After taking in the sights in the Barrio Gotico and Raval, the Barcelona Experience route takes you up through Poble Sec and onto Montjuic. Here nestled into the hillside you will find the fascinating Poble Espanyol.
Originally constructed to showcase the Spanish nation at the 1929 Expo, it survived the planned post-show demolition because it was so popular! Inside the walls there are 117 full-size repoductions of actual buildings you can find across Spain. From Andalusia to the Pais Vasco. Interstingly two current regions are not represented. The now famous La Rioja and the Canary Isalnds. The former because in 1929 it was not an autonomous region and the latter because it cost too much for the designers to visit!
Now the buildings of Poble Espanyol are home to artisans, craftsmen, botiques and restaurants. So you can stroll, shop and eat to your hearts content. One of its 'secrets' is the totally wonderful Fran Daurel Museum, which houses a private contemporary art collection. You want to see a Dali, a Miro, a Picasso, they are all there!
So if you want to escape the hussle and bustle of the city centre, Poble Espanyol is an excellent option for spending a few cultural hours in magnificant surroundings.