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Palau de la Musica Catalana – Tour, Tickets, Visit Tips

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If nature is the heart of modernism then the Palau de la Musica 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.

Fantastic on the outside? Sure.

But going in for a concert or a guided tour in English is the real magic – here’s how.

Palau de la Musica Catalana Info

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

  • Up and coming choir Orfero Catala needing to find a permanent home.
  • Barcelona wanting to put another jewel in the crown of Catalan Modernisme.
  • Catalan architect Lluis Domenech i Montaner challenging conventional theater building.

The result is the most sought after modern auditorium in the world with an incredible 4.5 star rating over 11,000 Tripadvisor reviews – with the word breathtaking in 165 of its English reviews.

Essential Facts

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

Palace of Catalan Music Tour Info

Nearly 300,000 people a year visit the Palau de la Musica and the number is only increasing – the reasons to see the palace via a guided tour are long but on holiday in Barcelona you’ll do it because:

You see more.

With access to restricted areas not open to the general public during concerts.

You see better.

Guided tours during the day also make way better use of the defining natural light that dazzles everyone who sets foot in the place.

You learn.

A ton of interesting information by the entertaining and informative English-speaking guides.

You save money.

It’s more than 50% cheaper than seeing most concerts.

It’s the only way!

Yes, it’s impossible to do a self-guided tour so if you want in, this is your way.

What You’ll See on the Guided Tour

A highlight of the Palau de la Musica tour has to be the massive 3000 pipe organ looming high above you – don’t despair, they’ll be sure to do a little performance just 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 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 guided tour lasts 55 minutes.

Palau de la Musica Tour Tickets

English tours of the Catalan Music Palace are available for the discounted online price of €20.00. 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. I’ve heard of up to three hour lines in summer.

It’s better to grab tickets using my link from Ticketbar below:

PALAU DE LA MUSICA TOUR
Book my tickets now!

Once you’ve got them just 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 gets 20% off Palace of Catalan Music tickets as well as many more can’t-miss attractions.

Palace of Catalan Music Tour Opening Hours

The Palau de la Musica is open for tours daily from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

There are special opening hours on Easter and the month of July from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. There are also extended hours in August from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Hours are selected at the time of purchase.

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Skip lines and save money buying tickets online!

Palace of Catalan Music Concerts

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 Musica website. You can also get them at the ticket box office but you run the risk of shows being sold out.

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

How to Get to the Palau de la Musica

The Palau de la Musica is found in the Born District at Carrer Palau de la Música 4-6. To get there simply 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 hop on hop of bus the Bus Turistic is Barri Gotic (red line).

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

The music palace is walking distance from:

Palace of Catalan Music Hacks

  • Buy tickets online to save money, avoid lining up, and get desired time.
  • Combine your entrance with the Barcelona Card for a 20% discount.
  • Book for sunny days – mornings and sunset 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 the bustling Born district while you’re there.

Palau de la Musica Catalana History

This garden of light and colour, 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 2000’s giving the building a library, some offices, a tiny square, and even a bar.

Your Comments Are Music to My Ears

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 question regarding your Barcelona holiday.

10 comments
  • 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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Elsie
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
        Elsie
        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
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          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
    Lee
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Vera
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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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