Saturday, 18 September 2010

Poble Espanyol, Barcelona, Spain

The Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition in order to provide an insight into the wealth and diversity of Spanish cultures. This open air museum features exact replicas of a variety of buildings from different periods of Spain's history. As well, the village has a variety of shops and restaurants.

Poble Espanyol has a small square. You can always find entertainers there, and both times I've been there, preschool children were singing on the steps of a building. They're sweet happy faces as they sang were enjoyable. I also really enjoyed walking through the village, the variety of architectural styles is a smooth transition of interesting buildings. The cobble stoned narrow streets are narrow and curved, giving a sense of old world charm.

There is a small fee to enter the village. From there, you spend only what you want. It is hard to stop from purchasing some souveniers or art work, but not impossible, and there are always some affordable ones.

I guess what I liked the most about this particular tourist attraction, is that it really doesn't seem all that commercial. It retains its grace and charm.

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