An open-air museum that takes you on a journey through Spain
Poble Espanyol, which literally means Spanish town, is an open-air museum that reproduces buildings that are representative of the various areas that make up Spain. There are also works of contemporary art on display and you can enjoy Spain’s craftwork and gastronomy.
What to visit at Poble Espanyol
The Poble Espanyol enclosure, on Montjuïc Mountain covers a surface area of 49,000 m² and contains 117 full-scale buildings, representing 15 of Spain’s autonomous communities. These constructions make up a town with streets, houses, squares, theatres, restaurants and craft workshops. At Poble Espanyol you can also visit the Fran Daurel Museum, which has a private collection of contemporary art that includes works by Miró, Dalí and Picasso, in addition to night clubs, a theatre and tablaos (flamenco venues).
The Poble Espanyol Architectural Museum was constructed for the 1929 International Exposition. The aim was to build a town that would showcase the best examples of Spanish architecture such as Andalusian patios, Catalan country houses, Castilian manor houses, rows of wooden balconies typical of the Basque Country, and Romanesque churches. The town was planned to be demolished after the exposition, but it was maintained thanks to its huge popularity.
How do you get to Poble Espanyol?
On the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic hop off at the Poble Espanyol stop.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer", directed by Tom Tykwer, based on Patrick Süskind’s novel, was partly shot in Barcelona and Poble Espanyol doubled as the main square of the town of Grasse in the movie’s final scene.
- Local’s tip: It is advisable to use the audio guides available at the information point. They help you appreciate the value of the site as a museum of Spanish architecture.
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