Spain is known worldwide for its festivals. No other country has so many that are so diverse and so famous. They truly reflect a way of understanding life - they are inherent to its culture and people. In some, fire acts as the main protagonist, while in others spirituality, colour, courage or joy are the main focus, but they all share a common element: they are experienced with the utmost of emotion.
Welcome to the festival of all festivals!
Feeling Spain, open in April 2017, is a new concept of space: five immersive audiovisual capsules distributed throughout the precinct, created so that you can feel the diversity and wealth of Spain and discover them with your five senses.
Discover the spanish culture
Do you want to learn about Spanish culture in a fun and original way? Then don't miss out on visiting Poble Espanyol! The centre was designed in 1929 to reflect the essence of life in Spanish towns, and 117 buildings were chosen for it that represent a sample of the country's popular architecture. Many of them are linked to legends and stories that are part of their populations’ DNA, and these can only be found in Poble Espanyol.
Poble remains true to its roots today. However, it has been updated. Visits to the site are organised in 4 large areas corresponding not to political divisions, but rather to cultural territories. These territories are defined by the character of the people and customs, popular festivals, gastronomy, landscapes and even religious roots. It can be said that there are "different faces of Spain" which, together, give rise to what is known as Spanish culture: Southern Spain (Andalusia) Northern Spain (Aragon, the Basque Country, Cantabria and Galicia), Central Spain (Extremadura, Madrid, Castilla-León and Castilla-La Mancha, inevitably linked with Don Quixote and Cervantes) and the Mediterranean (Catalonia, the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands and the easternmost part of Andalusia).
Not only can you discover buildings from each of these areas, but you can also let yourself be carried away by the immersive sensory experience of Feeling Spain! Poble Espanyol has created five immersive audio-visual spaces, distributed throughout the geographical areas in which the centre is organised, to bring history directly to the visitors. Feeling Spain! will show you the passion of the flamenco in Southern Spain, the charm of the turquoise water beaches and fine sand of the Mediterranean and the spirituality of the pilgrimage that is the Camino de Santiago, a world-famous route which is a strong part of Spanish culture and has a dedicated Feeling Spain space! The 1929 origins of Poble Espanyol are maintained to this day, through these audio-visual installations with which you will "travel" throughout Spain, in a simple, yet innovative way. A great experience for children and adults alike. Are you up for it?
The harsh, windswept Cantabrian coast; the intense green of its deep valleys, with mountains that served as a refuge for prehistoric rock artists in Altamira or for the beginning of the Reconquista in Asturias. The ancestral character of Celtic folklore, linking Spanish culture with that of other Atlantic civilisations, of which the bagpipe is the most emblematic instrument. The Basque traditions that are deep-rooted in gastronomy, architecture and language, among many other aspects of the culture. For all these reasons and more, Northern Spain is special and ensnares all visitors who learn the tales it has to tell. Don't miss this express trip to the Cantabrian Sea with the audio-visual experience located on Príncipe de Viana street in Poble Espanyol.
The ‘Camino de Santiago'
The Galician location of its finish line means that the Camino de Santiago could well be included in the area of the centre in Northern Spain. The main route of the trail, the Camino Francés, means that it could just as well be included in the downtown area, or many others, as the route of this pilgrimage now extends throughout the country, creating a dense network of thousands of kilometres, punctuated by the shells and pilgrim lodgings. However, the enormous significance of the Camino means that it deserves its own space in Feeling Spain! In this space, you will be able to feel the symbolism and the mysticism of the route travelled by more than 200,000 people each year, where spirituality mixes with a desire for personal improvement. The space dedicated to the Camino de Santiago is located in the Gradas de Santiago, between Plaza Aragonesa and Plaza Mayor.
Spanish culture is, above all, a Mediterranean culture, and this is reflected in its gastronomy, its customs, its climate, the character of its people and its traditions. And where better to experience this than at the coast, an area where you can immerse yourself in the audio-visual space located in the Plaça de la Font. The Mediterranean coast runs along the Costa Brava and reaches Cabo de Gata, passing through the idyllic Balearic Islands along the way. This area houses some of the best-known landmarks of the country: fine sand and turquoise water, paella, the Verbena de San Juan, the Fallas festival, the modernist architecture of Gaudi in Barcelona, or the charming stone paths between vineyards and pine forests.
For many travellers, Spanish culture is synonymous with flamenco, Iberian ham, refreshing gazpacho, beautiful flowery courtyards, white walled buildings and the magical and historical mix of Muslim and Christian traditions. If you think this is a true face of Spain, you would be right. Much of the best known Spanish culture is associated with many of the treasures that come from Andalusia, the region that extends through Southern Spain. Come and discover it in the area located at Calle Bulas, in the Andalusian neighbourhood of Poble Espanyol, a space that will transport you to the Alhambra Palace and the Mezquita de Cordoba, the Giralda of Seville or the Silver City of Cádiz.
Central Spain - ‘Cervantes Country'
The arid plains and mountains, with the infamous, rigorous 'nine months of winter and three of hell’. The imposing silhouette of its castles, which have given name to Castile and have housed the most mythical battles of medieval knights. The never-ending fields of wheat, ground in the famous windmills of La Mancha. The humble flavours deep-rooted in the land, such as ratatouille, beans and stew. Only in a land like this would two key characters in Spanish culture, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, be able to roam, thanks to their courage, loyalty, madness and innocence. You will feel all of this - through the very same pages of Don Quixote - in the Feeling Spain! space located in the Bajada de Cervantes, a name which pays tribute to one of the great masters of literature, not just in Spain, but throughout the world.