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 Montserrat

Escolanía 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…