Barcelona entertainment

Top Choice Cinema in El Raval

Filmoteca de Catalunya

The Filmoteca de Catalunya – Catalonia's national cinema – sits in a modern 6000-sq-metre building in the midst of the most louche part of El Raval. The films shown are a superior mix of classics and more recent rel…
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…
Football in Camp Nou, Pedralbes & La Zona Alta

Camp Nou

The massive stadium of Camp Nou ('New Field' in Catalan) is home to the legendary Futbol Club Barcelona. Attending a game amid the roar of the crowds is an unforgettable experience; the season runs from August to Ma…
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…
Classical Music in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic


This historic private library and cultural centre (dating back more than 150 years) hosts a range of high-brow fare, from classical recitals to film screenings and literary readings.
Live Music in Barceloneta, the Waterfront & El Poblenou


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…
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. ‘Nasty Mondays’ are aimed at a diehard, never-stop-dancing crowd. Club entry includes a drink. Ear…
Live Music in La Rambla & Barri Gòtic


For over half a century, Jamboree has been bringing joy to the jivers of Barcelona, with high-calibre acts featuring jazz trios, blues, Afrobeats, Latin and big-band sounds. Two concerts are held most nights (at 8pm…
Theatre in Gràcia & Park Güell


This lively theatre experiments with all sorts of material, from monologues to social comedy, and also screens films. Aside from the main theatre, two cafe-style spaces serve as more intimate stage settings for smal…