The Palau de la Musica Catalana, or Palace of Catalan Music, is a concert hall in old Barcelona that was integral to the Catalan Rebirth movement. It was built for the Orfeó Català, a choral society founded by composers Lluís Millet and Amadeu Vives and a leader in the revival of Catalan culture.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site has staged performances like Enric Granados' Dante and Tonadillas en estilo antiguo, Pablo Casal's orchestra, and solos by artists like Alicia de Larrocha. Notably, the venue focuses on promoting local artists, beautifully honoring its history and the movement that spawned it. That said, it has also hosted global artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones. It is currently playing the Gran Gala Flamenco show.

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  • The Palace of Catalan Music houses four halls: the Lluís Millet Hall, the main Concert Hall, the Rehearsal Hall of the Orfeó Català, and the Petit Palau (or "small palace"). The halls range in size and have different purposes, though only two are used as theater venues.
  • The Concert Hall has a capacity of over 2000, while the Small Palace houses just over 500 seats. The former is used for large productions, while the latter houses smaller concerts and conferences.
  • The Concert Hall is split into multiple sections: The Orchestra, which includes a central section of armchairs, rear curved rows, bleacher seats at the back, and boxes along the sides, and First and Second-floor tiered rows and boxes that curve around the Orchestra.
  • The best seats in the house are in the Orchestra section. The Center Boxes also offer good views. Depending on the show, you might find seats in the Center of the balcony levels offer a decent view too.
  • Seats in the boxes might sometimes suffer from restricted sightlines. Patrons are encouraged to book their seats according to the show being staged.

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  • Address: C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Bus: The nearest stop is Via Laietana / Comtal which services lines 45, V15, and V17. A little further is Plaça Urquinaona at which lines 39, 42, 55, and H1 stop. Hop On Hop Off Barcelona tours also stop near this venue, with the nearest stop being at Catedral - Gòtic. The Barcelona bus network is completely wheelchair-accessible.
  • Metro: The nearest station is Urquinaona which services Red Line L1 and Yellow Line L4. The Plaça de Catalunya is a bit further but is the accessible option.
  • Car: This venue is in old Barcelona's Casc Antic which is cramped and often crowded. There is no room to stop or park. Patrons are advised to seek alternate transport to reach the venue.
  • Recommended mode of transport: The subway is the quickest and simplest way to get to the venue, but if you're not up for a short walk, the bus gets you closer.

Frequently asked questions about The Palace of Catalan Music

How old is The Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona?

The venue is 116 years old.

When was The Palace of Catalan Music built?

The venue was commissioned in 1904 and constructed in 1908.

What is The Palace of Catalan Music named after?

The Palau de la Música Catalana was commissioned as part of the Catalan revival movement and named in honor of Catalan music. Due to this, it promotes local talent and stages Catalan productions more often than international ones.

What is the address of The Palace of Catalan Music?

C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

How do I reach The Palace of Catalan Music?

All modes of transport can get you to the area where the venue is located. But you'll still have to walk up the street to reach it on most days, so public transport is a better option.

Who owns The Palace of Catalan Music?

The venue is owned by the Orfeó Català choral group and managed by the Palau de la Música Catalana Consortium.

How many seats are in The Palace of Catalan Music?

The venue has a capacity of about 2,200.

Are children allowed at The Palace of Catalan Music?

Children are welcome at the venue but some productions might charge different rates than others. Additionally, while most productions are suitable for children, some are staged especially for children and families. Patrons are encouraged to check the venue's programming beforehand.

Does The Palace of Catalan Music have an elevator?

The venue has elevators to all floors. All of them are wheelchair-accessible.

What shows have played at The Palace of Catalan Music?

The venue primarily stages musical performances performed by the Orfeó Català. It has also hosted a range of artists, both local and international, including Enrique Granados, Pablo Casals, Alicia de Larrocha, Ella Fitzgerald, Norah Jones, and others. Its current lineup includes the Gran Gala Flamenco Show.

Has the Gran Gala Flamenco Show always played at The Palace of Catalan Music?

The Gran Gala Flamenco Show has staged productions for nearly two decades in Barcelona. It has played across the city's most prominent venues for its entire run.

How long is the Gran Gala Flamenco Show at The Palace of Catalan Music?

The flamenco show at this venue runs for about 1 hour.

What are the best seats in The Palace of Catalan Music?

The seats in the Orchestra and rear Boxes offer the best views of the stage with no sightline restrictions. For larger shows, the Center Balcony rows might offer a better view.

What should I wear to The Palace of Catalan Music?

There is no dress code, but patrons are encouraged to dress in smart casuals.

How much do The Palace of Catalan Music tickets cost?

Prices vary based on shows, dates, seasons, and more. Tickets to the Palau de La Música Catalana Gran Gala Flamenco Show start at €42.

Does The Palace of Catalan Music have food?

The venue offers food, refreshments, and alcoholic beverages at its cafe-restaurant and bar in the foyer. Special pre- and post-show services are provided.

Are there any other dining options available near The Palace of Catalan Music?

The area around this venue is densely packed with restaurants and eateries to suit various palates and budgets. The best options are restaurants serving local cuisine, such as Arcano Restaurant and Fa Patxoca. But there are options like The Steakhouse Grill Restaurant and La Central Burgers for meat-lovers and international cuisine-based eateries like Macchina Pasta Bar.

What are some attractions or things to do near The Palace of Catalan Music?

The venue is located in the heart of a rich cultural heritage. Be sure to visit Palau Dalmases, Arc de Triomf, Plaça de Catalunya, Cathedral of Barcelona, Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Güell Palace, and so many others for a walk through Barcelona's history. There are also unique sights, like Museu de la Xocolata, for those looking to learn something unique.