Poble Espanyol

The main square in the Poble Espanyol, Barcelona
The main plaza in Barcelona's Poble Espanyol. (Photo by Klearchos Kapoutsis)

Tour Spain in a nutshell at the Poble Espanyol "Spanish Village" on Montjuïc Hill in Barcelona

A replica of the Torre de Utebo from Zaragoza in Barcelona's Poble Espanyol.
A replica of the Torre de Utebo from Zaragoza in Barcelona's Poble Espanyol. (Photo by Hedwig Storch)
For the 1929 World’s Fair, Barcelona created a simulated Spanish village high on top of Montjuïc.

Here, 117 houses, structures, streets, and squares reproduce Spanish monuments and buildings from over the last 1,000 years.

Think of it as an early version of EPCOT, only one focused just on Spain—and instead of rides, it has restaurants, souvenir shops, flamenco bars, and a surprising number of artisan workshops and craftsperson studios crafting (and selling) traditonal Spanish goods.

Arts & crafts

A lacemaker working in Barcelona's Poble Espanyol.
A lacemaker working in the Poble Espanyol. (Photo courtesy of the Poble Espanyol)
About 40 of the replica buildings are craft workshops, where on-site artisans make everything from lace, cermaics, leather, glassware, and jewelry to hand-woven fabrics, paper products, wrought-iron, stained glass, and even a traditional guitar maker.

You can even take lessons (weekdays; roughly 10am–3pm) in everything from glass-blowing, basketry, leatherwork, and making your own stained glass to crafting ceramics like Picasso, baking bread, and farming a Mediterranean garden.

The Poble also hosts exhibits of contemporary art, from gallery spaces to outdoor sculpture gardens.

Dinner, drinks, and dancing

A lacemaker working in Barcelona's Poble Espanyol.
The Flamenco show at El Tablao de Carmen. (Photo courtesy of El Tablao de Carmen)
Eigthteen of the Poble Espanyol's structures have been converted into restaurants, cafes, and delicatessens with everything from tapas and crepes to Andalusian dishes (at Patio Cordobés) and plenty of Catalan cuisine.

The Poble Espanyol also features monthly culinary showcasess, and furthermore highlights the food culture of a different region of Spain on the last Saturday of each month at its Gatropop events—all of which helps take this from being a historical bit of touristy kitsch into something approaching genuine cultural interest. Or at least culinary interest.

With other buildings housing discos, bars, and even a flamenco club (El Tablao de Carmen), the Poble Espanyol makes for an entertaining spot for a full evening out.

Tips & Links

Poble Espanyol details


Avda. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
[ Montjuïc ]

Tel. +34-935-086-300


Mon 9am–8pm
Tues-Thurs & Sun 9am–midnight
Fri 9am–3am
Sat 9am–4am


With Barcelona Card: 25% discount
Hop-on/hop-off bus discount: 25%


Metro: Pl. Espanya (L1, L3, L8, S4, S8, S33), then bus 150
Bus: 150
Hop-on/Hop-off route: West, South (red)



How long does Poble Espanyol take?

Planning your day: I'd say to give the Poble Espanyol its due, plan to wander the craft shops for a while—maybe 45 minutes, unless you plan to do some serious shopping—then stay for dinner and a bit of clubbing or the flamenco show. So, count back from the time of you dinner reservation however much time you need to shop.

Also, if you've booked the flamenco show plan to show up after 4pm, since your flamenco ticket gets you get in for free at that point.

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You can also get a combined ticket to the Poble Espanyol and the nearby Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya art museum for €18.

Useful links & resources


Barcelona tourist info: Barcelonaturisme.com (info office), Guiadelocio.com (events mag); Catalunya.com (regional info), Spain.info

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2013.
All information was accurate at the time.

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