Poble Espanyol

Poble Espanyol (90)

The “Poble Espanyol,” or Spanish village, was created in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition. The idea was to create a fictitious village, in which buildings, squares and streets characteristic of the different peoples and cultures of Spain would be reproduced. The project had an expiry date of exactly 6 months, as long as the Exhibition lasted. But when this date was reached, it was decided not to demolish the village, so great had its success and impact been.

Before starting construction, two architects and two artists on several journeys through Spain visited over 1,600 villages to collect visual material, photographs, drawings and notes. Then, in just 13 months, they raised an ensemble of buildings that were representative of Spanish popular architecture. Catalonia, Aragon, Andalusia, Galicia, Castile, the Balearic Islands, Navarre, Extremadura... every province is represented. 

A unique and different space, which lets you walk through the whole of Spain in its 5-acre site. You will find over 45 artisan workshops and traditional crafts, which is why it is also known as the City of Artisans. One of the most remarkable of these is the “Goesbo” workshop in the Plaza de la Hermandad. Here glass-blowing, one of the most difficult ways of working glass, is still practised.

Restaurants, shops, schools and even discos. Discover this highly picturesque village, with its alleys, houses and squares. It is like an open-air museum. And the youngest and the oldest enjoy it equally. In addition, there are always cultural activities, exhibitions, concerts...

The entrance to the Poble Espanyol, the San Vicente Gate, consists of two large towers, part of the walls of Ávila. Entering them, you find yourself in the Main Square, as in many Spanish cities, which is where concerts are held. From here the routes are as diverse and varied as Spain itself is. Cobbled streets, little squares, arches and even a well when you can toss a coin and make a wish. Here you can find how artisans work, discover the trades of former times, eat some typical ‘tapas’ and even see a Flamenco dancing show.

Every corner of the Poble Espanyol has a special charm. Discover them!

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