Palau de la Musica Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona, Spain to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a beautiful room with amazing, detailed architecture. Tickets range from €20 each.
We went on Thursday 7th of March at 12PM. We bought the cheapest one, the 'self-tour' for €20. When we arrived, we asked where to go and they did not read our tickets properly. They told us to wait with the big group so we ended up doing the guided tour anyways lol! Here is a picture of the lobby.
Why do tourists visit this concert hall when they come to Barcelona, you ask? Because of this beautifully designed glass ceiling:
The tour itself provided a brief history on the music and architecture of the concert hall. The tour group was approximately 50 people. It took 20 minutes of slow progression before we reached the 2nd floor where we could enter the hall. There was a performance on, dedicated to encourage younger students to learn classical music. We were allowed to sit and enjoy for 10 minutes.
(I've uploaded two files of the show, each clip is 15 secs long).
Afterwards, as the students cleared the hall, we were given 15 minutes to wander the second floor and take pictures as we pleased. Michael and I waited until everyone was ready to leave before we started snapping our photos, hence why there was no one in the background. (If you saw our instagram, you would know the next picture is heavily edited LOL).
The tour continued to the first floor where we were given a different vantage point of the hall. The details of the ceiling was impressive from any angle.
The tour ended back on the ground floor. It took approx. 45 mins.
Would we do this again? Nope. I'll admit I wanted to see this concert hall because of the recent Instagram lure. As interesting as it was to learn the musical history of Barcelona, my main goal was to get that photo.
My recommendation for your future travels is if you need something to pass the time between meals, Palau de la Musica Catalana fills the void well with a short, simple tour of the culture of Spain. If you're there for *that* photo, you're spending 1 hour and €20 for it. It's up to you how you want to spend your vacation.