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1929. Barcelona International Exhibition. In this context, it was decided to build Poble Espanyol on the mountain of Montjuïc, as a synthesis of Spanish architecture, handicrafts and cultural wealth during the Exhibition. Almost a century later, Poble Espanyol is a living reflection of the soul of a country and a traffic-free, open-air precinct ideal for enjoying with family, partner or friends.

History
1923 – 1928 The origins

In 1927, the builders of the precinct – the architects Ramon Reventós and Francesc Folguera and the artists Xavier Nogués and Miquel Utrillo – took a long and exciting trip in a brand-new Hispano-Suiza. They visited no less and no more than 1,600 towns and villages taking hundreds of photographs and making notes and drawings in order to plan an authentic town with its streets, squares, church and other sites, and with a harmonious combination of typical buildings of the various regions of Spain.

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1929 – 1930 The International Exhibition

During the International Exhibition, between May 1929 and January 1930, Poble Espanyol hosted a long list of cultural and recreational events: parties with dancing, competitions, bullfights, dance from different regions of Spain, etc. The precinct, part of the group of pavilions dedicated to art, was so successful that when the Exhibition closed its doors, the City Council decided not to demolish it, as had been planned initially.

 

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1936 – 1950 The War in Poble Espanyol

But with the Civil War (1936-1939), the location’s festive, innocent and cheerful nature disappeared completely and it ended up being converted – and this is probably its least-known facet – into an internment camp for prisoners. After the War, Poble Espanyol was under the threat of ruin while Franco supporters used the site to disseminate violent anti-Catalan messages.

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1955 – 1970 Failed attempt at refurbishment

From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, Barcelona City Council wanted to revitalise Poble Espanyol and, in general, the whole mountain of Montjuïc. A series of refurbishment works were undertaken at Poble Espanyol and some events and festivals were organised, but this was not enough and the precinct still did not function, dragging with it the image of decay it had begun to build up years previously.

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1986 – 1995 The beginning of the change

It was not until 1986 that the direction of Barcelona’s Poble Espanyol began to experience an important change: on the request of the City Council, a new Poble Espanyol project was launched to recover the architecture of the original buildings and create an area of leisure, one of gastronomy and one of services, as well as an outstanding range of night-time entertainment. The ultimate aim of all these changes was to serve the great tourist demand of the time.

And the changes very quickly translated into numbers: in 1987, 600,000 people visited Poble Espanyol and just two years later, that figure had risen to almost a million. But despite the good short-term results, Poble Espanyol was still running up great losses…

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1996 – Actualitat Poble Espanyol’s rebirth

Poble Espanyol had gone into a spiral of financial crisis difficult to resolve and the City Council knew that the situation could not be withstood for much longer. But in 1996 a group of entrepreneurs were able to appreciate the precinct’s potential and decided to take on its management. Thanks to this, Poble Espanyol began to rise again.

During this new stage, architecture, handicrafts and contemporary art were given added value as basic mainstays of Poble Espanyol (in 2001 the Fran Daurel Museum, an important private collection that brings together works of universal artists, was installed).

Today, tourists are still interested in Poble Espanyol, but the compound is now also a great focus of leisure, with stable scheduling that continues throughout the year and integrated with a wide range of cultural activities aimed at both the Barcelona and tourist audiences.

In addition, from 2016 on the location will adapt even more to the demands of the visitor and of the moment and it is committed to new venues provided with the latest technologies that will enable the visitor to get a deeper insight, with all the feelings of the soul of an entire region.

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Discover Poble Espanyol with our Montjuic Segway Tour
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  • 5 star ratingIncroyable et magnifique expérience!!!! Quelle magnifique cadeau pour mes 30 ans qu'une balade en Segway dans Barcelone!!!!

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    26/04/2018
  • 5 star ratingFantastic !!!! Staff are great and very available and nice !

    Thank you for this experience, if will return to Barcelona , we’ll be up there to’ see you

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    28/06/2018
  • 5 star ratingA really fun way to see bits of the city we probably wouldn't have got to on foot We took the two hour tour which started with some coaching from our guide Karine and the chance to practice for a few minutes. Then we followed her like a family of ducklings along pavements and cycle paths, across roads and through pedestrians, with everyone...

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    05/04/2018
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    20/03/2018
  • 5 star ratingGreat and fun way to tour the city! This was our first Segway experience. We booked onto a public tour but it became a private tour as we were the only two on it. Roman was our guide - very friendly, and he made us feel at ease after finding out it was our first time on a Segway.

    After a brief training session (it's very easy to get the hang of it) we were off. Barcelona is... » Read More

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    17/05/2018
  • 5 star ratingExcellent way to do a quick look to all the places you can go in Barcelona If you are yet to decide where to spend your time in Barcelona take one of these tours on your first day, in 2 hours you’ll have a good picture of the city and good information to decide what to do in te following days, also the staff is spectacular and the segway ride is really easy and fun

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  • 5 star ratingMontjuic Fun Ride We were lucky to be the only 2 people on our Montjuic Segway tour. For 3 hours Roman took us around the waterfront and up the hill, stopping along the way to explain the sites we were seeing and to take photos. As we had done several segway tours before and because we were the only two on the trip, we were able to make the most of the segways... » Read More

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    01/07/2018
  • 5 star ratingGreat way to see Barcelona!! We would definitely recommend Sun & Segway. The classic two hour tour was perfect, our guide was excellent, she spoke English very well, and made the whole experience top notch. Make this a stop!

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    13/07/2018
  • 5 star ratingRally nice thing to do in barcelone i will suggest to take one and half hour tour 1 hour is less 2 is alot Rally nice thing to do in barcelone i will suggest to take one and half hour tour 1 hour is less 2 is alot

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    01/04/2018
  • 5 star ratingCarine, nous a fait découvrir une partie de la ville que nous n’avions pas encore exploré. Elle est très professionnelle, souriante et sympathique. Nous avons passé un moment exceptionnel.

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