Written by Ash

Palau de la Música Catalana: Barcelona’s Music Palace


If nature is the heart of modernism, then the Palau de la Música Catalana has flowers pumping through its veins.

Just try and pass it without stopping to admire the precision of the ornaments, the depth of the mosaics in its columns, and its sensational stained glass dome ceiling.

Going in for a concert or a guided tour in English is the real magic, though – let’s see how we can do it.

Palau de la Música Catalana

The Palace of Catalan Music is the result of three converging dreams:

  • The need for the up-and-coming choir Orfero Catala to find a permanent home.
  • Barcelona’s desire to put another jewel in the crown of Catalan Modernisme.
  • Catalan architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner’s motivation to challenge conventional theatre building.

The result is the most sought-after modern auditorium in the world, with an incredible 4.5-star rating from over 11,000 Tripadvisor reviews. You’ll even find the word ‘breathtaking’ in hundreds of English reviews; it’s that good!

Palau de la Música Facts

  • Seats 2200+ spectators.
  • Among the finest examples of art nouveau Barcelona architecture.
  • Provides an explosion of colourful and carefully placed mosaics.
  • The only auditorium in Europe that’s completely illuminated by natural light.
  • Offers golden-age type acoustics to drive music lovers wild.
  • Proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
  • Hosts over 600 shows a year (from opera to flamenco to symphony orchestra and more).
  • Has an annual concert attendance of over 500,000 people.

Why Take a Palau de la Musica Catalana Tour?

Nearly 300,000 people a year visit the Palau de la Música, and the number is only increasing. The reasons to see the palace via a guided tour are long, but I recommend embarking on a tour for the following reasons:

You’ll see more, with access to restricted areas not open to the general public during concerts.

⚠️  Warning ⚠️: Barcelona’s top two attractions must now be booked in advance.

You can book fast track tickets to both individually or get them as part of a discount pass:

You will not be able to book these tickets on site – lock in your tickets ASAP or you could miss out.

You’ll have better lighting, as guided tours during the day make way better use of the defining natural light that dazzles everyone who sets foot in this incredible attraction.

You’ll learn a ton of interesting information from the entertaining and informative English-speaking guides.

And finally, you save money since it’s about 50% cheaper than seeing most concerts.

The stage of Palau de la Musica

Palau de la Música Catalana Guided Tour

A highlight of the Palau de la Música tour is the massive 3000 pipe organ looming high above you – don’t despair; they’ll be sure to do a little performance to show you how good the acoustics are.

Even better is the stained glass sun dome (shown above) that takes a majestic three-dimensional plunge into the concert space and looks like a teardrop or a portal to another dimension.

There’s not a camera in the world to do this light show justice.

The initial video presentation about the history of the palace gives you all the info you need before the guide even opens their mouth.

When they do, virtually every sculpture on the wall and ceiling is highlighted and explained.

The English-guided tour of the Palau de la Musica runs daily every hour from 9:00-13:00, with an additional tour at 14:00.

Each tour lasts 50 minutes.

Palau de la Música Catalana Tickets

Basic entrance to the Palau de la Musica (aka the ‘self-guided ticket’) costs €16.00.

Palau de la Musica General

English tours of the Catalan Music Palace are available for the discounted online price of €19.00. Additionally, child visitors under 9 get tickets for free.

Buying in advance online is strongly advised to avoid long lines and ensure you get your desired time. There are limited spots per hour, and groups are kept small.

You can grab tickets and support my blog at no extra cost to you by using my link from Tiqets below:

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Once you’ve got them, print out the tickets you receive via email and show up to skip the lines.

Note: those using the 2, 3, 4, or 5-day Barcelona Card for discounted transport get 25% off Palace of Catalan Music tickets as well as many more can’t-miss Barcelona attractions.

The rose window of Palau de la musica

Palau de la Música Catalana Opening Hours

The Palau de la Musica box office is open daily from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

In 2023, you can expect to find special extended hours for Easter and the months of July and August that are still TBA.

You will select the time of your tour upon ticket purchase.

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Buy your tickets in advance from home or risk long lines + bigger prices.

Palau de la Música Catalana Events

To attend concerts at the Catalan Music Palace, there are typically two daily performances. A cross-section of a typical monthly concert schedule finds:

  • Orchestra + ballet.
  • Jazz.
  • Opera.
  • Mozart.
  • Puppet shows for children.
  • Bagpipes.
  • Flamenco guitar.
  • Star Wars soundtrack symphony.

Single tickets for all concerts can be bought in advance online at the Palau de la Música website. You can also get them at the ticket box office, but you run the risk of shows being sold out.

Wondering about the dress code? Ditch the Barcelona beach wear and dress smart casual.

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How to Get to the Palau de la Música

The Palau de la Música is found in Barcelona’s trendy Born District at Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6. To get there, take the yellow or red metro lines and get off at Urquinaona. You can also get there from Jaume I (yellow line).

The closest stop on the Barcelona hop on hop off bus is Barri Gotic (red line).

There is also a bus stop for buses V15, V17, and 45.

The music palace is within walking distance from:

🚌 Heading to Palau de la Música? Make sure you know how to get around Barcelona on public transport first.

Palace of Catalan Music Hacks

  • Buy your Palau de la Música Catalana tickets online in advance to save money, avoid lining up, and get desired time.
  • Combine your entrance with the Barcelona Card for a 25% discount.
  • Book for sunny days – mornings and sunsets are especially good.
  • Walk all around the building – the backside is spectacular 😉
  • Buy gift shop souvenirs after the tour – guides usually give 10% discount coupons.
  • Take the flash off your camera unless you want an angry guide!
  • One of Barcelona’s best bars is nearby at El Bar de l’Antic Teatre.
  • Explore Barcelona’s Born district while you’re there.

Palau de la Música Catalana History

This garden of light and colour, the brainchild of genius Catalan architect Lluis Domenech y Montaner, was built between 1905 and 1908 during the same period Antoni Gaudi was hard at work on his masterpiece Casa Batllo.

By 1909 the building had already been awarded art nouveau masterpiece status by the city of Barcelona and, in 1971, was declared a national monument.

Over the years, some major improvements and changes have been made – the most important being between 1982 and 1989 and those at the beginning of the 2000s, giving the building a library, some offices, a tiny square, and even a bar.

🧑‍🎨 Want more of Gaudi? Unlock his masterpieces with the best Gaudi tours in Barcelona.

Palau de la Musica FAQs

  • What is Barcelona’s Palau de la Musica Catalana?

    The Palau de la Musica is a beautiful concert hall located in the heart of Barcelona. It’s known for its stunning architecture and world-class acoustics, and it’s one of the most popular cultural attractions in the city.

  • How do I get to the Palau de la Musica?

    The Palau de la Musica is located in the Born District of Barcelona at Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6. It’s easily accessible by public transportation. You can take the metro’s yellow or red line to the Urquinaona or Jaume I stops respectively.

    Or you can opt to take the bus, with the V15, V17, and 45 to the Via Laietana stop. Alternatively, Barcelona’s popular Bus Turistic tourist bus also makes a stop outside the Palau de la Musica.

  • Is it possible to take a Palau de la Musica tour?

    Yes, guided tours are offered on a daily basis between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. You have the option of a self-guided tour, or for just 3 euros more, a guided tour in english. Tickets for the 50 minute tours can be purchased at the box office, or inline in advance via our partners at Tiqets.

  • How much does it cost to take a Palau de la Musica Catalana tour?

    Tickets for the Palau de la Musica’s self-guided tour currently start at €16.00. However, for €19.00 you can opt for a fully guided tour of this magnificent attraction to learn about the theatre’s history, admire its incredible architecture, and even hear a musical selection played by the grand concert hall’s organ.

  • What kind of events take place at the Palau de la Musica?

    The Palau de la Musica hosts a wide range of events, including classical music concerts, jazz performances, and flamenco shows. There are also guided tours of the building available for those who are interested in learning more about its history and architecture.

Ready to Visit the Palau de la Musica Catalana?

How was your Palace of Catalan music tour? Let me know how it went, but more importantly, make sure to get at me in the comments below for any questions, be they regarding the Palau de la Música Catalana or anything else on your Barcelona holiday.

Que te diviertas🎶

  • March 18, 2022 at 11:28 pm
    Spending a few days in Barcelona after a cruise and I want to see a Flamenco show. The Palau de la Musica has seats available for the July 31, 2022 show. I am wondering if the box seats are the best to get and if you know anything about this "Palau Experience" that you must get for some of the better seats?
    • March 19, 2022 at 6:39 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Julie, Thanks for writing :) Honestly, I haven't tried the Palau Experience. It's quite new and I think they're trying to fill a vacuum as some of the flamenco/tapas shows unfortunately went out of business due to COVID. I can wager a guess though based on my experience. First is that the audio guide visit (I have done this) really does add an extra dimension to any show you'll see there and is always recommended. The second is that they've always had a sneaky good tapas restaurant at the Palau, so I imagine that whatever menu items they churn out should live up to their 'exquisite' billing. As for the box seats, I don't find them to have terribly different sight lines from the same priced tickets in the middle of the auditorium. I'd recommend them if you prefer the smaller crowds and the feeling of a wall at your back, and not a hundred other guests haha. Hope this helps,
  • June 20, 2021 at 10:44 am
    hi ash, currently there is only the self-gilded tour available? does this one allows to skip the line as well? and visit the restricted areas you mentioned? cheers
    • June 20, 2021 at 11:51 am
      Team Member
      Hi Daphna, Apologies for this... the COVID situation really killed us so we've had to take on other jobs and so a lot of the content has been neglected :( In this case the guided tours have been suspended temporarily while the tourist situation resolves itself. The only tickets available are through their website and it's the self-guided tour you mentioned. I will update the info in the article accordingly! Cheers,
  • February 1, 2019 at 1:30 am
    Vanessa Archangelo
    ¡Hola! My family and I are planning on purchasing the Barcelona Card, that comes with a 20% discount. Is there a way to book our tickets online, but also use the discount card? And if we cannot, which offer is better, online or in-person with the Barcelona Card? Thanks!!
    • February 1, 2019 at 11:05 am
      Team Member
      Hi Vanessa, Are you referring to the Barcelona City Pass? This is the only card that carries a 20% discount on attractions... the beautiful part about this pass is that it is redeemable online and you can book everything in advance. With the Barcelona Card (more of a transport pass that has no 20% discount card) you have to line up at ticket windows... this wouldn't be preferable in high season... but again, they're totally different cards and Barcelona Card is primarily for transportation. For a comparison of the cards I suggest you check out this link. I would go with the City Pass. Ash
  • December 10, 2018 at 6:34 am
    Hi. I love your site. Lots of great info for planning our trip. So, we have tickets to a concert at noon at Palau de la Musica on 12/29. Is it also worth taking the guided tour, maybe before the concert?
    • December 10, 2018 at 11:58 am
      Team Member
      Hi Elsie, Thanks for the kind words :) Honestly if you're big music fans and are interested in Catalan modernisme the tour is totally worth it... though if you're just casual fans maybe the money would be best spent upgrading a basic ticket at Sagrada to the guided tour or something similar. My two cents! Ash
      • December 10, 2018 at 11:49 pm
        Thanks, Ash. We did get the City Pass, so we have the guided tour to Sagrada booked already. Thinking of spending the day in the El Born, after the concert. It looks as though there's much to see and experience there. Maybe PARC DE LA CIUTADELLA or the Picasso Museum? What's your favorite lunch and dinner spot in El Born?
        • December 11, 2018 at 11:36 pm
          Team Member
          Hi Elsie, That's good to hear that you booked in advance! Even now in low season it's still probably the best plan of attack. If it's a sunny day I'm partial to Parc de la Ciutadella but if not I would hit up the Picasso Museum because it's a fascinating look into the man and his time in Barcelona, his early works. For eats in El Born I would go with either El Xampanyet or Nou Celler. The dark horse if you're just looking for a little junk food would be Bacoa Burger because they've got some really tasty offerings... you can even put manchego cheese on one of them and pretend you're eating full Spanish ;) Ash
  • September 25, 2018 at 5:14 am
    Heading there last minute- next week. Need to purchase a few “basics” for my travel wardrobe. Help! Also, we are a “hang w the locals” couple, hippies with some 5 star nights in is as well. Would love one or two outdoor active adventures, bargain shopping, authentic small restaurants and one night is high end, hotel bar and a show. 3 days- help?
    • September 25, 2018 at 8:18 am
      Team Member
      Hi Lee, For the outdoor adventures I would recommend checking out either the Bunkers of Carmel or Montserrat depending on how much time you want to dedicate. The Bunkers are much closer and more accessible. The cheapest shopping is on a street in the Gothic Quarter called Portal del Angel - virtually everything you can imagine is there! For small authentic restaurants I would check out Tasca el Corral, Arume, or Bodega Joan. My favourite hotel bar is Banker's Bar at the Mandarin Oriental but you also can't go wrong with the roof terrace at Hotel Pulitzer or Hotel Grand Central. Take your pick :) As for the show I always recommend checking out flamenco because it's a Spanish institution, even if Catalans may not particularly agree that this is part of their culture ;) Also for 3 days you really can't go wrong following my 3 day itinerary because I couldn't have worded it any better there! Ash
  • December 12, 2016 at 10:19 pm
    Hi! If I buy the Barcelona Card for 3 days, how do I get the 20% discount buying Catalan Music Palace tickets online?
    • December 13, 2016 at 1:29 am
      Team Member
      Hi Vera, Unfortunately buying the Barcelona Card doesn't give you the opportunity to redeem the discount online. You'll have to do so at ticket windows. You may consider getting a 3 day Hola Bcn card (cheaper at 18.48 per ticket) and buying tickets for the Palau de la Musica individually online. Depending on the attractions you're looking to see it might even end up saving you some money. Do some calculations and let me know what you find out. If you have any more questions fire away ;) Ashley
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