A place not to miss when you visit Barcelona! El Poble Espanyol is a reproduction to scale of 117 typical building of different Spanish regions. You can then visit the whole country without leaving Barcelona. Discover this monument while you stay in our familial aparthotel in Barcelona.
El Poble Espanyol was built for Barcelona International Exhibition of 1929. It took 5 years for the architects and artists to research, which means visiting more than 1600 Spanish town and built El Poble. Meant to be a pavilion representing Spain, it was supposed to be demolished at the end of the International Exhibition. However, the City Council decided to keep it after the success it had. Indeed, during the Exhibition, numerous events were planned here, as traditional dancing, bullfighting, competitions…
Unfortunately, in 1936, Spanish Civil War was declared. El Poble was not used for leisure anymore; it became an internment camp for prisoners. By the end of the war (1950), the site was almost a ruin.
After the war, the City Council tried to bring El Poble back to normal, but the attempt failed. It is only in 1986 that changes were operated and worked. Visitors are coming back, but some financial issues are not resolved.
Finally, in 1996, a group of entrepreneurs decided to manage the project by renovating the architecture, implementing handicrafts and contemporary arts. Nowadays, El Poble Espanyol is a real living place, for tourists and Barcelona inhabitants.
2. What to see
Nowadays, the Poble Espanyol is a treasure and a testimony of Spanish culture, architecture and art. As you can see on the map (below), the Poble is divided in five zones, four representing each one a region:
Mediterranean (in blue), going from Costa Brava to Cabo de a Gata is reflected in the Spanish cuisine, custom, its people character and the traditions
Southern Spain (in yellow), where the culture is synonymous with Flamenco, Iberian ham, gazpacho, white wall building…
Central Spain (in red), with its arid plains and mountains, set of the classic Don Quichotte, where you find majestic castles and windmills. The classical then, with its challenging weather and full of history
Northern Spain (in green), famous for its green valleys, Basque traditions, in the cuisine, architecture and language, the Celtic influence or the prehistoric heritage.
You will also find an area (in purple) dedicated to Spanish contemporary art, especially with the Fran Daurel Museum, gathering more than 300 works, including some from the greatest artists like Picasso, Dalí or Miró. Furthermore, a special spaces for the Camino de Santiago, as this route is so special in the country.
Obviously, for each region, you will see the typical architecture and food, to be immerse in the local culture.
Discover also different workshops, from textile to jewelry, leather to glass works… More than 20 artisans are working here all year long.
3. Family activities & tickets
Important information: Poble Espanyol is opened 365 days a year, only the time changes according to the days and season.
The tickets, online, are 12.60 euros per adult and 6.30 euros per child between 4 and 12 years old. Children under 4 years old have free admission and you can also have a family fare, for two adults and two children for 36 euros.
There is also festivals and shows organised in Poble Sec, like clown show, puppet show, family rock concert… Find the events calendar for more information.
We hope this guide will help you through the streets of Poble Sec, a main attraction in Barcelona that you can enjoy with the whole family while you are staying at our familial aparthotel in Sarrià.