Visitors to luxury Barcelona hotels will be astounded by the diverse and wonderful musical venues available to them. Whatever their musical tastes are they are sure to find somewhere to satisfy. From sublime classical venues to intimate flamenco shows, it’s all available in this wonderful city.
The city has long been a haven for classical music fans and the grand buildings are only matched by the quality of the music played in them. The Liceu Opera House has been part of the cultural society since 1847, when it was founded. Despite having to be rebuilt after fires in 1861 and 1994, having bombs thrown during a production of William Tell in 1893, and its close proximity to street fighting during the Spanish Civil War, it stands as an emblem of Catalan strength. Situated on The Ramblas it is a grand Neo-classical building in which the greats of opera have performed.
Another wonderful venue for classical music within easy distance of many luxury Barcelona hotels is the Palau de la Musica Catalana, which is just off the Via Laetana. Designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it is a beautiful example of modernist architecture, with its colourful ceramic tiling and stained glass dome in the auditorium. Classical concerts are regularly held there but the artists performing range from gospel, flamenco through to modern popular. It is the home of the Orfeó Català, the choral society of the city, so choral music is regularly performed there.
Contemporary music fans visiting luxury Barcelona hotels will find themselves in a city full of places to hear great music. Many of the venues are atmospheric and intimate and have regular live music. One such venue is the cave-like Jamboree, which is on Pla«a Reial where Latin, jazz and blues gigs are regularly staged. Another great place for jazz and blues is Luz de Gas, an old music hall complete with chandeliers. It offers a different genre every night including Dixieland Jazz on Tuesdays and Spanish Rock at the weekends.
Another old dance hall now being used for contemporary music is the Sala Apolo, which is near the Avinguda del Paral-lel; sitting on crushed velvet banquettes you will be able to listen to everything from pop, rock and folk to electronic music. For a vast range of music under the same roof, the Razzmatazz is a great option. The five different rooms offer everything from tech-house to indie rock and big name artists sometimes perform there.
Although the region of Catalonia is not the home of flamenco, the city offers some great places to see performances of this wonderful traditional music. Los Tarantos is on Pla«a Reial and is the sister club to Jamboree. Three performances are held every evening with more in the summer, and a different cuadro is performed every night of the week. The spotted red walls and the subdued lighting create a wonderful atmosphere in which to watch and listen to flamenco. You need to arrive early, though, as entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Tablao Cordobes holds regular authentic flamenco shows and you can have a meal while you watch. For flamenco on a grand scale, a visit to Palacio del Flamenco on Carrer Balmes will be an unforgettable experience. Housed in a former theatre, the venue seats up to 450 people and offers flamenco in all its forms. Several ticket prices are offered, including dining options or just drinks.
For the true music lover, staying in luxury Barcelona hotels will be all the more enjoyable if you spend an evening in one of these wonderful venues.