Experts say that Casa Lleó i Morera is a family-size version of Palau de la Música. And if Palau is considered the epitome of modernista architecture due to its elaborate decorative elements, the artistic splendour of this house is also beyond dispute. Both landmarks were designed by the brilliant architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
Built between 1902 and 1906, Casa Lleó i Morera is the perfect example of modernist housing in Barcelona. A must visit in your plans. More info at www.casalleomorera.com.
Guided visits: Mon-Sat, check online available times. Requires previous reservation.
How to get there: Passeig de Gràcia, 35. Metro PASSEIG DE GRÀCIA L2, L3 and L4.
Book now your stay at B-Hotel and get a 10% discount on the guided visit at Casa Lleó i Morera.
Museums near the hotel include:
This building, designed by architect Josep Lluís Sert, is home to many works by Joan Miró.
(Paseo de Santa Madrona, 39-41)
The MAC is home to archeological remains found throughout Catalonia and the Balearic islands, from the Paleolithic through the Visigothic periods.
(Mirador del Palau, 1)
The National Art Museum of Catalonia contains one of the largest European collections of Roman art. It also has tapestries and paintings from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
(Avda. del Marqués de Comillas, 6-8)
The social and cultural center run by the “La Caixa” financial institution.
Mies van der Rohe Pavilion
(Avda. del Marqués de Comillas, s/n)
This work by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a landmark in 20th century architecture.
Theatres and playhouses near the hotel include:
Mercat de Les Flors Municipal Theatre
Located in Plaza Margarida Xirgu 1, seats 1,064, in 3 different performance spaces, known as Maria Aurèlia Capmany (MAC), Ovidi Montllor (OM) and Sebastià Gasch (SG).
Barcelona Music Theatre
Located on calle Joaquin Blume, s/n, this theatre was remodeled in 2001 in order to accommodate large-scale performances.
Located on Paseo de Santa Madrona 36, this is the city’s major site for theatre, dance, and circus performances.
Located in Plaza Margarida Xirgu 1, and founded by a group of independent artists, the ‘Free Theatre’ hosts music and dance performances.
Barcelona is music. And B-Hotel brings you straight to it.
Relax and listen!
- Venues near B-Hotel:
Palau Sant Jordi (Passeig Olímpic, 5-7)
Designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, specially for the Olympic Games of 1992, this covered, multi-functional performance space is located on Montjuïc, built to host all sorts of concerts and special events, and can accommodate up to 24,000 audience members.
Sant Jordi Club
This recently renovated medium-sized concert hall is one of the city’s premier musical venues. It used to be the Sala Barcelona ’92, part of the Palau Sant Jordi.
Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium (Passeig Olímpic, 17-19)
Once the setting for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic Games, this is by far the top choice for all sorts of special events, and can accommodate 70,000 spectators.
Barcelona Musical Theater - BTM (Joaquim Blume, s/n)
Formerly the city’s principal sports venue, this space was remodeled in 2001. The qualities of its acoustics and structural dimensions make it perfect for musical performances of particular intensity.
Poble Espanyol (Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13)
Since it was first built in 1929, Poble Espanyol has remained a very special space in Barcelona. Its life-size emulation of a small Spanish village allows it to foster a truly unique atmosphere wherein arts, leisure, and culture play a key role.
Sala Apolo (Nou de la Rambla 111-113)
This is one of Barcelona’s most famous and fabled nightlife venues. With over 25 years of history, the space currently functions as both a concert hall and dance club. A second, adjacent venue, la , opened just last year.
Primavera Sound: This festival was founded in 2000 in order to feature both independent and well-known, popular musicians. It welcomes musical performances of many styles and genres, though its focus is mainly on pop, rock, and electronic music. The festival is held over the course of days in May. (www.primaverasound.com)
Sónar: Since 1994, this International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art is held in Barcelona every year, over the course of three days in June. (www.sonar.es)
Festival Grec: Thus festival brings the best performances in theater, music, dance, and circus arts to the amphitheater of Barcelona, located on Montjuïc. (http://grec.bcn.cat/)
BAM stands for "Barcelona Action Musical." It’s an independent music festival celebrated during the city’s La Mercè festivities, and features various concerts, some of them free. (http://www.bcn.es/bam)
ARENAS de Barcelona opened its doors to the public under a new configuration in 2011. An avant-garde space that combines business, leisure, and cultural components, ARENAS brings past and present together in one of the Old City’s most emblematic buildings.
The structure, located within the city’s long-defunct bull ring, was built in 1900 and designed in the neo-mudéjar style by architect Augusto Font i Carreras. For years, the structure represented one of Barcelona’s most symbolic and historically relevant structures.
After years of disuse (starting in 1977), the building’s transformation into a commercial, cultural, and entertainment center was commissioned to Richard Rogers Partnership and Alonso - Belaguer architects, who re-imagined the unique historical site as Arenas de Barcelona, conserving and restoring its original 19th-century neo-mudéjar façade, while constructing a new and innovative cultural commercial space.
This new structure features three floors of shops, services, technology and culture. But the thing that makes Arenas de Barcelona a truly unique and innovative space is the cultural events and entertainment programming offered within its walls.
Located at a central point connecting the city’s main artery, Gran Vía, to the El Prat Airport, the Old Port, and Avenida Paralelo, Arenas de Barcelona is just a short distance away from Sants Station, and right opposite the Fira de Barcelona. It’s a new cultural center at the center of town, and bound to constitute one of the city’s top must-see sites.
Combining shopping with culture and entertainment, Arenas de Barcelona will become an essential stop for the city’s tourists, as well as the many annual visitors to the Fira de Barcelona.
.:: ARENAS de Barcelona website ::.
B-Hotel’s close proximity to the sports arenas of Montjuïc and its Olympic Park makes it the ideal place to stay when you plan on participating in or attending any sporting event hosted atop the mountain. Barcelona means sports!
Palau Sant Jordi (Pg. Olímpic, 5-7)
The 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona took place in the heart of the Olympic Park built atop Montjuïc. This new sporting facility, an athletic palace, was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, and is currently Barcelona’s second-largest covered structure.
The arena’s layout is designed to host events that draw up to 17.000 seated spectators.
Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium (Av. de l'Estadi s/n)
The Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium was specially constructed for the 1929 International Exposition. It was later remodeled in advance of the 1992 Olympic Games. With capacity for 54,000 spectators, the stadium has recently received a five-star rating from the Union of European Football Associates (UEFA).
Bernat Picornell Pools (Av. de l’Estadi 30-38)
Located in the Olympic Park on Montjuïc, these swimming pools are a tribute to Bernat Picornell i Richier, the great Catalan swimmer and founder of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation.
The Picornell pools include three discrete swimming venues: an outdoor pool and indoor pool, both measuring 50m, as well as a diving pool. Currently, the pools are available for public use, in addition to a large gym facility and sauna.
La Foixarda Rugby Field (Camí de la Foixarda, 1)
Located on Montjuïc, the field was inaugurated on December 25, 1921, to host a game between FC Barcelona and AC Sparta Prague. It is currently used as a rugby field, and features seating capacity of 800.
Pompeii Royal Tennis Society (Camí de la Foixarda, 2)
This tennis club, founded in the early 20th century (1908), is located in a natural enclave atop Montjuïc and enjoys a privileged view over the city. It’s the perfect place to practice tennis or participate in social events.
Joan Serrahima Municipal Stadium (c/ Polvorí, 5)
Inaugurated in 1969 and remodeled in 1983, this stadium is dedicated to accomplished Catalan athlete Joan Serrahima. It currently serves as the headquarters of the Municipal School of Athletics.
Pau Negre - Parc Migdia Municipal Sports Complex (Pg. Olímpic, 4)
A sporting complex featuring an outdoor athletic track.
La Bascula Municipal Sports Complex (c/ del Foc, 112)
This sports complex is complete with covered courts for indoor practicing soccer, handball, basketball, and volleyball. The outdoor facilities feature Astroturf for games of 11-a-side and 7-a-side soccer.
Carlos Pérez de Rozas Municipal Baseball Stadium (c/ Pierre de Coubertin, 9)
This baseball stadium located on Montjuïc was built in memory of Carlos Pérez de Rozas y Sáenz de Tejada.
Other nearby sites of interest include:
Magic Fountains of Montjuïc
Built for the 1929 World Fair, these fountains are the work of architect Carles Buigas and a genuine celebration of light and sound.
Also built for the 1929 World Fair, this site is an authentic imitation of some of Spain’s traditional and most emblematic architectural structures.
Joan Miró Park
Also known as Parc de l’Escorxador, and with good reason: the park is located on the site of what was once Barcelona’s municipal abattoir. It was rebuilt as a park in 1982 by the architects Antoni Solanas, Màrius Quintana, Beth Galí and Andreu Arriol.
The Joan Miró sculpture Dona i ocell (‘Woman and bird’) was inaugurated in 1983, in Miró’s absence (due to poor health). Standing at the foot of a large man-made lake, the sculpture is 22m high and depicts a woman wearing a hat with a bird atop.
One of the city’s only nature reserves, these gardens house an extraordinary collection of Mediterranean and exotic plants. It was designed in 1930 on the old quarries of Montjuïc.
Inaugurated in 1965, the Cable car line runs from Paralelo, over Barceloneta, and to the Montjuïc Miramar, offering amazing views of the city.
An ancient fort situated atop the Montjuïc mountain, the site was the home of Barcelona’s Military Museum until just recently. It is soon to host the Peace Center.
Mirador of Montjuïc
Joan Manuel Serrat pays homage to this structure in his famous song, “Mediterráneo”; it grants amazing views to the sea, the airport, the Montjuïc cemetery, all of Baix Llogbregat, the Olympic area, particularly Palau Sant Jordi, and the rest of the city visible from the mountaintop: Sarrià, Pedralbes, Les Corts, and Sants.