Palau de la música
For anyone who appreciates music, history, or beautiful surroundings, the Palau de la Música Catalana is a must-see in Barcelona. It often gets overlooked in tourists’ jam-packed sight-seeing schedules, and I’ll admit I first visited the Palau only recently. And now I can’t believe all that I was missing!
Located just off Via Laietana on the little side street Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, it’s easy to be walking five minutes away from the Palau and not even realise it’s there. Once you turn onto its quaint street, though, you will not be disappointed. The courtyard that greets you has been turned into outdoor seating for an adorable little café with snacks and sandwiches to munch on while taking in the atmosphere.
The guided tours are essential to the experience, as you learn little secrets of the Palau as well as knowledge about famous performers, history and everything in between. The breathtaking architecture full of colour and natural light combined with the stories our tour guide had for us made for a perfect day. I walked away with a deeper love for Catalunya and its appreciation of all that is beautiful and artistic. Try to book your tour at least a day in advance by stopping by the ticket office or doing it online. Tours are offered in English on the hour. The Palau also has frequent concerts, with everything from classical orchestras to choirs to jazz and techno.
- One-of-a-kind architecture
- Highly knowledgable and friendly tour guides
- A deeper appreciation for music and performance
- Lobby has a posh café to relax and have a coffee or a meal
- Tickets for the guided tour are €16 but I think it is well worth the money
- No photos allowed
Metro: Urquinaona (L1 and L4)