In one of the most crowded, most popular streets of Barcelona, La Rambla you will find Palau de la Virreina. This baroque building invites you to peek into the old timers’ wealth. From the front door, you will see a lovely interior courtyard and stone stairs. Take them to the first floor where you will be able to view one of the temporary exhibits in La Virreina. Most exhibits are art and image related.
Built in the 18th century for the Viceroy of Peru (Manuel d’Amat I de Junyent), it was named after his wife, in Catalan virreina. With a style that is between baroque and rococo, La Virreina palace offers great opportunity to explore Barcelona’s history for free.
Today, the building of La Virreina houses the city council’s Culture institute and hosts temporary art exhibitions and some cultural events through the year.
It’s also good to know they have public toilets and that they are equipped with changing tables for babies. So, worth the visit even if you are travelling with kids. Palau de la Virreina is an accessible building so it has elevators (convenient for those travelling with kids in strollers) and adapted toilets.
Palau de la Virreina practical information
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Sundaya nd public holidays from 12:00 to 20:00.
- Admission: free of charge
- Current exhibits: check out the current exhibits at La Virreina official website.
How to get to Palau de la Virreina
Address: La Rambla, 99
Palau de la Virreina is located in La Rambla, very close to main tourist attractions such as Plaça Catalunya, La Boqueria Market and Liceu opera theatre.
Get there by public transport taking L3 (green) to Liceu stop or getting off at Plaça Catalunya and walking from there through La Rambla to the palace, metro lines 3 and 1 (green and red), plus trains.