Virreina Palace

  • Palau Virreina

    Palau Virreina

  • Palau Virreina

    Palau Virreina

  • Palau Virreina

    Palau Virreina

The Virreina Palace, an architectural wonder not to be missed during your visit to Barcelona. Located on the Ramblas in the historic district of El Raval, right next to the Boqueria Market, this palace is a jewel of Barcelona's heritage. It was the viceroy of Peru who occupied the Virreina Palace after the death of her husband, hence its name. This eighteenth-century palace is now the headquarters of the cultural space of the Barcelona City Council and serves as a setting for temporary exhibitions.


To get there by public transport, you can take metro line 3 (Liceu), buses 14, 59, 91 and N9, as well as streetcar lines T1, T2 and T3, stop Rambla del Raval.


What to see at the Virreina Palace?

Built in the eighteenth century by the architect Manuel d'Amat i Junient, the Virreina Palace was originally a residence for the aristocrats of Barcelona. Today, it hosts the "Centre de la Imatge" for temporary exhibitions mainly of photography, concerts and cultural events.

The interest of this place lies in its remarkable architecture, with a neoclassical facade decorated with sculptures of Roman and Greek deities. Inside, visitors will appreciate the magnificent baroque frescoes.


The long history of the Virreina Palace

The Palace of Virreina has a fascinating history. Over the years it has had many different owners and uses. In the twentieth century it was transformed into a cinema and then into a cultural center. Since 1994, it has been listed as a cultural heritage site by the city of Barcelona and was renovated in 2007 to preserve its original charm.


Our advice: For a successful visit, we recommend taking an audio guide that will allow you to learn more about the history of this magnificent place.


>> Although it is not well known to the general public, the visitors who had the chance to discover the Virreina Palace were all charmed by the architecture and the history of the place. They emphasized the excellent quality of the exhibits and the beauty of the baroque frescoes.

Virreina Palace

Rambla, 99, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Area: Ciutat Vella
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 8pm. 1 January, 1 May, 25 and 26 December closed.
Phone: +34 933 161 000
Metro/Bus: Metro: L3 Liceu / Bus: 14, 59, 91
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free and it's well worth a visit.
JeanJean (22 Sep 2023 - 07:26)
A fine venue for free photo exhibitions on La Rambla, in a peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle of this grand avenue. Whether you're a photography enthusiast or an amateur, it's well worth a visit.
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Last comments - 4 Jul 2024 - 08:02
Hello Dom, For a week's stay, a very smart pass is the City Pass (the most complete and economical) or the Barcelona Essentials Pass with two must-see monuments and the public transport card.. Best,
Dom - 4 Jul 2024 - 07:52
Best pass for one week stay?
Hello, I'm staying in Barcelona for a week. Which smart pass would you recommend? - 1 Jul 2024 - 09:48
Hello Jacqui, The Aerobus in Barcelona does not offer a specific senior discount for international visitors. Best, - 1 Jul 2024 - 09:48
Hello Colin, Yes, there are pickup points near Terminal 2C at Barcelona Airport that you can access. Specifically, you can use the express car park located in front of Terminal 2, which includes T2C. This parking area allows for quick drop-offs and pickups and is situated conveniently close to the terminal entrances​ . Best,
Colin - 1 Jul 2024 - 08:56
Picking up passengers terminal 2 c
Is there pick up points near 2 c that I can access and do I pay
Jacqui - 1 Jul 2024 - 08:54
Seniors Card
Is there a seniors discount for visitors from other countries, - 25 Jun 2024 - 10:40
Hello Rebecca, As of now, you do not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a vaccination certificate to enter Spain from the United States. Spain has lifted all COVID-19-related health controls at its entry points for travelers, making travel much simpler in terms of pandemic restrictions​. Best,
Rebecca - 25 Jun 2024 - 10:36
Do I need to provide proof of negative Covid test or vaccine in order to visit Spain (coming from the U.S.)?

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  1. free and it's well worth a visit. - JeanJean (22 Sep 2023 - 07:26)

    A fine venue for free photo exhibitions on La Rambla, in a peaceful setting away from the hustle and bustle of this grand avenue. Whether you're a photography enthusiast or an amateur, it's well worth a visit.

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