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Poble Espanyol - Open Air Museum and Events Venue

Visiting Poble Espanyol in Montjuïc, Barcelona. Spanish village built 1929 for the Universal Exhibition. Tips, tickets and free entry

Updated: Jul 5, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.7k

About Poble Espanyol Walled Village

El Poble Espanyol or Spanish village is a walled village enclosure in Montjuïc that reflects the diverse traditional architectural styles from all over Spain.

Poble Espanyol History

Poble Espanyol was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition and contains 117 full scale buildings inspired by constructions from geographic zones of Spain such as Andalusia, Castile and Leon, Navarra, the Basque Country and Catalonia. In the middle of the walled village is a large square.

The plan was to demolish Poble Espanyol once the International Exhibition was over but the museum was preserved because of its great success. Poble Espanyol today hosts many different events including gastronomic, festivals, concerts in summer, flamenco shows, private events such as weddings, and children's activities.

Visiting Poble Espanyol Walled Village

As well as the diverse architecture from around Spain, Poble Espanyol has more than 30 artisan shops making handmade items of blown glass, leather, ceramics, jewellery, masks, baskets, and Spanish guitars which are sold to the visitors.

Within the walls of Poble Espanyol is the Fran Daurel Museum which has a collection consisting of works by contemporary artists that deal with abstraction to figurative art and moving in formalism, expressionism, surrealism, hyperrealism and conceptualism.

At night, Sala Upload, a club and live music venue is open till after midnight for events.

El Poble Espanyol hosts concerts in the main square in the summer. I have seen Jeff Beck, ZZ top and Lenny Kravitz here. By buying a ticket to these concerts, I automatically had free entry into Poble Espanyol so I arrived 1 hour before the start of each concert to walk around the interior. See the doors opening time on the concert ticket.

Additionally, Poble Espanyol hosts local bands and events such as live blues music in the summer. Buying tickets for these events also allows free access into the site and I generally arrive a little early to walk round the various streets on the interior.

Within Poble Espanyol, Is Tablao de Carmen created in tribute to the iconic bailaora (flamenco dancer) Carmen Amaya. The Tablao de Carmen offers a true traditional Flamenco Show with drinks and tapas or a dinner as is the tradition for live Flamenco. The Tablau de Carmen ticket includes free access to Poble Espanyol.

Over christmas and New years Eve, the main square has a large heated marque which hosts parties including the new years eve party that starts after the Plaça España Fireworks display.

Poble Espanyol Opening Hours

What to take with you for Poble Espanyol Walled Village

Entry with bicycles is prohibited, as well as moving round the interior on skates or playing ball games.

The small upper area of Monestir de Sant Miquel involves crossing a wooden bridge that has 3 steps, The rest of the interior spaces are on one level with ramps so easy to move around with wheel chairs and push chairs.

There is no bicycle anchorage outside Poble Espanyol.

Entry may be refused with large bags or suitcases.

Poble Espanyol Walled Village Tickets

40,000 m2 of open air space that is home to 117 full-scale constructions. Walking around Poble Espanyol you will discover, as well, an important representation of 20 different crafts workshops in which professionals from different generations work with glass, ceramic, leather and wicker products, among others.

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Enjoy an authentic flamenco dancing show by professional musicians and dancers in Barcelona. You will be immersed in the centuries-long tradition of Spanish culture while savouring a delicious tapas menu with a glass of wine. Located in the Poble Espanyol de Montjuïc this ticket includes entry into Poble Espanyol.

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Getting to Poble Espanyol Walled Village

Address: Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guardia 13, Barcelona. 08038

Nearest TMB Metro is Plaça España on the green (L3) and Red (L1) lines being a 10 minute walk from the station. Use a T-Casual or Hola-Barcelona travel card.

The Barcelona Bus Touristic Red Route Stops outside of Poble Espanyol.

The 150 bus stops directly in front of the main entrance to Poble Espanyol. You can find the 150 bus route map in the Montjuïc page documents section.

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