2nd September 2011
The Poble Espanyol, or Spanish Village, is an open-air museum comprising full-scale replicas of 117 buildings from different parts of Spain. It was built on Montjuïc Mountain for the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona and the diversity of its squares, streets and houses give it the feel of a real village.
Since it was conceived in 1929, El Poble Espanyol has been considered as a different, unique space in the city. Its urban layout – a real village with streets and squares, without wheeled traffic and in the natural surroundings of the hill at Montjuïc – has helped to create a special microcosm, offering an invitation to escape the city’s daily routine.
The open-air museum is a really special place. One could say that the “poble” lives. It has 117 buildings which are represented by 40 craft workshops, 22 shops, 12 restaurants, and 1 Flamenco show. Also, there are more than 300 works of contemporary art in a permanent collection. Furthermore, there is another museum in the open-air museum which shows modern works of different artists.
Besides the daily business, El Poble Espanyol has much more to offer. During the night the village turns into a place to go for party people and people who want to have a nice dinner or a drink. The best thing to find out where to go and what to do, is to check the official website. Under the categeroy “One Village, So Many Villages” they list every single bar, shop, restaurant and the two clubs. This is the link to El Poble Espanyol’s website.
Be Hostels strongly recommends you to visit this place during your stay in Barcelona at any time of the year!
Bus 13, 50 and 61. | Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Poble Espanyol.