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Want to spend a while looking at examples of Spanish architecture, see some art, watch artisans at their trades, and finish off with a nice traditional meal?
Come to Poble Espanyol in Barcelona.
Originally established in 1929 for the International Exhibition, Poble Espanyol was a result of the designers’ visits to over 1,600 towns and villages around Spain, taking hundreds of photographs and making notes and drawings in order to plan and build an authentic experience for visitors to the International Exhibition.
Intended originally as a temporary exhibition (much like the Eiffel Tower in Paris), Poble Espanyol has been preserved and enhanced to provide a unique look at a Spanish town with its streets, squares, church, buildings and other sites, drawn from the various regions of Spain.
There are art galleries and the workshops of specialist glass blowers, leather workers and jewellry makers for you to see. At times the area will also host events. When we visited, the town square was playing host to a beer festival, with some German drinking music thrown in.
There are also some picturesque restaurants serving traditional Spanish food. Just the spot to enjoy a great paella and a glass of the local red.