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is there a spot where you can enjoy the wide variety of spanish architecture all in one place? the answer is yes, at the poble espanyol in barcelona. this emblematic village houses 117 buildings reflecting the typical spanish architecture coming from all fifteen autonomous communities in spain. this special town was built in 1929 by the modernist architect puig I cadafalch for that year´s Barcelona international exposition (as was the national palace of montjuïc that was mentioned in one of our earlier posts). the poble is located close to the fontana magica on the montjuïc mountain.

hearing a conversation that goes like ´´pardon me but how do I get to andalucia?´´ and ´´that is easy, you just go to mallorca and that it is the first street on the left!´´ is not unusual when visiting el poble espanyol. entertainment is key in the 5th most popular tourist attraction in barcelona because there is something to do for everybody.

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el poble espanyol from a bird´s-eye view

lovers of modern art & nature can enjoy the fundación fran daurel, which is a permanent collection of over 300 artefacts from spain´s most famous artists among which picasso, dalí, miró and barceló. moreover, visitors can see the famous sculpture Entorn-Contorn from josep guinovart and the beautiful sculptural gardens that offer stunning views over barcelona. this green oasis on the high up the hill is large enough (5000m2) to spend a whole afternoon strolling around and enjoying nature.

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the sculpture gardens on the montjuïc mountain

shopping & craft lovers can enjoy themselves in el poble espanyol as well since there are 22 shops that are open every day, some of them offer workshops while others sell ceramics, paintings or jewellery. other activities include, music instrument building, espadrille making and glass crafts. consequently, you can spend a whole day strolling around the village visiting all the different shops and trying out different typical spanish activities.

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traditional shopping street in el poble

families can spend the day doing a treasure hunt, which is available in english, spanish, french and catalan. this activity is perfect for kids that are between 3 and 12 who are in for a little game. while unveiling the mysteries of el poble espanyol kids can walk around the ´´town´´ and get to know the most significant spanish monuments in one afternoon. additionally, on sunday a special programme for families is offered and even though it is in catelan, the experience is supposed to be nice due to the many visual aspects, including puppets, music and even magic.

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activities for kids at the main square of the village

flamenco lovers can eat their heart out at tablao de carmen which is located in the andaluz area of the village because this type of dancing originally comes from the south of spain, from andalucia. some say that the best flamenco show in town is performed here so that would be another reason to make the trip uphill to enjoy music, dance and spanish songs. shows are performed two times a night, there is one show at 19.30pm and other one at 21.30pm. there is a possibility to enjoy some tapas while watching the show. finally, a ticket for this show includes a short visit to el poble espanyol so visitors can experience both attractions.

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a tablao del carmen show

as stated before there is something for everybody this statement also relates to the many options visitors have to eat out in the ´´village´´ because there are plenty of restaurants and bars.  all restaurants offer a range of regional specialties in a very rustic admosphere. in summer visitors can sit outside on one terraces on plazas while eating a delicious paella accompanied by a glas of nice catalunian wine.

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terrace on one of the plazas in el poble

then, to fully capture the spanish experience, there is a possibility to rent an audio guide, which is available in english, catalan, french, italian and german. walking around with the audio guide will make this visit a very informative one when walking around plaza mayor, the nerve center of poble espanyol, approaching a magical andalusian patio, visiting a typical spanish house, resting up in a “pazo gallego” (galician country house) or when discovering a catalan monastery.

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el poble´s church

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have you ever thought of bringing your laptop or study materials somewhere outside of home and sitting on comfortable sofas with a relaxing atmosphere, drinking a cup of tea or café con leche and working on projects or studying?

i am sure that the answer is…
“yes!…but where?”

let us suggest a few places in madrid which are perfect for working so that you won’t waste your time searching. whether you are coming on a business trip or as a tourist, these places are sure to offer you a relaxing break or even inspiration for work.

 
1.  la bicicleta café

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plaza san ildefonso, 9, 28004 madrid

located in the fashionable, young area of madrid called “malasaña” where you can find a lot of bars and cafes, on the upper side of gran via, the largest street in downtown madrid. whether you are passionate about bicycles or not really a fan, you will enjoy the vintage old school, casual style of this cafe. books, art pieces, bicycles here and there, all make up a warm and cozy environment that makes you feel at home.

a good selection on the menu for snacks, cakes and drinks. also you can get water for free from the jars you will find on the tables! enjoy it while working or come back during one of the special evening events, such as language exchanges, if you wish to improve on your spanish!

location: ★★★★★
atmosphere: ★★★★☆
comfort: ★★★☆☆
menu: ★★★☆☆
quietness: ★★★☆☆
customers: about 20 – 35 years old

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 2. la ciudad invisible

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costanilla de los ángeles, 7, 28013 madrid

a little bit hidden but located in the very centre of madrid, close to opera and santo domingo metro stations. compared to “la bicicleta”, the atmosphere here is more spacious and clean-looking, resembling a mini-library, spread on two floors. there are comfortable sofas where you can unwind and enjoy your working time with a delightful pot of tea.

don’t forget to try the very tasty, homemade cakes here! it would be a good work incentive or a reward for a productive day!

location: ★★★★★
atmosphere: ★★★★☆
comfortable seats: ★★★★☆
menu: ★★★★☆
quietness: ★★★☆☆
clients: about 20 – 50 years old

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la ciudad atmosphere

cake

 

3. la infinito

infinitos mapcalle tres peces, 22, 28012 madrid

situated in the city centre, between the metro stations Lavapies and Anton martin. this area of the city is very cultural (close to the reina sofia museum) and also famous for gourmet experiences. enjoy your working time in a very artistic place surrounded by books, art pieces and cakes. the ambient in the café is a combination of new and old, a source of inspiration and great motivation for work and study.

they are specialized in herb teas, but of course you can find a great cup of coffee or alcohols as well. food for breakfast, lunch, tapas, sweets…you can spend an entire day here without noticing the time!

location: ★★★★☆
atmosphere: ★★★★☆
comfortable seats: ★★★★☆
menu: ★★★★☆
quietness: ★★★★☆
clients: about 20 – 50 years old

la infinito atmosphere

visiting madrid you cannot fail to notice the liveliness of this city, with plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants open till late at night. especially designed for those who like to mix work and pleasure, there are little gems all over the capital, library-cafes like cozy living-rooms where one can relax or work.

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