The Gran Teatre del Liceu is a magnificent opera house located on La Rambla, the most famous street in Barcelona. It was founded in 1847 and has hosted some of the most renowned operas, ballets and concerts in the world. The Liceu is not only a cultural institution, but also a symbol of the city’s history and identity.
The Gran Teatre del Liceu is open every day from 10:00 to 20:00, except on Sundays and holidays, when it closes at 18:00. The shows usually start at 20:00 or 21:00, but you can check the schedule on the website or on the ticket. You should arrive at least 15 minutes before the show to go through security and find your seat.
The easiest way to get to the Gran Teatre del Liceu is by metro. The Liceu station (L3) is right in front of the opera house. You can also take a bus (14, 59, 91) or a taxi to La Rambla. If you are driving, you can park your car at one of the nearby parking lots, such as BSM La Boqueria or SABA BAMSA Plaça dels Àngels.
The Gran Teatre del Liceu offers guided tours in different languages every day from 10:00 to 18:00. The tours last about 50 minutes and cost 16 euros per person. You can book your tour online or at the box office. The tours will take you through the main hall, the foyer, the auditorium, the stage and the dressing rooms. You will learn about the history, architecture and art of the Liceu and see some of its treasures, such as paintings, sculptures and costumes.
The Gran Teatre del Liceu has many things to see and enjoy besides the shows. You can admire the stunning façade with its sculptures and mosaics, the elegant lobby with its marble staircase and chandeliers, the majestic auditorium with its red velvet seats and gold decorations, and the impressive ceiling painting by Antoni Rigalt. You can also visit the Liceu Museum, which displays a collection of documents, photographs and objects related to the opera house and its artists.
Some tips to make your visit to the Gran Teatre del Liceu more enjoyable are: dress appropriately for the occasion, respect the silence and applause rules during the show, turn off your phone and other devices, avoid taking photos or videos inside the auditorium, and check your coat and bag at the cloakroom. You can also have a drink or a snack at one of the bars or restaurants inside or near the Liceu.
Some prohibitions that you should be aware of when visiting the Gran Teatre del Liceu are: smoking inside or outside the building, bringing food or drinks into the auditorium, entering with pets (except guide dogs), wearing hats or sunglasses that obstruct the view of others, and using flashlights or laser pointers.