Would you like to know more about Spanish culture and the different regions in Spain, but you only have a few days in Barcelona? Then “El Poble Espanyol”, or the “Spanish village” is perfect for you! Plan a day out of the busy city of Barcelona and discover the variety of Spain.
“El Poble Espanyol” has been built for the Barcelona International Exhibition in 1929 in order to show visitors from all over the world what architecture in the Spanish territory looks like. Just outside the big city of Barcelona and within the oasis of green at the Montjuïc mountain, a little village in typical Castellan style can be found. There are 117 buildings, each of them representing the architecture of one of the 15 regions in Spain.
You can enter the village through a big medieval gate, one of the 11 that surrounded the city of Alvila. You then find yourself at the “Plaza Mayor”, surrounded by buildings in Castilian and Aragonese style. On this big square, many activities, such as concerts or flamenco spectacles, take place. When walking through the village, you can enjoy the narrow streets of typical historic city centers and browse through the many handcraft shops and enjoy a drink or a meal at one of the restaurants.
The “Spanish village” is described as an open-air museum, including more than 40 craft workshops, where you can discover how things like ceramics, glass fusing and instrument-making are done traditionally. Furthermore, there are many exhibitions of contemporary art to be found. The permanent Fundació Fran Daurel presents more than 300 works from famous artists like Picasso, Dalí and Miró. More art can be found in the SculptureGarden, the village’s park with 27 sculptures.
“El Poble Espanyol” is also a perfect idea for a nice day out with kids. They will love all the handcraft workshops and with the ‘Treasure Hunt’, they will enjoy discovering about the history and culture of many Spanish regions.