Barcelona is widely known to have some of the greatest architecture anywhere in the world. When it comes to architecture in Barcelona Antoni Gaudi is the undisputed king. There is however one building that gives Gaudi a run for his money. That building is the Palau de la Música Catalana which was built by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The Palau de la Música is a fantastic building designed in the Art Nouveau style. It was completed in 1908 and is has been used as a Concert Hall ever since. In 1997 it was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
There are guided tours given daily that last for about an hour. The tour takes you through the Rehearsal Hall, The Lluís Millet Hall and the main Concert Hall.
Since this is a Concert Hall you can also see the building by attending one of the regularly scheduled music performances. There are over 500 performances a year.
The Palau also has two different restaurants. There is a casual cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and is open during performances. There is also a restaurant the serves lunch and dinner.
I missed out on seeing the Palau on my first trip to Barcelona because I thought I could walk up and get on a tour. I found out that the tours were sold out for the next three days. I did not make this mistake on my second trip. You must book your tour in advance online or at the box office. This building is one of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Barcelona. I highly recommend a visit.
- Visit the Palau de la Música Website for more information on tour and concerts.
- Tours are given daily.
- Tour tickets must be purchase ahead of time from the website or at the box office. Do not show up the same day and expect to get on a tour.
Click on the Google Map below to see the location of the Palau de la Música.