More than 30 million tourists visit Barcelona every year.
Sagrada Familia and Park Guell which get more than 5 Million and 10 Million visitors every year respectively make it to every tourist’s list.
Gaudi’s next best creations Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are left to fight it out amongst themselves.
We think both Casa Batllo and Casa Mila are masterpieces and you should visit both.
Especially since they are just 700 meters (2300 feet) away from each other. How else do you gain the bragging rights of having seen the whole ‘Gaudi package’?
However, we do understand that you may have your reasons for deciding on either Casa Batllo or Casa Mila.
Why Casa Batllo vs Casa Mila?
As mentioned earlier, you may have many reasons for choosing between Casa Batllo and La Pedrera (which is the nickname the locals gave Casa Mila, because they thought it looked like a ‘Stone Quarry’). More such Casa Mila facts.
We list a few of them here:
– You are in Barcelona on a short holiday and don’t have much time for both La Pedrera and Casa Batllo
– You are on a budget holiday and feel the ticket prices are high and you can only choose between Casa Mila or Casa Batllo
– You have already seen Sagrada Familia and Park Guell and feel buying both Casa Batllo and La Pedrera tickets will be an overdose of Gaudi.
– You wanted to see both Casa Batllo and Casa Mila but you read reviews on the Internet saying one of them is worthless and now you are confused.
Casa Mila or Casa Batllo
The quick answer to your question “Which Gaudi building should I visit – Casa Batllo or Casa Mila?” is “Visit both, today!”
For the long answer continue reading…
Why Casa Mila?
Casa Mila’s Skip the Line ticket costs 22 Euros while Casa Batllo’s Skip the Line ticket costs 29.5 Euros. When it comes to the cost of the ticket, Casa Mila wins over Casa Batllo hands down.
The Gaudi Museum in the attic of Casa Mila has photos of all the houses built by Gaudi. Some of these houses aren’t even in Barcelona and some don’t allow visitors – which means, at this one place you get to view most of Gaudi’s work. This isn’t the only reason why La Pedrera is totally worth it.
The roof of Casa Mila makes for great photography. The chimneys, ventilation shafts and staircases in imaginative colors and shapes have a functional and an aesthetic appeal. If you want to see the roof in all its glory, you must try La Pedrera at night.
La Pedrera Casa Mila is furnished, which gives you an idea of the kind of life the people living here enjoyed in the early 20th century. In sharp contrast, Casa Batllo is not furnished.
A proper walkthrough around Casa Mila takes almost 3 hours, and if you measure the amount of money spent by the number of hours of entertainment you get, Casa Mila wins over Casa Batllo. Check out how is La Pedrera inside.
If you are an art lover, you will be excited to know that Casa Mila’s entry tickets also help you gain access to the ongoing art exhibitions on the ground floor of Casa Mila.
Why Casa Batllo?
Casa Batllo is smaller and is exquisitely beautiful. Even though the entry ticket for Casa Batllo is 7.5 Euros more, tourists who have been inside thought Casa Batllo was worth the expensive tickets.
At Casa Batllo, you actually go through the living space as designed by Antoni Gaudi for the Ballo family. Whereas in La Pedrera you only go through the lobby, the courtyard, the attic and the roof. Read about the uniqueness of Casa Batllo roof.
You do walk into an apartment with furnishings used by the Mila family, but that’s a small part of the whole tour.
Casa Batllo has one of the best audio guides (watch video) you will find in the whole of Barcelona. It brings the whole building to life.
One Tripadvisor reviewer has even claimed: “Walking around Casa Batllo listening to the audio guide is like listening to a great artist discuss their art.”
Some tourists who have seen both believe Casa Batllo to be Gaudi’s true masterpiece. They say it is the best output of Gaudi’s ideas on the exterior and interior design.
Casa Mila vs Casa Batllo – The Winner
Being major Antoni Gaudi fans, we don’t want to take any sides when it comes to Casa Batllo or Casa Mila. But you won’t leave us with a choice, would you? So here is our recommendation:
If time and money is NOT a concern, we suggest you see both. Both La Pedrera and Casa Batllo are close by.
However, if you are on a budget holiday, and have already seen Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, we suggest you visit Casa Mila.
If you are short on time and money is not a concern, we strongly recommend Casa Batllo. Check out interesting facts about Casa Batllo.
Important: When you buy tickets online, you save 3 Euros (because you don’t pay the window surcharge) and you also avoid the queue.
The online tickets will be emailed to you. To gain entry, just show them at the entrance to gain entry.
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