The Palau de la Música Catalana (in English, Palace of Catalan Music) is a concert hall and one of Barcelona’s major examples of Catalan modernism. A work of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, in spite of being right in the heart of the city centre the Palau is hidden amongst a row of buildings, which means that it can often be passed almost un-noticed if you don’t know exactly where it is.
Highlights about the Palau de la Música Catalana
It was built at the beginning of the 20th century, and thanks to the new techniques and resources that were available at the time, it only took 3 years to be completed. Just as when it was initially built, the Palau de la Música Catalana continues to be an auditorium in which all sorts of music takes place, from classical to the most modern, taking into account all styles and eras in between.
There are few things more special than attending a concert of one of your favourite groups or artists in the Palau de la Música, because it will take place in a venue that can’t be compared to any other. The only ‘disadvantage’ might be that during the concert you’re so drawn to the architectural and sculptural details of the impressive building, that you are distracted away from the concert itself.
Guided visit in English to the Palace of Catalan Music
As well as being able to attend concerts, tours of the Palau de la Música Catalana are also organised in several languages. Without a doubt, this is the best way to enjoy the beauty of this unique Modernist building, one of the most symbolic buildings in the city of Barcelona, as well as discovering a little more about the details of how it was built and its history.
The tours, which last around an hour and can accommodate a maximum of 55 people, are offered in five different languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish and Catalan. Although guided visits are every half an hour, the languages are alternated. The opening hours change according to the time of year and day of the week and according to the number of visits that are scheduled it is different for each language. During the guided visit you can access the Modernist Concert Hall and depending on availability the Lluís Millet Hall and the Chamber Music Hall (Sala de la Música de Cambra).
€ Precio: 18,00€
Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, French and Italian.
Everyday: de 9:00h a 15:30h.
Easter and July: from 10am to 6pm.
August: from 9am to 6pm.
Length of the visit: 55 minuts.
For music lovers there is nothing better than going to a concert of one of your favourite groups or artists at the Palau de la Música Catalana, as an experience you will surely never forget. The only “inconvenience” may be that, during the concert, you may be distracted by the architectural and sculptural details of the Palau, even on the stage itself, rather than watching the concert itself.
If you arrive at the start of your visit to the Palau de la Música Catalana or if when you finish the visit you are not in any hurry, we recommend you to take a drink or walk around the Foyer Cafeteria (coffee bar), located on the bottom floor of the Palau which is decorated to the finest detail. It is also a good option for those unsure if it is worth visiting inside the Palau or not. After taking a look at the cafeteria we are positive that any doubt you did have will soon disappear.
The ticket offices can be found on one of the corners of the Palau de la Música, but tickets can also be bought online, which will enable you to better plan your visit, as well as saving quite a lot of time, as there are often queues outside.
C/ (street) del Palau de la Música 4, Barcelona.
Monday to Sunday: from 10:00 to 15:00 (with guided tours taking place every half an hour, and the language varies according to the time).
In August the opening hours are extended: every day, from 09:00 to 20:00.
Students, retired people and the unemployed: €11.
Residents in Catalonia: €10€.
Children under the age of 10: free of charge.
How to get there
Metro: Urquinaona (lines 1 and 4).
Buses: lines 19, 39, 40, 42, 45, 55, V15, V17, H16 and tourist bus.
FGC and RENFE: Catalunya.
By foot: located in the centre of Barcelona you can get there on foot if you are close to Plaça (square) Catalunya or the area of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera-Born.