Top Choice Cinema in El Raval

Filmoteca de Catalunya

After almost a decade in the planning, the Filmoteca de Catalunya – Catalonia's national cinema – moved into this modern 6000-sq-metre building in 2012. It's a glass, metal and concrete beast that hulks in the midst…
Top Choice Classical Music in La Ribera

Palau de la Música Catalana

A feast for the eyes, this Modernista confection is also the city’s most traditional venue for classical and choral music, although it has a wide-ranging program, including flamenco, pop and – particularly – jazz. J…
Live Music in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

El Paraigua

A tiny chocolate box of dark tinted Modernisme, the ‘Umbrella’ has been serving up drinks since the 1960s. The turn-of-the-20th-century decor was transferred here from a shop knocked down elsewhere in the district a…
Theatre in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic

Gran Teatre del Liceu

Barcelona’s grand old opera house, restored after a fire in 1994, is one of the most technologically advanced theatres in the world. To take a seat in the grand auditorium, returned to all its 19th-century glory but…
Concert Venue in La Sagrada Família & L'Eixample

Club City Hall

The early-evening incarnation of City Hall, this former theatre is the perfect size and shape for live music, holding a crowd of around 500. The acoustics are also great and the layout means everyone gets a good vie…
Classical Music in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic


This historic cultural centre (with roots dating back 150 years) hosts a range of high-brow fare, from classical recitals to film screenings and literary readings.
Football in Camp Nou, Pedralbes & La Zona Alta

Camp Nou

Among Barcelona’s most-visited sites is the massive stadium of Camp Nou (which means New Field in Catalan), home to the legendary Futbol Club Barcelona. Attending a game amid the roar of the crowds is an unforgettab…
Live Music in Barceloneta & the Waterfront


Bands from far and wide occasionally create scenes of near hysteria in this, one of the city’s classic live-music and clubbing venues. Bands can appear throughout the week (check the website), with different start t…
Classical Music in Barcelona

Fundació Mas I Mas

This foundation promotes chamber and classical music, offering concerts in a couple of locations. Classical concerts, usually involving Catalan performers, are held regularly in the Sala Oriol Martorell of l’Auditor…
Live Music in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

Sala Apolo

This is a fine old theatre, where red velvet dominates and you feel as though you’re in a movie-set dancehall scene featuring Eliot Ness. ‘Nasty Mondays’ and ‘Crappy Tuesdays’ are aimed at a diehard, we-never-stop-d…