Poble Espanyol (The Spanish Village) is a village in the Montjuic area in Barcelona. Its aim is to present the characteristics of the colorful and culturally, architecturally diverse Spanish life in one place. Actually, the village is a combination of all of the architectural styles that are present in Spain (for additional information – Architecture in Barcelona).
Besides the streets and buildings which are designed in different styles that characterize Spain, you can meet with actors dressed up as traditional Sephardic kings – Sephardim belong to a Jewish community which its members lived once in Spain and Portugal but during the inquisition they were dispelled (for additional information – History of Barcelona and Jews in Barcelona). It is a nice park where one can take a short pleasant tour, however, some tourists consider it to be a little bit too commercialized.
Similar to other places in the area, for example, Font màgica de Montjuïc (Magic Fountain of Montjuic) on Plaça d’Espanya and Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Poble Espanyol was built for the Second Barcelona Universal Exposition that took place in 1929 (for additional information – History of Barcelona).
What do you see in Poble Espanyol?
As mentioned above, in Poble Espanyol are presented all of the architectural styles that exist in Spain. You can visit a nice Romanesque cloister from Catalonia, namely, Monasterio de Sant Miquel with many wonderful frescos and with a beautiful chapel. The steps of the building can be considered to be the reproduction of those situated in Santiago de Compostela, which is the most famous site for pilgrimage in Spain. But if you look at the bell tower you can observe the Islamic influence.
Furthermore, you can also admire the town hall with its rounded arches which is a Renaissance masterpiece from Aragon. Valderrobres Town Hall is the model of a palace in Valencia. Plaza Mayor is another attraction in the village, it is a typical Spanish main square. There is also an Andalusian area where you can take a pleasant walk on narrow streets and admire the buildings with white walls that protect you from the hot summer sun.
Besides these architectural attractions, you can participate in fantastic workshops, which are dedicated mainly for families (for additional information – Kids and Families in Poble Espanyol and Kids and Families in Montjuic), or take a tour in the museum about Picasso’s ceramics. Another option is to visit the Sculpture garden and enjoy the spectacular view of Barcelona. In order to maximize your experience, you can use an audio guide (for additional information – Attractions and Tours near Poble Espanyol and Attractions and Tours near Montjuic).
Moreover, the place is full of shops, restaurants and cafes and in the evening there are amusing Flamenco shows and concerts (for additional information – Shopping in Barcelona, Restaurants in Poble Espanyol, Bars and Restaurants in Barcelona, Visit Poble Espanyol at night and Flamenco Shows in Poble Espanyol).