At the 1929 International Exhibition, it was decided to build a village in Montjuïc that would become a synthesis of Spanish architecture and a craft showcase for Spain. It was supposed to be demolished at the end of the event, but finally it was preserved after the impact it made and because of the many voices that spoke out against its destruction.
The builders of the site, the architects Ramon Reventós and Francesc Folguera and the artists Xavier Nogués and Miquel Utrillo , tried to make a village where buildings representing the different regions of Spain would be reproduced.
The four professionals made several trips around Spain to collect pictorial material. In total, they visited 1,600 towns and villages. The intention was not to bring together a collection of masterpieces of Spanish architecture in the open-air museum. Instead, it was a matter of building a site that was a synthesis of monumental Spain.
It was a way of having Spain in Catalonia, and this is what El Poble Espanyol reflects today, and is well worth a visit!
Important information :
- Opening hours: Monday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Admissions until 1 hour before closing)
- Children under 3 have free entrance. Child prices apply for children between 4 and 12 years. 13 years and older are adults
Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13
(Map, see under ”directions”)
Monday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(Admissions until 1 hour before closing)
Espanya Station. From here it is a 10 mins walk!