Poble Espanyol

Cultural Centre in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Welcome to Spain! All of it! This ‘Spanish Village’ is an intriguing scrapbook of Spanish architecture built for the Spanish crafts section of the 1929 World Exhibition. You can meander from Andalucía to Galicia in the space of a couple of hours, visiting surprisingly good copies of Spain's characteristic structures. The 117 buildings include 17 restaurants, cafes and bars, and 20 craft shops and workshops (for glass artists and other artisans), as well as souvenir stores.

Enter from beneath a towered medieval gate from Ávila. Inside, to the right, an information office has free maps and a worthwhile multimedia guide (€3.50; leave a €20 deposit). Straight ahead from the gate is Plaza Mayor (Town Sq), surrounded with mainly Castilian and Aragonese buildings. It is sometimes the scene of summer concerts. Elsewhere you’ll find an Andalucian barrio (district), a Basque street, Galician and Catalan quarters, and even a Dominican monastery (at the eastern end).

There is also an excellent multimedia exhibition enabling you to experience some of Spain's best festivals, including La Tomatina (a giant tomato fight) and Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Andalucía.

Spare some time for the Fundació Fran Daurel, an eclectic collection of 300 works of art, including sculptures, prints, ceramics and tapestries by modern artists ranging from Picasso and Miró to more contemporary figures, such as Miquel Barceló.

Children’s groups can participate in the Joc del Sarró. Accompanied by adults, the kids go around the poble seeking answers to various mysteries outlined in a kit distributed to each group. Languages include English.


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