Barcelona’s opera house, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, was founded on La Rambla in 1847 and is an iconic Barcelona landmark. It is one of the world’s most spectacular classical opera houses and over the years has continued to fulfil its role as a centre for culture and the arts staging a world-class programme of operas, concerts and dance with its own orchestra and choir.

You’ll be able to attend a quality opera as part of its varied programme with internationally renowned singers, or visit its most representative areas: the Auditorium, the elegant Hall of Mirrors or the exclusive Cercle del Liceu, an English-style members’ club housed in the same building which is home to an important collection of Catalan art nouveau, or modernista, works of art, including paintings by Ramon Casas and other painters of the time.

Visiting the Liceu

The Gran Teatre del Liceu can be visited daily with a variety of tours. Here, the most important and representative rooms can be visited:

The Express Tour is a short, approximately 20 minute tour of the main areas of the house. Here you’ll see the foyer, the hall of mirrors, some theatre boxes and the large hall. The Express Tour starts daily at 11.30AM, 12.00AM, 12.30AM, and 13.00AM.

Moreover there is the major Guided Tour with a tour guide. This takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes, and you will get to see the stage, backstage and other rooms in the background of the Liceu’s stage operations. The tour starts daily at 10.00AM.

Please note that tours may not take place for operational reasons, e.g. rehearsal or shows.

The entrance for the tours is to the left of the main entrance and leads downstairs to a café and a shop, where you can buy books and CDs. In front of the shop there is a cash desk and the tour registration desk.

La Rambla, 51-59 Barcelona

Image source – Gran Teatre del Liceu/Jordi Play