Barcelona is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, and the National Geographic magazine described it as being one of the top ten cities in the world which has to be visited during your lifetime. The city provides a unique experience to the visitor and Barcelona has: a vibrant cultural scene, fine shopping, rich gastronomy and in itself is a two-thousand-year-old city. Located in the Mediterranean, its setting offers a perfect mix between leisure, culture and nature. Barcelona has a wide variety of cultural attractions and a wide offer of Catalan Art Nouveau (modernisme). It has brought the world some of the finest architects of all time, including Puig i Cadafalch– who designed buildings as the Casa Amatller and Casa de les Punxes – and Domènech i Montaner – such as Sant Pau Recinte Modernista and the Palau de la Música Catalana. Nevertheless, the person who has earned the city the greatest international fame and renown is Antoni Gaudí, the creator of some of its major landmark buildings which are known around the world, such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and Sagrada Família.
Barcelona is also a reference for music events, with a wide offer of classical music concerts, theatre performances and festivals. Among the best music venues, stand out the Liceu Opera, one of the best opera houses in Europe, the modernista Palau de la Música Catalana and L’Auditori, which together offer a world-class music agenda.

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All these key musicians in Spain’s musical tradition have one thing in common: they call Barcelona their hometown. The citizenship has always been proud of their musical heritage. Through a continuous effort over many decades, nowadays Barcelona enjoys an exceptional variety of musical institutions with three overwhelming venues, Liceu Opera, one of the largest theatres in Europe, the Palau de la Música, only UNESCO World
Heritage concert hall worldwide and L’Auditori, by dimension and scope, a true city of music by itself. These institutions present, season after season, very attractive programs that welcome in Barcelona all major artists of our times.

Barcelona Obertura is a joint venture to promote Barcelona as a music town.

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Did you know that…?

  • Barcelona hosts every season more than 1100 concerts, opera performances in the Liceu Opera,
    Palau de la Música and L’Auditori.
  • It was the town in the world that first hosted Wagner’s “Parsifal” outside of Bayreuth.
  • The violin concerto of Alban Berg was premiered in 1936 in Barcelona.
  • It is the only town besides Vienna that has two concert halls that are part
    of the European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO).
  • Arnold Schönberg lived and worked for almost two years in Barcelona.