Palace of Catalan Music
Palace of Catalan Music
4.5
About
The Palau, an icon of modernist architecture in downtown Barcelona The Palau de la Música Catalana is one of the most representative monuments of the city and It is one of the most recommended tourist attractions of Barcelona. Built between 1905 and 1908 by the great architect Lluis Domènech i Montaner, the Palau de la Música Catalana is an architectural jewel of Catalonia and essential part of any visit to the city, as any of the most fascinating Gaudi buildings. This historical building, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, offers an experience so magical that visitors fall in love with it. From the hand of experienced guides, the wonders of this architectural pearl discovered and visitors into a fantasy world full of details and references to the characteristic nature of modernist architecture. An essential visit in the list of top 10 things to see in Barcelona.
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Neighbourhood: El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
How to get there
  • Urquinaona • 3 min walk
  • Catalunya • 6 min walk
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  • MargaretNicole
    San Francisco, California364 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic building and great concerts
    We attended two concerts in this building, and both were world class. This gave us a great chance to see the building and also appreciate the music. The building is very lovely, with every little detail decorated, the back of the stage area, the columns, the light fittings, everything is beautiful and special. I highly recommend it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • crusadercc
    Georgetown, Texas871 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely stunning interior!
    We watched a children's choir concert our first night in Barcelona and were blown away. The building is highly intricate and colorful. If you are in Barcelona for the architecture this needs to be second on your list after Sagrada Familia. And to make it even better the choirs were very talented and fun to watch! Wish we could understand Catalan - ha!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Bovills55
    Rottingdean, United Kingdom327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning venue, worth a visit.
    The most amazing building.. with the most chaotic guide system. The audio guide is from scanning the QR code. However, even with 5G would not work. Then told you had to register for their free wifi. Only to find it still wouldn’t work, back down stairs, only to be told would have to rescan QR code.. and then the wifi was so slow it wouldn’t work anyway. Gave up on audio! We were supremely lucky to be able to sit down and witness the choral work shop.. they were amazing, the conductor extracting exactly the notes needed to allow the music to rise and fill the auditorium. The acoustics are amazing. The stained glass breathtaking. By far my favourite thing in Barcelona! There is a cafe downstairs and small gift shop.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 September 2023
  • d t
    Bend, Oregon98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great concert in spectacular setting
    Wow! We recently attended a fabulous concert (chorale led by conductor Eric Whitacre) in this awesome venue. Acoustics were great, the chorale was made up of some 600 voices from all over the world. The “Palace” is a beautiful, colorful setting to listen and comfortably sit for a 1 1/2 hour performance. I would say, finding a concert to attend, is the best way to experience this beautiful theater.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 September 2023
  • travelmum555
    Haddenham, United Kingdom249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palau de la Musica
    We did the self guided tour. Lovely mosaics and ceilings to see. They also put on concerts there. Lovely cafe with good reasonably priced three course meals. Not as famous as the Gaudi buildings, but worth a visit if you have time for a few extras.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Bob Oare
    Mount Pleasant, South Carolina124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opera in Barcelona
    We attended a performance of the opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet. Although this is a French opera it was a stunning evening of wonderful Spanish artistry. Christina Segua was a sexy temptress as Carmen and Ignacio Guzman was the perfectly naive Don Jose. There was fabulous flamenco and ballet. The Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona is a stunning music venue. Luis Domenech designed this Catalan modernise music hall with beautiful floral accents and graceful curves. It was completed in 1908. Attend a musical performance if possible. This was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Spain. As a bonus we bumped into our Don Jose, Ignacio Guzman and his charming wife after the performance, He truly appreciated the thunderous audience applause & loves performing in Barcelona.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • contemplative writer
    York, Maine53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So beautiful and cheerful
    There are so many things to do in Barcelona that you might forget about the Palace of Catalan Music in the Gothic Quarter not far from the cathedral. But you'd miss out on a unique window into Catalan culture if you did. The auditorium itself is one of the richest and most beautiful in Europe; they say that the acoustics in it are quite special. The colors are fabulous: rich and vibrant. Sit and take it all in! There is also a nice cafe inside the Palace and a small gift shop. For 2 euros more, I recommend the guided tour: you'll get to hear the magnificent organ and you'll get a lot of insight into the architect's vision.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 October 2023
  • RoyaltyC
    Calgary, Canada409 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Building has the shape of a ship from the outside
    I bought a ticket on the spot for 16 euros. There was only a couple in front of me on a Monday morning around 9 am. The palace is magnificent. The roses on the ceiling and everything else in the theatre are very impressive. The building has the shape of a ship from the outside. It must be wonderful to see a show there.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 October 2023
  • It's Mar
    Marbella, Spain32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So so pretty and colorful
    I’m so happy I chose to visit it! 👉🏻 Less crowded than Casa Batllo. 👉🏻 Tiny and beautiful. 👉🏻 Didn’t take hours to explore it. 👉🏻 Took great photos. 👉🏻 Relatively cheaper entrance, than other attractions in Barcelona.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • FiMc1
    West Midlands, United Kingdom97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A stunning venue and great for a concert
    We visited the Palau for a concert so we could see it and experience the music too. It was a candlelit tribute to Queen and it was fantastic. The Palau is stunning - there is so much to look at and take in and the concert was excellent. We really enjoyed our evening
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 November 2023
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Candice T
manila, philippines218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We joined the 2pm guided tour of Palau de Musica. It will start with a short video and then there'll be a tour guide explaining about the different parts of the theater. The building itself was really nice, but I guess coming from Sagrada Familia, I wasn't blown away by it. There were many intricate glass decorations and other things that was beautiful, but for some reason, it fell short of my expectations. Overall, I would still recommend coming to this place, maybe watching a show next time.
Written 8 June 2024
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK2,999 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This music venue is truly stunning and well worth taking time to see. We paid for the 1 hour guided tour (which we did via the website a couple of days before and it was straight forward to do) and I am very glad we did.
You can visit without doing a tour of course but I thought the extra you got for the 20 Euro cost of the tour was well worth it.
You start with a 10-minute presentation in one of the ground floor smaller music rooms which gives you a good background to the building, but probably more interesting insights from the famous musicians that have played here over the years why they like doing so.
Then you get taken around the various floors of the theatre including the second level where the public are not allowed unless on a tour. And then at the top level you have a reserved section for the tours so you can sit away from the general public and have the amazing architecture explained to you.
Written 4 June 2024
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schmutaki
New Jersey3,608 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Another architectural gem in Barcelona. Beautiful inside and out. Highlights are the ceiling and the beautiful columns on the balcony. Must be a great place to see a concert. Don't miss this attraction
Written 2 June 2024
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Kim F
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Palau de Musica is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth a visit. It is a very quick visit though, and not necessary to spend more than about an hour. There was no concert or pianist when I was there and that was due to my scheduling. I would certainly recommend if you have the time you try to catch a recital or a concert.
Written 30 May 2024
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Patricia O
Steilacoom,WA300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was one of our highlights in Barcelona. We had recommendations from others, so we made a special effort to include this in our itinerary, not really knowing much about it. We booked the first English tour of the day. We arrived early, so we were able to walk in and enjoy a coffee in their lovely cafe. The guided tour started promptly, with a short film and introduction from our enthusiastic guide. From there, our small group toured the Modernista building and all its glory. The guide ushered us to the roped-off area at the front of the auditorium where we were able to hear a pre-recorded piece of music. My only regret was not trying to get tickets to a performance.
Written 29 May 2024
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Tori
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The building was classic and pretty but the Enlgish guided tour was something just better than awful. Not because of the accent but due to lack of content.

First, the guide didn't elaborate on the architecture and the Catalan history, while just describing everything insipidly as 'special' and curtly reducing the Catalan history to its symbol of rose.

Second, no much vivid explanation on the musicians and their works either. The guide seemed to assume the visitors to be knowledgeable about the stuff she was talking. Or she was at the other extreme of 'come on no one among you is gonna interested in this so I'll skip this to finish my job quickly'.

In general, the guide was really in a rush while I couldn't understand why she was like that. She couldn't get the visitors immersed in the tour at all. Instead you feel she wasn't very confident in their beautiful building and music and she didn't understand why people were happy to spend their time visiting here. So she was soooo detached - and then how should us visitors be excited?

If you cannot make the guided tour funny, I think at least you should make it informative and educational.

建筑很漂亮但是英语解说的真人导览非常不行,不是因为口音之类的问题,而是因为内容太泛泛而谈。第一是对建筑、历史的介绍太少,形容词不是special就是speacial,对加泰罗尼亚本地历史的介绍除了一个rose就没了;第二是对音乐的介绍预设听众懂得很多的样子;最重要的是导游态度很奇怪,看起来像为了完成任务很赶时间,完全不能调动访客的情绪,让人放松、投入地观赏。我觉得讲解枯燥一点可以理解,但就算不够有趣,枯燥而且重复无味,反复用几个词,还没有足够多的信息,让人听过了跟没听过一样学不到内容,就有点太敷衍了吧。
Written 23 May 2024
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stowtraveller
Stow, MA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
An absolute highlight of our time in Barcelona. Stunningly beautiful venue, and definitely worth taking the guided tour for many details about the history and architecture. This ranks among the top three places we visited here. Only wish we could have experienced a concert here!
Written 19 May 2024
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Littledumpling12
Queensland, Australia85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a beautiful concert hall. It's not too crowded, you can sit down for a while to take it all in. This city is filled with architectural treasures and this is one of them.
Written 16 May 2024
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Morris K
Reykjavik, Iceland17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful venue. We were sad that we were unable to attend a concert—the timing just didn’t work out. We have already decided that when we next visit Barcelona, we’ll be getting tickets for a performance here.
Written 11 May 2024
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travelj60
Denver, NC12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful interior. We purchased tickets for a performance - go early to tour interior. Bar & snacks available inside.
Written 6 May 2024
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