International Exposition of Barcelona in 1929. The intention was to reproduce buildings, squares and streets from all over Spain on a real scale. They chose these places after visiting 1,600 towns on the Peninsula. Poble Espanyol also celebrates craftsmanship. If you visit this space you can see 18 artisans working in situ.

The Fran Daurel Museum and the Guinovart Space add the artistic touch. The former gathers the best of Spanish contemporary art with works by artists such as Dalí, Picasso and Miró. The Guinovart Space hosts various temporary exhibitions.

Do you prefer to enjoy art outdoors? Discover the Sculpture Garden, a space where in addition to sculptures you can enjoy the views of Barcelona from its viewpoint.

Join us on a journey through the different areas and monuments that make this place an unforgettable experience!

Areas of Poble Espanyol

1. Central Zone ( Main Square): the heart of Poble Espanyol

Main Square in Poble Espanyol

As soon as we walk in, we find the central area. This zone offers great views of the typical architecture of inland Spain, representing the areas of Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, Madrid and Extremadura.

One of the most famous and favorite spots for visitors is the Main Square, the vibrant heart of Poble Espanyol. Here, you can’t miss photographing the colorful stalls of the artisan market and its little streets covered with colorful umbrellas, where you can appreciate the fine work of local artisans who bring this place to life.

2. Northern Zone: Aragon, La Rioja, Cantabria, Asturias, Basque Country and Galicia.

We will now head towards the Northern Zone, where we will experience the cultural beauty of the regions of Aragon, La Rioja, Cantabria, Asturias, the Basque Country and Galicia.

Staircases in the North Zone of Poble Espanyol

If you are a hiking enthusiast, you’ve surely heard of the famous Camino de Santiago. If so, you will be happy to know that Poble Espanyol offers you the opportunity to live a small experience on this route, without leaving Barcelona.

Along the route within the North Zone, you can admire replicas of emblematic points of the Camino de Santiago, such as the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, the church of Santa Maria del Camino in Leon, or the Puente La Rabia in Burgos.

3. Southern Zone: Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Murcia.

The Southern Zone of Poble Espanyol immerses you in the magic of Andalusia, where you can feel the coziness of the south and lose yourself in its white streets, its flowery courtyards and its traditional crafts. This area features the typical architecture of Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Murcia.

Here are some of the must-sees on your visit to this area:

Typical Andalusian architecture at Poble Espanyol
  • Church of Santa Maria: Contemplate the Church of Santa Maria, a replica of a Mudejar church from the 14th century. Its brick facade and bell tower are characteristic elements of Andalusian architecture.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art located in the southern part of Poble Espanyol. Enjoy a collection of art from the post-war period to the present day.
  • Cooking workshops: Participate in a cooking workshop and learn how to prepare typical Andalusian dishes. Taste paellas, flamenquines or tortillas from Sacromonte.
  • Flamenco shows: Enjoy an unforgettable meal at the Tablao de Carmen, enjoying a traditional show with dancing, singing and guitar playing.

If you have not yet visited the south of Spain, this is your chance to enjoy a “teaser” of what Andalusia has waiting for you, we are sure you will fall in love with it!

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4. Mediterranean Zone: Catalonia, Balearic Islands and Valencia.

Monastery of Sant Miquel

The Mediterranean Zone of Poble Espanyol takes you to explore the modern and avant-garde Barcelona, the beauty of the Valencian community and the typical architecture of the Balearic Islands.

We recommend a visit to the Monastery of Sant Miquel, a Romanesque-style chapel, whose esplanade offers wonderful panoramic views of Barcelona. Many visitors do not make it to the monastery as it is somewhat remote; however, we encourage you to do so as there are usually few people and the views are more than worth it.

If you like contemporary art, the Mediterranean Zone has for you the collection of contemporary sculptures of the Fran Daurel Foundation. A must-see for art lovers.

How to get from Barcelona to Poble Espanyol?

Getting to Poble Espanyol from the center of Barcelona is super easy with Barcelona City Tour‘s Hop on Hop off tourist bus!

Just take the Orange route from any stop and get off at stop number 10 “Poble Espanyol”.

Remember that by presenting your Barcelona City Tour Hop on Hop off tourist bus ticket you have a 20% discount on your tickets! To enjoy this special discount, you just have to present your bus voucher when you buy your entrance at the Poble Espanyol’s ticket office.

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Whether you are a foreign visitor exploring Spain or a Spanish visitor discovering Barcelona, Poble Espanyol is a must! Be sure to visit it and get to know a little more of Spain’s cultural richness.

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