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Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)
Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)

Palace of Catalan Music (Palau de la Música Catalana)

Carrer de Sant Pere Mes Alt, 6, Barcelona, 08003

The Basics

A striking redbrick façade marks the entrance to the Palace of Catalan Music, which also boasts an ornamental balcony, intricate mosaics, and colorful pillars. The interiors are even more impressive, with a lavishly decorated auditorium centered around an eye-catching stained-glass skylight. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the concert hall features décor by some of Spain’s most prominent Catalan architects.

Although not renowned for its acoustics, the palace provides a suitably glittering backdrop to musical performances, making attending a concert here a rich audio-visual experience. The 2,000-seat auditorium regularly sells out, so book tickets well in advance or opt for a guided tour to fully appreciate the architecture. Tours of the concert hall can be combined with an opera or flamenco performance at the nearby Teatre Paliorama.

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Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
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$20.76 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent tour.
Tour was conducted by a member of the theatre. An initial video about the construction & architects. Then a fully guided tour. Excellent, informative & with a bonus of a rehearsal on stage for the noon performance. A great time was had by all.
Christopher_O, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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Great show.
Pedro_M, Nov 2021
"Gran Gala Flamenco" Performance at PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA
Great show. And the palace of music was a amazing place. The dancers are good performers...I recommend to everyone to watch the show
star-5
Easy peasy
Marie_L, Nov 2021
"Gran Gala Flamenco" Performance at PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA
Great performance. We were in awe of the entire experience! Great show and easy to purchase on Viator!
star-5
Beautiful venue! Amazing history!
Angela_A, Sep 2021
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour
So thrilled to get to see this wonderful space on our last day in Barcelona since it had been closed temporarily for improvements. One of the highlights of our trip!
star-5
Palau de la Musica
dawtanniger, Feb 2020
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Had an excellent time exploring the wonder and extreme beauty of this magical music hall with our very informative guide.. really enjoyed the mini organ concert.. what a treat!
star-5
Wonderful afternoon
helmutpfeiffer48, Jan 2020
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Guide was excellent. Explained clearly nad profoundly. Easy to understans. Time enough Four pictures
star-4
Must see when in Barcelona
Ritu_S, Oct 2021
"Gran Gala Flamenco" Performance at PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA
Fantastic performance by the dancers and musicians. A must see when in Barcelona. The theatre is incredibly beautiful. We bought the VIP tickets and got decent seats. Only one small concern was that the VIP seats weren’t the best in the house …
star-5
Phenomenal - 100% recommended
Lucia_A, Oct 2021
"Gran Gala Flamenco" Performance at PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA
Fantastic! Bravissimo! The performance was top notch. We are on holidays from the UK - we were deeply impressed and immersed in the rhythm and passion of the dancers, musicians and singers. Stunningly beautiful! This event should be advertised all over Barcelona! We loved it so much, we bought the DVD as a memento. Big THANK YOU to the cast and all the team. Mil Gracias a los actores y todo el equipo! Excelente!
star-5
Barcelona in December
Alexie_M, Dec 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
This was a very informative tour. The English speaking guide was easy to understand and answered our questions with authority. The tour was high value for the fee.
star-5
Awesome Show!
Missy_L, Oct 2021
"Gran Gala Flamenco" Performance at PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA
My husband, son and I attended this Flamenco Show at the Palau de la Musica Catalana and it was excellent! Neither of us had ever experienced this before and we were in for a real treat! The four dancers were amazing and were so passionate. The two singers had incredible voices and the musicians were skilled. I felt like there was something for everyone in the performance. And the venue couldn’t be beat. The acoustics are great, the lighting while the performance was taking place really accentuated the beautiful mosaics and sculptures adorning the gorgeous stage, and the dancers even had costume changes. So worth 1 1/2 hours of your time! It’s a memory that we will always have of our trip to Barcelona!
star-5
Fantastic
marina_s, Dec 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
Absolutely gorgeous inside and out!! Must see attraction, don’t miss it! Beautiful mosaic ceiling, which works like a light fixture,great sculptures around the main stage. Nice experience, because you will have an opportunity to see a rehearsal with real musicians and also you will see a movie with opera singers, blues singers, who shared their feelings about this place.
star-5
A must see
Hld-from-the-beach, Dec 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
An amazing facility with breathtaking architecture. I am so glad we saw this facility. We spent a hour on a guided tour (by the facility).
star-5
fantastic tour
joanne_g, Oct 2019
Skip the Line: Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour
loved this we went this my husband and two children ages 21 and 22. we all found it interesting and absolutely beautiful. Our tour guide was informative and funny

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Palace of Catalan Music is a must-see for architecture buffs and music lovers.

  • Choose between a live performance or guided tour of the concert hall; guided tours last about 55 minutes.

  • Be sure to book tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

  • Photography of any kind is prohibited during concerts.

  • The venue is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The music hall is well connected to public transportation. Take the Barcelona Metro to Urquinaona, or take buses V15, V17, or 45 to the venue.

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When to Get There

The palace is open daily throughout the year, with tours every half hour except during scheduled performances. Tours and concerts tend to sell out early, particularly during the summer high season (June to August).

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A Modernist Architecture Tour of Barcelona

The Palace of Catalan Music is one of many modernist monuments in Barcelona—perhaps the most famous not built by Antoni Gaudi. To get a feel for the work of this period, make sure to visit Josep Puig i Cadafalch’s Casa Amatller, as well as Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Batllo, and Casa Mila.

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