Palace of Catalan Music
Palace of Catalan Music
4.5
09:00 - 15:30
Monday
09:00 - 15:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 15:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 15:30
Thursday
09:00 - 15:30
Friday
09:00 - 15:30
Saturday
09:00 - 15:30
Sunday
09:00 - 15:30
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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  • mrbillow
    Ames, Iowa244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to a concert here!
    We got lucky and went to see a concert here performed by a traditional Catalan band. The acoustics were great as was the concert. The building itself, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, is worth seeing too. Building was a short walk from the subway.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 March 2023
  • L.Freaser
    Miami Beach, Florida12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I left fascinated
    An impressive space that Barcelonans in particular and the world in general can enjoy. Beautiful architectural work. Full of details, colors, shapes, textures, simply wonderful. Sensational acoustics. I have gone to see a concert and I left fascinated.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • Barbara B
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Place for Singing!
    The Palace of Catalan Music was designed to provide incredible acoustics for choral performances - with or without music. We listened to the group that was practicing while we were there from every floor and quickly realized there wasn't a bad seat int the house. The architecture was also fabulous.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • lesleyc64
    Little Rock, Arkansas587 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    DO NOT MISS - BEST THING WE DID.
    DO NOT MISS THIS! We went for an audio tour and were so blown away by the beauty and acoustics, we booked 2 tickets for the evening performance of Flamenco and Symphony. It was SPECTACULAR! Music is a universal language so it didn't matter that we couldn't understand what they were saying. Pro Tip: Choose a seat on the orchestra level if you want to be able to see all the action on stage. We were in the mezzanine, slightly to the side, and we couldn't see everything that happened on stage.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 23 March 2023
  • Egmondo
    Scarborough, United Kingdom316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful setting for an enjoyable concert
    We attended a concert here: Mozart’s Requiem and Symphony no.40. The concert itself was excellent, but the setting greatly enhanced the experience! The auditorium is stunning, delightfully decorated with painted plasterwork and the most beautiful stained glass. Unfortunately you don’t get to see some other parts of the theatre when attending a concert, for that you have to book a tour, but it was a unique experience seeing the Orfeo Catala in this glorious UNESCO World Heritage concert hall.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 April 2023
  • CPC1911
    Sydney, Australia522 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous building but try and catch a performance for a full experience
    We went to a performance of Bach’s Mass with a visiting choir. The music was superb but it was made all the better by being in this most gorgeously and outrageously over the top concert hall. I could almost imagine what it might have been like at the height of fashion with everyone dressing formally and being “seen”. Even if you can’t catch a performance, it’s well worth a visit
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • gringottsgoblin
    369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another Art Nouveau Masterpiece
    Yet another amazing building from Lluís Domènech i Montaner the architect of Recinte Modernista de San Pau. An extraordinary interior and exterior and a great theatre and venue in a city with many opera houses and theatres this is a bit different. I will return and ensure I get tickets to a performance in this place and speaking of performance this place is a performance itself. Bonkers crazy wonderful. Go and enjoy it will put a smile on your face and it has a good place to eat in the tasteful modern extension.
    Visited May 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2023
  • pepperpattik
    61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy blunder!
    This happened to be about 500 feet from our hotel and at the advice of a breakfast encounter, we decided to check it out. Happened to be a concert that night and we were able to buy tickets. Ended up being one of the highlights of our trip! If you have a chance to see a concert here - don't miss it. A beautiful venue in the modernista style to rival Gaudi (almost).
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • meinirann
    Carmarthen, United Kingdom3,067 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    I did a guided tour here last month. I’m so glad I booked a guided tour as I recieved a lot of interesting information I would not otherwise have known. Our guide was very good - friendly and knowledgeable. The building is absolutely stunning. I’d read many comments before my visit that it was a beautiful building and is a must see, but I didn’t realise just how beautiful it would be. It really is stunning. It was a very special experience to stand on the stage too. I highly recommend a visit here, and if possible, a guided tour. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to come to a concert here during my visit, but if I’m ever back in Barcelona, it’s something I would very much like to do.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Joe_Cruzer
    Toronto, Canada1,847 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palace of music indeed.
    Nice music palace. We saw candle light concert in this hall during our visit of Barcelona. Small in size but big on the design. The sound was great. A restaurant attached is a nice bonus. Certainly visually striking. The downside is not all of the seats have a good view of the stage. We paid 40euro per seat and both are partial view of stage.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 May 2023
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Boisenb
Boise, ID400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Not on the list of top things to do but definitely worth the time to tour. Easy to find and get tickets. Beautiful stain glass.
Written 28 February 2024
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We decided at the last minute to visit and got lucky by joining the last guided tour of the day.

It started with a movie in the Petit Palau. We then walked into the original building to visit the foyer. However a private event precluded us from entering and fully seeing it.

We climbed the grand staircase and then entered the amazing concert hall. The central skylight up above was truly a sight to see. Even with the storm clouds outside it still let in a lot of light. The decor was modernism that also incorporated musical muses and so glad we could see a lot of it up close. We were also allowed to walk on stage as our guide continued the tour and then setup for a demonstration of the massive organ. The sound was beautiful and hopefully we can come back to enjoy an actual concert.

The Lluis Millet Hall was one floor above the concert hall and contained a special art exhibit. Outside was the balcony where many instagrammable photos were taken with the beautiful mosaic columns.

We finished the tour on the balcony over looking the concert hall which was a great perspective to see its entirety. We did find the seats not very comfortable though!

Outside the fascade of the Palau was also a must see including the statues of many famous composers. It was not as easy to see all the details due to the surrounding buildings and tight street. Our guide used the 2nd floor balcony to point out details in the reflections to the opposite building’s windows.

This should be a must see when in Barcelona. Well worth the time to see this UNESCO designated building.
Written 6 February 2024
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Definitely a must-do in Barcelona! Truly a spectacular interior! I had the Barcelona Card Modernista so just showed up without a reservation and got in the next guided tour (check timings online beforehand for tours in your language).
Written 31 January 2024
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lou09
uk7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Short film about its history. Then lots of talking by guide.
Saw very little of the building.
Disappointing.
Written 23 January 2024
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Jess_the_TravelBug
143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
What a beautiful space. Well worth the visit. Recommend the audio tour to help provide additional info. Wish we could have seen a performance here in addition to checking out the building
Written 22 January 2024
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fillyk
Kendal, UK892 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
What an unexpected joy this place is - another amazing highlight in Barcelona's architectural heritage. I was interested to it by my sister, a keen singer, and I'm so glad we went. Shown round by their guide, who was knowledgeable, interesting and personable, it was a thoroughly enjoyable tour. The decoration - particularly the glass - has to be seen to be believed.
I only wish we'd had time to attend a concert there, but I would definitely organise that if we were revisiting.
Written 12 January 2024
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avipiti
Hod Hasharon, Israel2,901 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The Palau de la Música Catalana is a very beautiful and impressive concert hall. We came to see the New World Symphony concert, and it was really great
Written 7 January 2024
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CourtneyStanz
Belle Mead, NJ94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We visited the Palau Musica on 11/26 for a Flamenco Guitar program, and it was an afternoon that will live in our family's memory forever.
As all of the photos convey, the Palau is breathtakingly beautiful. The Art Nouveau attention to detail is evident in every corner, handle, light switch, and finish. Nothing can prepare you for the grandeur and aesthetic overwhelm. It is heaven for art, architecture, and history lovers.

Beyond the visual stimuli, the acoustics are heavenly and the show was incredible. While our family is American, we were visiting with an expat family member and their Catalan partner - each of us found the afternoon to be delightful in every sense.

Next time, I'd love to take a tour and better understand the history, recurring themes, and construction. But I cannot recommend more highly seeing/hearing a show in the space if your time in Barcelona allows. It will be a treasured memory!
Written 30 December 2023
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smep013
Philadelphia, PA522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely experience. The inside of the building is magnificent and the tour was well worth the time and money. Nice cafeteria and gift shop inside. Would recommend!
Written 29 December 2023
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mariedesjardins
Prince George, Canada6,744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The artistry of Barcelona‘a palatial music hall was very impressive. The floral ceiling design and Pegasus columns accenting the stage was breathtaking. I took the self-guided tour in August 2023. The nearest metro station was being repaired so I had to walk and ask for directions. There was a cafe also onsite. The concert hall provides symphony orchestra and flamenco performances.
Written 23 December 2023
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