Palace of Catalan Music
Palace of Catalan Music
4.5
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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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Neighborhood: 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 neighborhood 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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  • gringottsgoblin
    370 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 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 April 30, 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
    Traveled solo
    Written May 7, 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Patricia B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oh My Goodness. One of the most concert halls in the world.
    I came to Barcelona to see Gaudi’s works of art and discovered Luis Domenech I Montaner. His Palace of Music is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. A guided or audio tour is a great introduction to the Modernista movement in Spain. If you get a chance attend a concert. We attended an incredible flamenco show. We had box seats with fantastic views of the performers. You must reserve entry tickets and concert tickets in advance. We got ours before we left the USA.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 21, 2023
  • MargaretNicole
    San Francisco, California365 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 July 1, 2023
  • crusadercc
    Georgetown, Texas842 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Bovills55
    Rottingdean, United Kingdom295 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
  • d t
    Bend, Oregon104 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 24, 2023
  • travelmum555
    Haddenham, United Kingdom212 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
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Yaroslaw_Kerget
Kyiv, Ukraine1,047 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Amazing building outside and manifique inside.
Come here for Flamenco show and buy a good tickets don’t buy cheap once because you will see nothing with cheap tickets.
Or buy a tour to see how the palace looks inside it’s really beautiful.
Written January 11, 2020
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travelady042
Cleveland, OH141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We bought the standard guided tour in English from the Palau website. Our guide Andres was funny, engaging and open to questions. The tour included a brief organ performance, which was grand and made the auditorium come to life! I inquired about upgrading to add a 20 minute concert, and that is only available in the summer. The building itself is magnificent, unique, and breathtaking. It’s no wonder it is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Written January 6, 2020
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D_W_10017
New York City, NY1,448 contributions
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Jan 2020
We attended the Gran Gala Flamenco performance and the theater was fully booked on the ground and first floors. Finding seats only on the second floor, the view was not optimal, but the performance was magnificent. We would recommend it to almost anyone. The show lasts a little over one hour.
Written January 6, 2020
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Jmarpere
Sitges, Spain286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built in 1905.

I have been to several concerts at this location and the acoustics are phenomenal.
Now we decided to do the guided tour. It is available in several languages and the duration is approximately one hour. Costs 22 Euros per person.
Starts with a short video with he history of the building and then the guide walks you through the different floors and areas of the theater giving detailed explanations.
You have enough time to take pictures. They don't rush you at all so you can really enjoy and "absorb" the beauty of the building.
We enjoyed it very much and, if you have a chance, see a performance too. It's kind of a "must do" thing in Barcelona...
Written February 19, 2020
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Colin H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Amaia, our English speaking tour guide, provided an in-depth history of this fascinating building. She explained the myriad architectural elements and their place in Catalan history. Because of the smaller size of our group, we were able to step out on the balcony and see the beautiful columns. The Palau de la Musica is an iconic example of Catalonia architecture and should not be missed. The professionalism and knowledge shared by Amaia our tour guide made this time well spent in a city with many attractions.
Written January 21, 2020
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Amjschmitz
Chicago, IL174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a guided tour, and our guide was very good. It starts with a very short film then you are led up to the gorgeous balcony (you can see it from the outside-impossible to miss) and finally to the theater. The whole place is beautiful but the last stop is bar far the greatest. The entire theater is a work of art.

Our group was sort of small compared to how many of the theater seats were filled, which was about 1/3. So the duration may change with a larger group to allow people to see everything. Ours lasted an hour or so. Also, getting photos from all the angles you want without people in them might be an issue depending on crowd size, especially on the balcony. The place isn’t very big. But it wasn’t an issue for us and the whole experience was great, especially when the (now automated) organ was played for us in the theater as we sat in the balcony.

The outside is also very cool of course, and worth a couple minutes minimum to just view and appreciate.
Written February 7, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,888 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
After visiting the hospital of Sao Pau, the visit to the Palace of Catalan music was a foregone conclusion. The style of Luis Domenech y Montaner does not leave anyone indifferent. UNESCO in 1997 equated it with Gaudi recognizing these two architectural masterpieces as world heritage. There are two ways to visit the Palace: take a ticket to a concert or go on a guided tour. The former is clearly preferable, because the emotional impact of Domenech-y-Montaner interiors with music will certainly be stronger. However, there were no tickets and I had to limit myself to a tour. 50-minute guided tours take place in groups of up to 50 people every 30 minutes. It costs 18 euros. 3 euros more than the Louvre with its 200 thousand square meters. m. Barcelona is not for poor tourists. Already the lobby with a bar in the middle is amazing. Then you are taken to the small hall for an introductory story about the Palace. Admiration builds up on the stairs. The tour culminates in a concert hall. Everything is impressive here, but especially the giant dome curved inwards, made of colored glass mosaic. The colors of the mosaic are chosen in such a way that the audience has the effect of being in the open air, because this is the only concert hall in Europe with natural light. In the center of the dome, the Golden mosaic represents the Sun, and the blue shades used around it represent the sky. Wide arcades soar above the rows of seats in the upper gallery, and intricate moldings frame the stage, 18 statues symbolizing the Greek muses, and Wagner's Valkyries are located here. The organ pipes on the wall symbolize masculinity. The hall can accommodate 2,200 people, but as I mentioned, it is not easy to get into their number.
Written November 30, 2020
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Shar0nG2014
Saltash, UK107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
The building is stunning inside and out, the only way to visit is with a tour or watch a performance, the tour takes approximately 1 hour and starts with a short video. Towards the end you get to listen the magnificent organ. It was cheaper to pre book your tickets online.
Written January 1, 2020
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Smoltman
Courtenay, Canada9,085 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This concert hall was built over 100 years ago and was well ahead of its time! The use of natural light was awe inspiring. The workmanship was immaculate and the acoustics were fantastic. It is not a large concert hall and thus it is able to highlight all types of music. The 1 hour tour was well worth it and was very informative.
Written January 20, 2020
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PRFluffy
Peacehaven, UK466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We popped in to the Palau de la Musica during a recent visit and were blown away by the whole experience. Make sure you join one of the tours offered in the venue, as it shows you exactly how the building was constructed, as well as giving you an insight into the designs behind this absolutely stunning space. Well worth a visit!
Written January 2, 2020
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