Barcelona Journals

Palau de la Musica - Great Secret in a Great City

A May 2005 trip to Barcelona by NuriaC

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Quote: I am a native of BCN living in the U.S., and I am amazed to see how many people (even locals) have never been to El Palau de la Musica. Go discover it, and it will definitely become the highlight of your trip.

Palau de la Musica - Great Secret in a Great City

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Overview

Skylight Photo, Barcelona, Spain
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Designed by Lluis Domenech i Montaner in 1908, it is the headquarters of The Orfeo Catala (the catalan national choir). The Palau is a perfect marriage of different materials: exposed brick, glass, iron, and glazed tiles that make impossibly gorgeous mosaics. Although it is located in the Gothic quarter and surrounded my tiny streets, all the glass, windows, and doors act as reflectors, making the building very airy and open. It is like being in a dream or a magic fishbowl. Another perfect example of Catalan Modernism, it hosts one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world, if not THE most beautiful.Quick Tips: There are tours in English, Spanish, and Catalan almost every hour. The gui...Read More
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The Hotel Arts is hands down the best hotel in Barcelona. The staff is great, and the rooms are some of the sexiest you'll ever see, fancy but very confortable. It just went through a full renovation (rooms and public areas), including new concepts for the fantastic restaurants. Close to everything with a $4 cab ride, but far enough that you can just relax by the pool and watch the sunset.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2005

Hotel Arts Barcelona (Ritz Carlton)
Carrer de la Marina, 19-21
Barcelona, Spain
93-221-10-00

Comerç 24

Restaurant

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Comerc 24 is fantastic restaurant where you will never be disappointed. The chef used to work with superstar chef Ferran Adria (three Michelin stars). The fare is Catalan fusion, taking the traditional Catalan flavors and presenting them in very original ways (foams, jellies, etc.). The staff is super-professional, and the sommelier is fantastic. It's a very comfortable ambience, despite being a very hot place where you can see many Catalan celebrities.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 8, 2005

Comerç 24
Carrer Comerç 24
Barcelona, Spain
93-319-2102

About the Writer

NuriaC

NuriaC
Bonita Springs, Florida