Despite its plain exterior, this 2,700-seat Belle Epoque opera house is opulent and extravagant inside. One of the world’s grand theaters, it was designed in 1861 to replace an earlier o destroyed by fire. Flames gutted the opera house again in 1994, but it was restored to its 19th-century glory. It’s also a great place to take in opera, dance, or a concert. The building has a modest cafe on the lower level where you can get an 11€ menu (appetizer, main course, and drink) from 1:30 to 4pm before one of the matinee performances at 3, 5, or 6pm. The Liceu also offers guided and self-guided tours of the public areas, and a limited number of guided tours of the stage and service areas.