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Barcelona: Palau de la Música Self-Guided Tour

1. 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.

Palau de la Música Guided Tour

2. 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 symbolize 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.

Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

3. Intimate Barcelona eBike Tour with Gourmet Tapas & Wine

Explore Barcelona on guided e-bike tour and see more in less time with the help of a bike propelled by electric motor. Glide from some of the most popular attractions in the city to hidden treasures, including secret bars and cafés. Take a break with the included wine and tapas. Starting by the Gothic Cathedral, your guide will give you a short briefing about the bikes and Spanish cycling rules, before leading you to the El Born neighborhood. Pass by sites like Palau de la Música, El Fossar de les Moreres, and the seafaring church of St. Maria del Mar. Discover the former fishing village of Barceloneta, now one of the city’s most atmospheric neighborhoods. Soak up 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. Head to the eatery Els Quatre Gats which was frequented by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Savor tapas and wine while appreciating this venue that is overflowing with history and the echoes of the geniuses who drank and dined here in ages past, from Pablo Picasso to Salvador Dalí. Open your senses to the rich Spanish flavors 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

4. 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, 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. Start your tour from Placa de Catalunya, the center of Barcelona. Visit the exquisite acoustic Palau de la Música Catalana, and explore the uniquely architectural Barcelona Cathedral. Photograph the Gran Teatre del Liceu and marvel at the Güell Palace by architect Antoni Gaudí. Then, see the iconic Mirador de Colom dedicated to Christopher Columbus and the famous bridge at Rambla del Mar. Admire the El Cap de Barcelona statue that was created for the Olympic Games. Be enchanted by the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, before experiencing the icing on the cake of this unique tour — the Piccaso Musueum.

Barcelona: Art Nouveau & Gaudí Tour

5. 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: 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: Architectural Wonders Self-Guided Audio Tour

7. Barcelona: Architectural Wonders Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover at your own pace the architectural wonders of Barcelona, built at the time of the illustrious Gaudi at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. A festival of shapes and colors awaits you! The only thing you need to explore for 1h30? Your smartphone! The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be triggered automatically as you go along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends, far from tourist groups... Go to the heart of Barcelona's historic center for this 1.5 hours audio-guided walking tour, just a stone's throw from the Roman walls that are still clearly visible, and straddling two medieval neighborhoods. Learn about the history of Catalan modernism, driven by the city's new middle class, freshly enriched by the industrial revolution and eager for culture and art! Then go in front of a monument of Catalan modernism, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Palau de la Música Catalana. Admire the craftsmanship of this building and take the opportunity to meet Sant Jordi, the patron saint of Catalonia! Continue your journey to Plaça de Catalunya, the border between the old and the modern city of Barcelona. From here, the city is transformed: the streets become very wide and airy, and intersect at right angles. You will discover splendid buildings, ordered by this new bourgeoisie of the 19th century. A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the tour whenever you want, right where you paused it. It's impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions, and a map indicates the directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated in-house location feature will get you back on track in no time! Customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of the Castle district, at your own pace. Admire an impressive variety of architectural styles. There is something for everyone! Discover the Manzana de la Discrodia (apple of discord), this island of 3 buildings made by the greatest architects of the moment: Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the author of the Catalan Music Palace, Josep Puig i Cadafalch and the famous Gaudi, the architect of the Sagrada Familia! These sumptuous buildings will allow you to apprehend the wealth accumulated by this emerging bourgeoisie of the time. The Casa Batllo, signed Antoni Gaudi, will make you dive into a fascinating aquatic world where fish, scales, bronchia are an integral part of the decor. After discovering other architectural marvels, you will finish your visit at the Casa Milà, the last residential building that Gaudí will realize before dedicating himself fully to the Sagrada Familia!

Barcelona: City Introduction Smartphone Guide

8. Barcelona: City Introduction Smartphone Guide

Experience the highlights of Barcelona with the guidance of a resourceful app. Receive specific directions to the most iconic landmarks of the city and acquire new knowledge about each of them. Immerse yourself in the local culture by strolling through the streets at your own pace. After downloading the app, start your guide at Placa de Catalunya, the center of Barcelona. Take in the exquisite acoustics of the Palace of Catalan Music, and admire the outstanding architecture of Barcelona Cathedral. Stop by the Grand Theater of Liceu and marvel at Antoni Gaudi's Güell Palace. Move on to the majestic Columbus Monument and the famous bridge at Rambla del Mar. Head over to the El Cap de Barcelona statue, built for the Olympic Games, then gaze at the St Mary of the Sea Cathedral. Finish your insightful journey at the fascinating Piccaso Museum. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time seeing the sights. You can restart it whenever you're ready. Learn local stories and urban legends associated with the different monuments around the city.

Barcelona: Slow Tour of the Gothic Quarter and Beyond

9. 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

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based on 2,429 reviews

Rory and Agatha were great. We enjoyed our time. Despite the fact the the September 11, Catalan Day Celebration caused a couple detours we had a great time! Thank you!

this tour ist just amazing. Beautiful hall and the guide was perfect, smart, funny and with very good english.

Such a fun and charming way to get to know the areas of Barcelona. Lily made it very easy and interesting!

Rory our guide was fabulous! Very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend this tour

great tour .fabulous place. Recommend seeing a concert here also