A journey through Spain in a single day
Poble Espanyol, located on Montjuïc Mountain, is an open-air architectural museum that is home to replicas of more than a hundred buildings that are characteristic of various regions of Spain. There are also works of contemporary art on display and you can enjoy Spain’s craftwork and gastronomy.
Why visit Poble Espanyol?
Located on Montjuïc Mountain, it was built for the 1929 Universal Exposition. Even though Josep Puig i Cadafalch was behind the initial idea, the project was undertaken by the architects Francesc Folguera and Ramon Reventós, and the artists Xavier Nogués and Miquel Utrillo. This foursome made numerous trips throughout Spain and took photographs, made notes and drew sketches to gather all the information necessary to undertake the project upon their return. The idea was to demolish the enclosure at the end of the Universal Exposition, but it proved so popular that it was maintained.
To get the best out of your visit to Poble Espanyol we recommend you use the audio guides available at the entrance. Visitors can see a typical Andalusian district, part of the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) and examples of Romanesque architecture, among other features. Together they make up a town with streets, houses, squares, theatres, restaurants and craft workshops.
In fact, the replicas of the buildings are so true to life that Poble Espanyol has been used as a movie set. The last scene of the film Perfume: "The Story of a Murderer", directed by Tom Tykwer, based on Patrick Süskind’s novel, was shot at Poble Espanyol, which doubled as the main square of the town of Grasse.
At Poble Espanyol you can also visit Fundació Fran Daurel, which has a private collection of contemporary art that includes works by Miró, Dalí and Picasso.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? Poble Espanyol covers a surface area of 49,000 m² and contains 117 full-size buildings.
- Local’s tip: It also has nightclubs, a theatre and "tablaos" (flamenco venues).
- A must: To see emblematic buildings not located in Barcelona.