If you don't know much of Spain, and have no time to visit it, this touristy park will allow you a glimpse of its architecture and ambiances.
I do like Spain, and, believe me, it is much more interesting to visit the "real thing" in the "real place", with the "real people". But...OK, take your time.
Back on the Bus again and only until the next stop. I had read about the Poble Espanyol and decided to visit and make up my own mind about it. We didn't pay the extra to see a Flamenco show.
Poble Espanyol was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition as the pavilion dedicated to art. It is an open air model of a Spanish Village, containing 117 buildings, streets and squares which were all reproduced to scale.
I loved this village! It was so pretty, and then there were all the craft shops that I enjoyed browsing in. Top quality, and top price!
There are plenty of different shops, ones that sell souvenirs, and Restaurant's and Cafes. We found plenty of interest and just enjoyed strolling the streets and browsing the shops.
To us, it was a very pleasant area to spend quite a bit of time.
Entrance fee in 2011...Adult....... 9,50 €
Children (aged 4 to 12)............. 5,60 €
The “Spanish Village” could be called as an ethnographical village, representing different Spanish architecture styles and crafts. It was built in 1929 for an International Exhibition. After it ended there was decision to take it away, but popularity of Poble Espaniol was very big, so place was left untouched till these days. Here you could see only copies of famous Spanish buildings, including Andalusia white houses or other popular sites.
At the entrance the brochure is given, where you could see plan of village and main sights described. Most buildings house a souvenir shop, restaurant, and gallery, so on.
The ticket is about 9 euros for an adult.
Well, for starters, this doesn't have enough information. It's very short and brief, but how are the readers supposed to really understand the beauty of Poble Espanyol de Montjuic if there's only 2 sentences there? Come on guys!
Just off one side of the Poble Espanyol (along the street), is a very interesting sculpture garden. To go to the garden, you have to exit the Portanl d'en Bover and go down a few steps. I don't know it they change the exhibit to show different artists from time to time, but at the time of our visit, we saw some intriguing, finely-executed, and quite dramatic pieces of art. We were there at nighttime, and the lighting added to the impact.
Most people miss this part of Poble Espanyol, as they stick to the streets and the main sights. It's worth visiting, especially in the evening.
That's Espanyol with a "y"! This attraction is a simulation of a European village and has different types of little shops that sell different types of handicrafts. This place also has a little park with sculptures. This place also has good views of Barcelona and is a stone's throw from a lot of other attractions. If you're riding the sightseeing bus, then use the coupon that's inside the discount booklet that's provided to take a couple of Euros off the entrance fee (8 Euros normally). A clever museum. I'll spare you the history of the place seeing as how you must visit and explore it for yourself!
El Poble was the site of the 1929 International Exhibition and has interesting reproductions of buildings and street scenes from the 15 regions of Spain. If your short on time and would like to experience just a little of the magic of Spanish architecture, then El Poble is the place to head to.
Its more than a collection of buildings.
El Poble has an amazing array of hand crafts to see and buy, with over 40 craft shops, but wait there's more, as the TV advert screams - plenty for the kids to do and see and yes, plenty of food and drinks too.
Allow at least 3 hours to visit to El Poble - and much more if you get into a buying frenzy - LOL
Admittance charges, audio guide available, seniors discount card accepted
Poble Espanyol is a rather small but entertaining open air museum in the Montjuic hill area.
The open air museum features architectures from different parts of Spain and in the large square you can sit and eat snacks while soaking the sun.
There are many shops in the complex selling crafts and souvenirs.
On a good sunny day it's a lot of fun coming here; just be prepared and bring a bottle of water since the hike up the hill will leave you thirsty :)
Admission to the complex costs 7.5 Euro for adults.
It is open daily from 9am until 10pm on Mondays and until past midnight on other days.
Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) was my first stop on my walk around the Olympic area.
It is described as Spain in Miniature and was originally built for the 1929 International Exhibition. In 1988 the village was renovated and new attractions were added.
It contains recreations of several Spanish buildings most of which are used as shops and restaurants.
Several of Poble Espanyol's buildings are exact reproductions of existing buildings, others are a representation of a specific architectural style.
An adult ticket costs 7.50 Euro
It's called Spanish village with different style of houses and architecture from different parts of Spain. Full of small lanes and yard. Many local craft shops where you can find tradionally made Spanish goods and artworks by local artists.
It's nice to wander around the area... or have a rest in the cafe beside the plaza..
The Park Guëll, with its strange buildings and vistas, reminded me slightly of Portmeirion. The Poble Espanyol – an artificial ‘village’ created for the Universal Exhibition of 1929, containing examples of architecture from each region of Spain is even more like Portmeirion.
The buildings house souvenir shops, exhibitions and cafes, including an exhibition of fans, with an alarming commentary: “Foamy specimen and of manual prestige, the fate, whatever ends be in its use in feminine presdigitation, still conserves its suprahistorical charm of fascinating manufacture…”. The central square is often used for performances and concerts. We left hurriedly as a country and western group started to perform.
If you have seen the film - the last scenes have been produced here. The Poble Español is a gathering of different architectural styles and houses and places from all over in Spain. In the houses you find some restaurants and craftmans offer their traditional works.
''Since it was conceived in 1929, El Poble Espanyol has been considered as a different, unique space in the city. Its urban layout – a real village with streets and squares, without wheeled traffic and in the natural surroundings of the hill at Montjuïc – has helped to create a special microcosm, offering an invitation to escape the city's daily routine.''
says in the brochure.Unfortunately I didn't feel much authentic feeling of being in an Espanyol community.There are many expensive restaurants and shops instead and modern art museums.(surprisingly there are free)
I guess this place is a little bit for Espanols that wants to have a different day ; eating and shopping.
I don't like this place much at all.But took so many photos:))
The Poble Espanyol ( Spanish Village) was built for the Universal Exposition,representing Spain's varied regions including replicas of houses,church towers,plazas etc. arrange along a network of streets and villages square.There is also Flamenco shows from Tuesday til Sunday,first show will start at 7:45 til 9pm,the second is from 10:00 til 11:15pm.
One of the places I enjoyed a lot was the Spanish Village. It was built for the International Exhibition in 1929, with the idea of bring to its visitors representative samples of the architecture of the different regions of Spain, presented together in the form of a village, conceived as a single unity. Actually it was prepared just for the time of the Exhibition but it still standing todays thanks to its success. There are buildings depicting monument of all the country, mixed in harmony and looking as if they were a real town. In addition they take into account the traditional plants of each region. There are lots of restaurants (we had supper in one of them) and handicraft shops, as well as some shows. If you join the enclosure later than 20:00 you'll pay half price.
Uno de los lugares que disfruté particularmente fue el Pueblo Español. Se construyó para la Exposición Internacional de 1929, con la idea de llevar a sus visitantes ejemplos representativos de arquitectura de las diferentes regiones de España, presentadas juntas, como si de un sólo pueblo se tratase. Realmente se preparó sólo para la duración de la Exposición pero continua hoy en día gracias a su éxito. Hay edificios representando monumentos de todo el país, mezclados en armonía y pareciendo que son verdaderamente una sóla ciudad. Además tienen en cuenta las plantas tradicionales de cada región. Hay muchos restaurantes (cenamos en uno de ellos) y tiendas de artesanía, así como algunos espectáculos. Si entras en el recinto pasadas las 8 de la tarde pagarás la mitad de la entrada.
Visiting hours / Horario de visita
January and February:
Mondays to Thursdays / Lunes a jueves:9:00 - 20:00
Fridays and Saturdays / Viernes y sábados:9:00 - 4:00
Sundays / Domingos:9:00 - 24:00
March to December:
Mondays / Lunes:9:00 - 20:00
Tuesdays to Thursdays / Martes a jueves:9:00 - 2:00
Fridays and Saturdays / Viernes y sábados:9:00 - 4:00
Sundays / Domingos:9:00 - 24:00