ThePalau de les Arts Reina Sofia, to give it its full name, is one of the most spectacular buildings in the whole of the City.
Descriptions of it vary from “a mix between a boat and a spaceship”, to “some sort of prehistoric trilobite”, to “a giant warrior’s helmet”.
The “palm frond” that covers the whole building is particularly impressive, being supported only at one end, where it meets the ground.
Inside the building, it’s no less impressive – there are four different halls, including the main performance space, seating 1,412, which can be used for a Symphony Orchestra, or for presenting Opera or Ballet; the Upper auditorium, seating over 1,490, with sound, cinema, and visual facilities that can be used for pop concerts or other special Musical events, a smaller , seating 378, that is used for small musical recitals, conferences, and childrens theatre, and finally the Martin i Soler Theatre, seating 400, with a small orchestra pit, where smaller Operatic productions are often staged.
For the current programme of events, and to reserve tickets, take a look at the Palau’s own website.
There are also Guided Tours available every day at 1pm, with an extra Tour on Saturdays at 11am. These last around 60 minutes, taking in all four Halls, and cost €8 per person – with a €2 discount for Senior Citizens. Tickets for the guided tours are available from the Box Office on the day – no reservations required.