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This faux Spanish village was designed in 1929 by Josep Puig i Cadalfach for the International Exposition. Each plaza or street in the village simulates the architecture of some corner of Spain from Galicia to Valencia. Buildings are full-scale, and after more than 8 decades of patina, some portions are authentic enough to make you do a double-take. The main plaza is ringed with restaurants and cafes, and there are many shops selling provincial crafts and souvenirs. To make the site less hokey, management has invited real contemporary craft artists to use the workshops, so you might see someone like jewelry designer and leather worker Diana Cristo at work. Other artists might be printing fabric or blowing glass. Two new multimedia installations enable visitors to learn about Spain in an immersive, audiovisual space. The village also houses the Fundació Fran Daurel contemporary Spanish art collection, a small museum that shows about 200 works that range from prints by Eduardo Chillida to ceramics by Pablo Picasso. Note that if you decide to buy tickets for the Tablao de Carmen flamenco show you get free admission to Poble Espanyol any time after 4pm, giving you plenty of time to look around and have dinner before the show.