Have you ever watched artisans in glass, leather, ceramics or jewellery working live? More than 20 artisans ply their trade every day in the Poble Espanyol workshops making unique pieces with their hands. That’s why Poble Espanyol is a shopping venue incomparable in Barcelona and it’s open 365 days a year.
In a space dedicated to architecture, culture and Spanish traditions, you surely can’t miss a good craft exhibition. You can visit about twenty handicrafts in Barcelona workshops at the Poble Espanyol. It actually is the best and biggest craft exhibition of Barcelona and Catalonia, and it includes professionals of different generations who work everyday with their hands.
These artists give life to the Poble Espanyol Barcelona and they make it a place for exchange and encounters, where visitors can discover and buy the most original creations, including custom-made pieces. Just like in village squares, main streets or in the corners of fortified villages. In other words, just like in many of the places recreated in our precinct.
It is because of the unique nature and quality of the works produced that the Autonomous Government of Catalonia declared the Poble Espanyol Barcelona an Area of Craft Interest. It is, without a doubt, one of the best concentration of artisans of Barcelona and of the country, and you can enjoy it while strolling through quiet surroundings with no cars.
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A therapeutic crafts workshop devoted to integrating people with mental disability.
(+34) 934 240 842
All kinds of materials are worked from their primary state to produce characters and objects from an imaginary world. Made to order and personalized pieces are produced.
(+34) 637 438 082
A workshop devoted to textile handicrafts and original accessories.
(+34) 933 250 950
A workshop that produces and sells handmade embroidery.
(+34) 934 248 904
She produces jewellery in gold, copper, bronze, leather, steel, pearls and other materials, combining the traditional with modern touches.
(+34) 667 048 419
A decorative and everyday-use glass workshop where glass plays subtly with light and colour. The results are modernist aesthetic and contemporary pieces.
Shawls, scarves, handbags and other accessories made from linen, silk, cotton, wool and mohair, among other materials. At the Flor Kanela workshop you can watch artisan Montserrat Casas working with her loom.
(+34) 934 238 349
Jewellery articles inspired by Joan Miró. This workshop offers jewellery with contemporary elements worked using a wide variety of techniques, without losing their traditional nature.
(+34) 933 255 462
What you will find in this unique space of Barcelona arts and crafts
The best thing about shopping in the Poble Espanyol Barcelona artisan workshops is that you can order quality personalized articles that are also exclusive… and unique! What you will buy here won’t have a copy. It is part of the charm of the ancestral activity of craftsmanship, which is in contrast with mass products.
Our artisans use many different techniques and materials. One of the most common in these workshops is textile. The Poble Espanyol Barcelona textile artists work with linen, silk, cotton, angora and many more fabrics to weave blouses, shirts, trousers and accessories such as shawls, scarves or hats embroidered with the most fascinating and inspiring colours. And with the greatest care in every stitch.
It is the same with other everyday traditional products such as leather or wicker. With these, some of our artisans make belts, shoes, bags, baskets and many other objects, just like it’s been done for generations in many regions of Spain.
Amongst the master handicrafts of Barcelona who work at the Poble Espanyol Barcelona, there are also those who create more refined objects. Glass, for example, which our artists handle with careful dedication, wether it is a classical or a modern piece, as it is only natural in our city. They are mainly decorative objects including glasswork of different colors such as the ones that fill the Gothic cathedrals of the Iberian Peninsula with light.
Other examples are jewellery and costume jewellery, wich are perfect for an unforgettable gift: rings, pendants, brooches and a plethora of ítems made of gold, silver, pearls or enamel. Some of these pieces are made in an antique style – just like in the old traditions –, but others have a contemporary design, inspired by great artists of our times such as Joan Miró.
And this is only a brief overview of what to expect in this handicraft paradise in Barcelona. But the list is too long, since you’ll also find guitars, handmade soaps made with natural ingredients and with detailed patterns, sculptures made with metal...
When and where to enjoy handicraft of Barcelona
The artisan workshops of the Poble Espanyol Barcelona are located inside some of the buildings of the precinct, and are scattered in different zones: Mediterranean, South, Centre, North and Camino de Santiago. And just like other shops or bars, they have opening hours:
Winter: from 10am to 6pm
Summer: from 10am to 8pm
Autumn and Spring: from 10am to 7pm
During these hours, you’ll be able to visit the artists located in the Poble Espanyol Barcelona, watch them work live, discover their creations first hand, buy the ones you like most and even order personalized articles.
To find out more about them, we have created a directory containing the names of all the artisans who currently work in our precinct. In each tab, you will find the name of their workshop, a brief description of their work and their contact information in order to get to know them more or to make an appointment for the day of your visit at Poble Espanyol Barcelona.
Enjoy the best handicraft of Barcelona and Spain in a unique and lively environment, which looks back on the traditions of the past to modernize them and to adapt them to the present and the future. So, are you ready to discover this handicraft work first hand?
Poble Espanyol is the ideal place in Barcelona for making really special, top-quality purchases. Here you can find a large quantity and wide variety of hand-crafted pieces made by over 20 artisans who work regularly within the precinct. These professionals offer visitors unique and exclusive pieces. In fact, at most of the workshops you can order personalised articles with the option of sending them to other countries.
In addition to the artisans, the area has establishments specialising in gourmet cuisine products of various types: chesses, honey, Iberian cold meats, specialities from different regions of Spain, chocolate, bread, wine, oil, etc. Ideal for sampling or as souvenir gifts.
Poble Espanyol in Barcelona, declared an Area of Craft Interest by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, has a wealth of products hand-made by highly qualified professionals, but it is also a pleasant shopping experience as you stroll through quiet surroundings with no cars and with the businesses very close to one another.