Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, is one of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous works in Barcelona. We toured Casa Mila and La Sagrada Familia in the same day and I’m glad we went here first. The audio tour that accompanies your visit to La Pedrera gives tons of insight into Gaudi, his style and his vision.
Casa Mila was built from 1906-1912, and it was the last civil work designed by Gaudi. Because of the uniqueness of it’s curved, stone facade, the building was extremely controversial during the time. Today Casa Mila is a UNESCO world heritage site, and one of the most visited attractions in Barcelona.
Casa Mila: The Tour
To take a tour of Casa Mila, it’s highly advised that you book your tickets online, in advance. You choose your tour time at the time of booking which allows you to skip the line and walk right in. Basic general admission tickets are 22 euro, which I thought was expensive.
An audio guide is included with your admission fee. I didn’t know anything about Casa Mila (or Gaudi) before visiting and the tour helped me to appreciate what I was looking at. Gaudi designed Casa Mila exclusively with natural forms resulting in absolutely no right angles within the building.
The roof of La Pedrera is the most famous section of the entire building. Gaudi wanted to disguise the necessary roof structures such as chimneys and ventilation ducts with art. Water tanks are hidden under swirled, tile covered sculptures. The chimneys were made into soldier-like statues, which are said to be protecting the roof.
There are two arches on the roof which were built to perfectly frame two very specific views. One is Mt. Tibidabo and the other, his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.
After spending some time on the roof, the tour takes you downstairs to the loft where you walk through an exhibition about Gaudi and his methods of creating. You’ll also visit a recreated La Pedrera apartment belonging to a wealthy family from the time period.
Overall, I enjoyed the visit to Casa Mila. Personally, I’m not sure I felt it was worth the admission price. Those with interests in architecture and Catalan history, will get a lot more out of it. Still, I gained an appreciation for Gaudi which helped me to better understand his other works within Barcelona.
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Passeig de Gràcia, 92
Phone: +34 902 202 138
How to Get to Casa Mila
Bus: 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17.
Metro: lines 3 and 5, estació Diagonal.
3 March to 2 Nov.: daily 09.00-20.30
3 Nov. to 24 Dec.: daily 09.00-18.30
26 Dec. to 3 Jan.: daily 09.00-20.30
Closed: 25 Dec.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time
Admission Prices (as of 2017)
Book your Tickets here online
Over 65: €16,50
Children (six and under): free
Children (seven to twelve): €11
20% discount with Barcelona Card