Palace of Catalan Music

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Palau de la Música Guided Tour

1. Palau de la Música Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings on an exclusive 45-minute guided tour of the Modernist Palau de la Música Catalana. Located in the heart of the city, just minutes from Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, the Palau is a temple of decorative refinements. Your tour starts in the Rehearsal Hall of the Orfeó Catala, where the foundation stone was laid in 1905, and where the choir rehearses regularly as it has done for more than 100 years. Continue to the grand staircase to marvel at the ornate flowers and flags that adorn it. Built from a range of materials, including iron and glass, the detail never ceases to amaze. Next, visit the Lluís Millet Hall and glimpse the large balcony with columns that symbolise nature with flowers of every kind. Finally, be dazzled by an explosion of colors, shapes, and light as you enter the Concert Hall. Your guide will take you to the 2nd floor to get close to the great skylight, where you can admire the impressive light source up close. To end, the Palau’s organ will accompany you on a short musical journey.

Barcelona: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour

2. Barcelona: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the Palau de la Música, one of Barcelona’s most emblematic buildings. Follow an informative brochure and venture deep into this jewel of Barcelona Modernism. Located in the heart of the city, just minutes from Las Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya, this concert hall is a temple of decorative refinements. Begin your tour in the foyer and continue to the grand staircase to marvel at the ornate flowers and flags that adorn it; be amazed by its detail, built from a range of materials including iron and glass. Next, visit the Lluís Millet Hall and glimpse the large balcony with columns that symbolise nature with flowers of every kind. Finally, be dazzled by an explosion of colors, shapes, and light as you enter the Concert Hall. From the second floor you will have the chance to admire the impressive light source up close. Enjoy a beautiful live piano or organ recital to round off your visit.

Barcelona: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

3. Barcelona: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

Explore the wonders of the enchanting Barcelona on this customized private rickshaw tour. Visit sites such as the Gaudi, Casa Batllo, and many more; the choice is entirely yours. Learn all about one of the oldest cities in the world from your knowledgeable guide. Start your adventure with a pickup from your accommodation. Meet your guide, and chat about the sites you would like to see during the tour. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as you set off to explore this historical city. Skip the busy bus tour and opt to ride along and see the city at your own pace. Learn all about the culture, history, and life as a local from your guide. Explore hidden alleyways in the Gothic Quarter, see historical and modern architecture, and discover hidden gems in every corner. Make sure you visit sites like the impressive Santa Maria del Mar church and the Born Cultural Center. Enjoy a day out exploring one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world. See and hear another side to Barcelona thanks to your guide, a walking encyclopedia.

Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

4. Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

Make light work of exploring Barcelona, on a 2.5-hour tour by electric bike, and see more than is possible on a walking tour. With the help of a bike propelled by electric motor, glide from some of the most popular attractions to hidden treasures, including secret bars and cafés. Starting by the Gothic Cathedral, your guide will give you a short briefing about the bikes and cycling rules, before leading you to the El Born neighborhood, Palau de la Música, El Fossar de les Moreres, and seafaring church of St. Maria del Mar. Discover the former fishing village of Barceloneta, now one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods, where you can explore the vibrant life of the city’s beaches. Ride past Art Noveau architecture, and shops and bars that date back to the beginning of the century, including Els Quatre Gats, frequented by Pablo Picasso. Finish with tapas and wine at the world famous Els Quatre Gats, overflowing with history and the echoes of the geniuses who drank and dined there in ages past, from Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dalí. Open your senses to the rich Spanish flavours and leave with photos and memories of mystery, romance and adventure on a tour ideal for electric bike first timers and experts alike.

Barcelona Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

5. Barcelona Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

See some of the highlights of Barcelona as you complete challenges on your smartphone with this interactive scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Use your imagination, logic, observation, and team spirit to solve the riddles. To get started, simply download the app and head to the starting point at Placa de Catalunya (download link and login credentials received after booking). Choose to start your game at a time that's convenient to you. As you explore, you'll solve a riddle to move on to the next attraction along the route. Use the map to navigate to each place and feel free to pause the app any time if you'd like to take a break or spend some extra time sightseeing. Starting from Plaça de Catalunya, visit Palau de la Música Catalana, the Cathedral of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter, Gran Teatre del Liceu, La Rambla, Güell Palace, the Columbus Monument, the Rambla De Mar, Barceloneta, Aquarium Barcelona, El Cap de Barcelona, and the Picasso Museum.

Barcelona: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

6. Barcelona: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Barcelona at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Cathedral of Barcelona, Palau Güell, Plaça Reial and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Barcelona: Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour

7. Barcelona: Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour

In English, Eixample means "city expansion." The neighborhood, whose leveled corner façades you've likely strolled past, was established in 1854 when the city walls were torn down and the empty expanse between the overfilled old city and the little town of Gracia could finally be built upon. Eixample proper, today known also as the Golden Square, is the area where the industrialists, aristocrats, and Catalans (the so-called Indianos) who had come into money in South America constructed city palaces with the star architects of their time. And what an opportunity: for 200 years the upper echelons had been cooped up with the poorest classes in the old city. Autonomy and codetermination were refused by the central government in Madrid, and the people suffered under these policies. The local officials could do little, unless they had money in the bank, and they weren't stingy when it came to architecture. They splurged on beautiful buildings and used these to put their wealth on display, employing illustrious architects like Domènech i Montaner, Puig i Cadafalch, and of course Gaudí, to construct these masterpieces. It was a moment of modernism. Like the German Art Nouveau, the Viennese Secession, or the English Modern Style, Catalan Modernism began in 1885 not as a new architectural style but a cultural movement encompassing literature and visual art. For example, the Palau de la Musica conceptualized by Domènech i Montaner paid homage to Catalan folk songs not just in reference to music but by building an allegory out of stone. On this city tour of Barcelona, walk along the street of the Golden Square and discover buildings by the most interesting and important Catalan architects of Modernism. You may never emerge from the wonderment inspired by the incredible decoration in this district. The following highlights await: - 1714 and beyond: the repercussions of the war of secession - The enslaved city - The wall is torn down - To a better future: Ildefons Cerda's utopia of the perfect city or why Eixample will tell another story - Like the phoenix from the ashes: the Catalan Renaissance - Barcelona cleans up: the Barcelona World's Fair - Barons of industry, the bourgeoisie, and festival in Raval - Gaudí's hour - A dragon's den with relics - or Karneval with confetti - Dali and the Chupa-Chups empire - Gaudí and New York - Passeig de Gracia: trencadís or shards bring luck -Three stars at the block of discord - The most famous quarry in the world - So many rooms but no place for the piano - The week of tragedy: Madonna must go - War of stars on the ceiling - Gaudí's trick with string - Sagrada Familia: Gaudí's lost plans And much more.

Barcelona: Slow Tour of the Gothic Quarter and Beyond

8. Barcelona: Slow Tour of the Gothic Quarter and Beyond

Join your guide on this 3.5-hour tour to see some historically significant sites of Barcelona in an authentic manner: see the places frequented by people who live in the neighborhood, unknown to the general public. Barcelona’s narrow and labyrinthine streets make the ideal scenario to enjoy the city center without hurry, reveling in the remains that are preserved from the glorious past of the city. Your route begins at “Carmela”, the sculpture by Jaume Plensa next to the Palau de la Música and runs almost 3 kilometers through Barri de Sant Pere, the Ribera, and the Gothic Quarter. Along the way, you’ll see sites like the Convent de Sant Agusti, Capella d’en Marcus, Santa Maria del Mar, Temple Roma, House of the Ardiaca, and more.   In addition to a pleasant gastronomic surprise during the tour, you’ll also have the opportunity to taste a snack in a very special place, connected with the art, quietness, and charm of Gothic architecture. The tour ends in the most touristic area of the city, where you can visit on your own the more popular monuments of the city.

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What people are saying about Palace of Catalan Music

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,108 reviews

This is a must in Barcelona. Arianna may be the best bike tour guide I have ever had the experience of touring with. Her deep knowledge of Barcelona combined with the enthusiasm and passion for her job made our introduction to this beautiful city a delight! We capped off a mesmerizing pedal bicycle ride with a first class wine tasting event at a local wine shop. The wines and the tapas were amazing as well as the service. I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all again on my next trip to Barcelona.

A completely different way of exploring Barcelona, along paths and streets that can never be reached by bus. The tuk tuk driver responded to individual requests and gave us some tips for restaurants and other sights. Picked up on time at the hotel lobby and dropped off at the Columbus Statue (as requested). Highly Recommended.

Excellent tour! The E-bikes are the way to go! Our guide, Peter, was very knowledgeable and fun! I highly recommend this outfit and this tour.

A gorgeous hidden gem in bustling Barcelona. The guided tour provides details on the amazing social history of this place.

We enjoyed it a lot and we would highly recommend it to everyone!