Built in 1929 for the International Exposition held that year in Barcelona. The Poble Espanyol is a recreation of a typical Spanish town with cultural features, gastronomy and architecture from all regions of Spain such as Madrid, Basque Country, Balearic or Andalusia.
It is a complex of more than 100 buildings with streets and squares and recreated as they occupy a total area of about 42,000 square meters. The idea was conceived by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, author of other modernist works like the famous Casa de les Punxes or Ametller House however, the Poble Espanyol was brought to reality by architects Francesc Folguera and Ramon Reventós.
The complex was built under the context of the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera and thought to involve Catalonia in Spain's history, a way to get in Spain to Catalonia. During the Civil War, the Poble Espanyol left his festive nature to give way to its darkest era and it became an internment prisoners camp. Given the controversial of the Poble Espanyol, many people predicted a future not very optimistic, even spoke of overthrowing the resort a year after its inauguration, however recently completed its 75th anniversary and today has become another tourist attraction Barcelona.
The Poble Espanyol is truly a unique architectural museum, reflecting the peculiarities of each region of Spain, an example is the main entrance to the enclosure, replica of the wall of Avila. It is also a cultural space dedicated to crafts, and many artists and craftsmen from Barcelona have a workshop on the same streets of the town, which is known as the City of Craftsmen.
The place is managed by a private company, which has managed to convert the space over the years and efficiently exploit its enormous potential, so much so that apart from the many restaurants and artisan workshops, you can also organize private events such as weddings or baptisms and activities for children.