If you like museums, and you have 2 kids as we do, then El Poble Espanyol is for you. A perfect place to discover Spanish architecture, culture, art, traditional craft and gastronomy in one single place. El Poble Espanyol or translated as Spanish village is an unique open air museum built in 1929 for Barcelona International Exhibition. Which purpose was to reproduce real buildings of the country.
How to get. El Poble Espanyol is located just a short distance away from the Montjuïc Fountains. We went there by car, as if you get up early in the morning, there is no problem to find a parking place nearby. If you choose public transport there are various options to get there. Bus using the lines 13, 23 and 150, the final stop will be Poble Espanyol. Metro (L1 and L3), stop Espanya.
What to do with kids. We went to El Poble Espanyol with both our kids on a very sunny day. Once we entered, we felt like having left the city and transported into a pleasant Spanish village. We began our visit in Plaza Mayor, and we were very surprised about the variety of activities that were organized for kids on Sunday. All the activities were included in the price of the entrance ticket. These were: painting workshops, playground with Montessori toys for the little ones, painting the faces by professionals, being a Djs right in the Plaza Mayor. Kids enjoyed this part of our stay the most. El Poble Espanyol, also organize paid activities for kids, more about, you can find on theirs web.
Discover. As mentioned previously El Poble Espanyol is the perfect place to discover the art and architecture of all Spain in one single place. Strolling around we discovered the architecture of Castilla, Galicia, Asturias, Aragón, Andalucía. We enjoyed the museums that gather works of: Picasso, Miró, Dalí. We have seen genious craftsmen and women, who work more than decades in Poble Espanyol in their shops. Offering theirs best hand-made embroideries, paintings, ceramics, jewels, leather to the customers. Professionals who offer visitors unique and exclusive pieces.
Food. Plaza Mayor owns a lot of small restaurants which offer traditional dishes to all the visitors. There are some hidden restaurants while walking through the village as well. Just find your perfect place to eat and enjoy the finest weather of Barcelona. Apart of gourmet restaurants, the area is rich in traditional cuisine products: cheese, olive oil, honey, Iberian cold meats, chocolate, bread, wine, and other regional Spanish specialties. Ideal for those who like to buy unusual souvenir gifts.
Overall. A quiet and peaceful place to go with kids and enjoy a day in a weekend. Perfect place to get out of the city routine and get closer to your family. El Poble Espanyol, helped us to relax and spent worthy the time with our kids.
Opening hours El Poble Espanyol. The village is open 365 days a year. Mondays – 9am to 8pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – 9am to 12midnight; Fridays – 9am to 3am; Saturdays – 9am to 4am.