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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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Gaudí wanted the building's residents to know each other. Elevators serve just every second floor, encouraging friendly encounters in the stairwells and landing!
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.
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.
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.
- 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 thereTake 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
It was a lovely day to see the sites and amazing buildings of Barcelona. Also having the opportunity to get on and off to visit the parks then enjoy ice creams along the way made our day more enjoyable. I would recommend everyone does this when visiting this beautiful city.
The bus is a really convenient way to explore Barcelona. I was in Barcelona with my parents, who don’t enjoy walking long distances and they were super happy to be able to take the bus and move onto the next sight. All drivers and guides on the bus were super friendly and the audio guides were thorough and really well made. The only small problem we had was that the Park Güell stop was changed and neither the App nor the map are up to date so it took us a little while to make it back to the right place. It would be great if the app were updated. All in all I was really satisfied!
We started our tour at 9 and had ample time to view and experience each area at our own pace. The exhibits and corresponding audible descriptions were informative and clearly demonstrated how Gaudi used nature in his architecture. Excellent audible tour guide.
I chose the Hop On Hop Off tour because it took me to all the important spots to see in Barcelona at a reasonable price and allowed me the flexibility to hop off and on the bus however many times I wished. My husband had rented a car, but traffic and finding parking was really stressful, so that's why we decided to do the Hop On Hop Off tour.
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！