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 September to…
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 150 years) hosts a range of high-brow fare, from classical recitals to film screenings and literary readings.
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…
Live Music in Montserrat

Escolania de Montserrat

The clear voices of one of Europe's oldest boys' choirs have echoed through the basilica since the 14th century. The choir performs briefly on most days (except school holidays), singing Virolai, written by Cataloni…
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’ and ‘Crappy Tuesdays’ are aimed at a diehard, never-stop-dancing crowd. Club entry…
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…