In the village itself, you can see 117 buildings, streets and life-size squares designed in a Spanish style. The aim was to accurately imitate the buildings built in different regions of Spain, each area, the building materials and its characteristic styles. It is a sample of diverse Spanish architecture, in its various regions.
In the village you will also see shops and cafes, restaurants and souvenir stalls. In the evening, pubs and clubs open where you can grab a cold beer, or just listen to an orchestra that plays for travelers.
In the workshops scattered in the village, you can sometimes see the craftsmen working in carving, interlacing, carpentry and more. In their artists' workshops and studios, you will see impressive handicrafts and works of art. One of the most impressive buildings in the village, worth seeing, is Utebo from the Saragossa area, but equally interesting are buildings from areas such as Segovia, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona and more.
For those interested in learning Spanish folk art, it is worth visiting the Museo de Artes Populares, which overlooks the Plaza Mayor.
Architecture lovers will enjoy exploring the various Spanish areas with interesting architectural features. Are you on a family trip? - If you purchase a secret guide to the village, you will be able to spend a very enjoyable day in the village, where you can discover interesting places in the village and experience lots of fun activities.
The village is also known for its many artists who display their handicrafts. You can go in and watch them while working in their workshops. In the shops you will find quite a few pieces of art that you can purchase, as well as walk around the restaurants and cafes and taste the unique delicacies and desserts sold there. The whole family will enjoy here and the village is definitely worth a visit!
The imaginary village was originally built for the 1929 World Exposition, with the idea behind the initiative being to give visitors a simple, experiential and unique overview of the diverse ways of life in the various regions of Spain.
The village was planned by two well-known Spanish architects, two artists. In order to achieve the overall view of the village, the architects traveled all over the country, from the Andalusia region in the south to Asturias in the north, in order to collect the materials they needed. Altogether, the two passed through more than 1,600 cities and villages to collect hundreds of photographs, notes and drawings that helped them choose the most suitable elements for planning and creating the virtual village. The village has over 100 traditional Spanish buildings.
The original plan was to build the village as a temporary installation and destroy it at the end of the exhibition. But the village had become such a thrilling success among the tourists that the authorities decided to leave it.
During the Civil War of Spain, in 1930, the village ceased to receive visitors due to the harsh reality experienced by the inhabitants of Spain. At the same time, the village served as the burial center of the area. After the war, the village was renovated and reopened to the public. In 1988, during the preparations for the 1992 Olympics, the village also placed an emphasis on art and culture, which brought it to what it looks like today.