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5 architectural facts about the Casa Milà

Designed for the wealthy businessman Pere Milà, Antoni Gaudí's modernist oddity in the center of Barcelona has become one of the city's most famous buildings. Rich with phantasmagorical features to explore, here are five interesting tidbits to start your tour!

Its nickname means "The Quarry"

Casa Milà's nickname – La Pedrera – arose from its similarity to a single limestone precipice. A controversial building in its time, the term wasn't always used so affectionately!

It was intended to be religiously symbolic

The design was heavily inspired by Gaudí's Catholic faith. He almost walked off the project when a planned statuary of the Virgin Mary was blocked by local building codes!

Visitors can see the Sagrada Família from the roof

The rooftop terrace offers spectacular views over Barcelona and Gaudí's famous as-yet-unfinished Sagrada Familia. In summer, an open-air bar provides drinks and live music too!

Even the air-conditioning is worth seeing!

The roof terrace offers plenty more to quell your curiosity than the views alone. The Medieval knights among its surreal sculptures keep cool air flowing through the building.

Elevator access is limited for the best reason

Gaudí wanted the building's residents to know each other. Elevators serve just every second floor, encouraging friendly encounters in the stairwells and landing!

Our insider tips

When to visit?

Casa Milà's opening times are 9:00AM to 8:00PM daily from March 1st to November 3rd, and 9:00AM to 6.30PM the rest of the year (closed December 25th and January 13th to 19th). La Predrera is also worth seeing at night, though. The rooftop bar is open until midnight throughout the summer months, and there are also occasional nighttime tours and exhibitions worth keeping an eye out for.

Booking tickets

Book tickets in advance to beat the queues, especially during peak season. Standard tickets cost upwards of €20 (audio guide included), with some special exhibitions costing more. Note that concessions are incredibly generous so bring anything that might qualify you! Children under six can go for free.

How to get there?

Casa Milà can be accessed by buses 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17, or by taking the Metro lines 3 or 5 to the station Diagonal.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    March 1st to November 3rd, 9:00AM to 8:00PM, 9:00AM to 6:30PM the rest of the year.
  • Is it expensive?
    Ticket prices start at €20, audio guide included.
  • Will I need a guide?
    La Pedrera offers group tours in several languages, or check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take the 7, 16, 17, 22, 24 or V17 bus or Metro line 3 or 5 to the Diagonal station.
  • Additional information

    • Tickets can be printed in advance or validated on your smartphone!

    • Between 9:00AM and 10:00AM and after 4:00PM there are fewer crowds.

What people are saying about Casa Mila

Worthy of the money and getting up at chill 7am

Ana is a fantastic guide! My friend and I had a really wonderful time there chatting and visiting La Pedrera with her! The view is soooo nice with less people getting into your scene, try it if you fancy doing photography. Also without people flooding in and with a nice, passionate and welcoming guide, you can see more places than usual tours at Casa Milà and ask whatever questions you have regarding this fantastic house. 我们的导赏员Ana是一个很热情的人,而且对于米拉之家非常了解。早上虽然有点冷有点困,门票也有点贵但是真的很值!因为人少所以基本可以和导赏员看完整个米拉之家的所有角落,而且因为是guided tour所以可以问问题,更好地去了解。喜欢摄影的伙伴儿们更可以试试看,因为人少所以非常好拍。之前有没看好的地方想在导赏之后继续看可是可以的。总之很推荐!真的玩得非常开心!

The Awakening of La Pedrera Reviewed by RUJIA, 11/26/2017

Interesting building to see - nice to skip the line

Buying a ticket in advance really helps. The queue to buy a ticket was very long (aug 2017). The Casa Mila has only one apartment one can visit plus you can see an exhibition over Gaudi in the attic. The roof top is however open for visits and it is a thrilling walk, up and down. Nothing for people that are scared of hights though.

Ideal vehicle - interesting presentation-shame about the traffic.

The 'tourbus' was a partially opentop vehicle giving a good view of the sights and having really comfortable seats. The commentary was interesting although some of the illustrations were rather small. The highlight of the tour was the magical fountain which was impressive, but perhaps overshadowed by its own reputation. The tour ended on the observation deck of a building next to Drassanes underground station. the views were impressive though most of the visible (i.e. illuminated) features were quite distant.

Very straightforward and easy way to experience the Gaudi property.

The skip the line audio tour was the perfect way to visit Casa Mila at your own pace. You select your language preference and it provides an opportunity to pause, rewind and review any item you might miss during a live guided tour. Purchasing online is easy and the wait line was much shorter than queuing for ticket purchase on site; plus by the time you wait to buy tickets on site, there is a real chance that they will be sold out. I highly recommend purchasing through Get Your Guide to secure a tour spot and time. Be sure to confirm with uniformed staff the appropriate waiting line upon arrival to Casa Mila.

Casa Milà Skip-the-Line Ticket with Audio Guide Reviewed by Tracy, 05/10/2017

Absolutely worth seeing in BRC, amasing experience on the roof.

We really appreciated limited amount of visitors - there weren´t crowds inside (only at the entrance office), even on the roof, so we can enjoy the visit and see the exhibition at rest. So I recommend to buy the tickets in advance to be sure, you will get inside.

Casa Milà Skip-the-Line Ticket with Audio Guide Reviewed by Monika, 04/21/2017

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