Casa Mila was Antonio Gaudi’s last residential building before focusing all his energy on Sagrada Familia.
Gaudi built Casa Mila between 1906 and 1912, right in the middle of Barcelona city.
Also known as La Pedrera, it is visited by more than a million tourists every year.
Table of contents
- What to expect
- How to reach Casa Mila
- Casa Mila hours
- Is Casa Mila worth it?
- Best time to visit Casa Mila
- Casa Mila tickets
- Casa Mila at night
- Casa Mila architecture
- What’s inside Casa Mila
- History of Casa Mila
What to expect
There are four ways to experience Casa Mila.
More than 90% of the visitors opt for Casa Mila’s daytime tour, which is the cheapest way to explore the masterpiece.
If you want something romantic, check out Casa Mila’s night experience.
Why Casa Mila is also called La Pedrera
The house’s original name was Casa Mila, after the owners, the Mila family. But the locals gave it a nickname – La Pedrera.
While building Casa Mila, Gaudi had large stone slabs attached to the facade, on which the stonemasons then worked.
With the stone slabs and their irregular shape, the facade reminded the locals of a quarry, and La Pedrera in Spanish means ‘the quarry.’ More such Casa Mila facts
However, Gaudi fans attach his name at the end and call it either Casa Mila Gaudi or La Pedrera Gaudi.
How to reach Casa Mila
La Pedrera Casa Mila is in Passeig de Gràcia 92, a tourism hotbed as numerous tourist attractions are scattered all around.
Casa Mila is in the district of Eixample, Barcelona. Get Directions
If you are traveling by the Barcelona Hop On Hop Off sightseeing bus, ask for “La Pedrera” bus stop.
If you prefer a Metro, you can board Green Line L3 or Blue Line L5 and get down at Provenca Metro station, located under Avinguda Diagonal and Balmes street.
The metro station is 5 minutes walk from Casa Mila.
You can also board bus routes 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, and V17 and get down at the Passeig de Gracia bus stop.
Casa Mila hours
Casa Mila opens at 9 am, every day of the year.
From March to 3 November, Casa Mila closes at 8.30 pm, and during the lean period of 4 November to February end, it closes early at 6.30 pm.
The last entry is always half an hour before closing.
The upper floors start closing 15 minutes before the closing time of the building.
Casa Mila’s night tour timings
The La Pedrera night-show is a 2-hour extravaganza, and it starts half an hour after the attraction closes for the day tours.
From March to 3 November, Casa Mila’s night tours start at 9 pm and end at 11 pm, and during the lean period of 4 November to February end, the show begins at 7 pm and ends at 11 pm.
The night show runs seven days a week.
The 3 Houses of Gaudi is a super saver pass and includes tickets to La Pedrera, Casa Batllo, and Casa Vicens. You also get a 10% discount code, which you can use (five times!) to get discounts on future purchases.
Is Casa Mila worth it?
With Barcelona playing host to Gaudi masterpieces such as Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batllo, etc., it is only natural to ask, “Is La Pedrera worth it?”
Tourists who have visited Casa Mila before and even locals agree that it is worth every cent of the €24 entry ticket.
Here are some of the reasons –
1. Casa Mila is a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts more than a million visitors every year. They seem to think Casa Mila was worth it.
2. Once Casa Mila got built, the neighbors found the building so tasteless that they stopped talking to the owners.
They thought the ugly-looking building would bring down their property prices. Don’t you want to visit such a controversial structure?
3. Some publications also ran satires on Casa Mila. Cartoons making fun of Gaudi and his latest building were published when the building was ready.
4. La Pedrera tickets are cheaper than Casa Batllo tickets.
5. An excellent tour of Casa Mila will take you around three hours. We think a €24 ticket for three hours of Gaudi’s work is worth it.
6. Casa Mila tickets also include access to two different Museum areas – the Espai Gaudí and the Pedrera Apartment.
In Gaudi’s Room, you learn about the architect, and in the Pedrera Apartment, you get to see how wealthy 20th-century families lived. So totally worth it!
7. Casa Mila was the last house Antoni Gaudi built before focusing exclusively on Sagrada Familia.
Don’t you want the bragging right of having seen his last residential creation?
8. More than 15 movies such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Rastros de sándalo (2014), The Passenger (1975), Biotaxia (1968), etc., have used Casa Mila in Barcelona as a backdrop.
Next time you see it in a movie, the bragging rights will be worth it.
Best time to visit Casa Mila
The best time to visit Casa Mila is from 9 am to 10 am, when it is least crowded.
If you can’t make it before 10 am, we suggest you try 4 pm, the next best time to visit Casa Mila.
The daytime tours are more popular and attract a lot of crowds throughout the year.
Fifteen people are allowed inside the attraction at a time, making it one of the most demanded tours of southern Europe.
Best time for photography
If you are an amateur or a professional photographer the best time to visit Casa Mila is in the later part of the afternoon – around 3 pm.
Casa Mila’s facade is best photographed in the afternoon because of natural light.
Best spots to take photos inside Casa Mila are the entry patio, the detailed ceiling, the intricate staircases etc.
As the setting sun starts throwing different hues on the sky, you can go up the terrace to shoot the stunning chimney stacks and ventilation ducts.
These structures appear grand when photographed with a dramatic sky in the background.
Casa Mila tickets
In this section, we share everything you must know before booking your Casa Mila experience.
Online tickets help save time
More than 3000 tourists visit La Pedrera Casa Mila every day, which means 250 eager tourists enter the Gaudi masterpiece every hour.
With so many tourists, the waiting times at the ticketing counter sometimes go up to an hour.
When you purchase your Casa Mila tickets online, you can avoid waiting in long lines and save time.
Online tickets are cheaper
La Pedrera tickets are €3 cheaper (per person!) when you buy them online.
Not many tourists know this and end up wasting their precious vacation time and money.
When visitors purchase their tickets at the venue, they pay ‘Ticketing Window Surcharge’ as well. It is the management fee to maintain a ticketing counter.
How online tickets work
As soon as you make the purchase, Casa Mila tickets get delivered to your inbox.
On the day of your visit, you must reach the attraction 15 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket.
There is no need to bring along ticket printouts – you can show the ticket in your email and walk in.
Casa Mila ticket price
Casa Mila tickets are cheaper online than at the gates.
The cheapest and the most popular Casa Mila daytime ticket costs €24 for visitors aged 13 years and above.
Children between 7 to 12 years pay €12, and seniors 65 years and above pay €18.50 for entry.
The ticket is priced at €18.50 for students with a valid ID.
La Pedrera’s Night Experience costs €34 for visitors aged 13 years and above and €17 for kids between 7 and 12.
Casa Mila ticket discounts
Kids less than six years old get a 100% discount (free entry!) at Casa Mila, while children aged 7 to 12 years qualify for a 50% discount over the listed ticket price.
Senior visitors aged 65 years and above and students with valid IDs get a 25% discount on the adult ticket cost.
Catalonian residents qualify for a €12 discount.
Casa Mila daytime ticket
Casa Mila daytime ticket, also known as the Essentials ticket, is the most popular and the cheapest way to explore this Gaudi masterpiece.
While booking this ticket, you can choose your preferred time of visit.
An audio guide, which is a great help in exploring this attraction, is also included in this Casa Mila ticket.
Adult ticket (13 to 64 years): €24
Youth ticket (7 to 12 years): €12
Senior ticket (65+ years): €18.50
Student ticket (with ID): €18.50
Casa Mila night tickets
The night experience at Casa Mila is also known as “The Origin’s show.”
It is a 90-minute semi-guided tour focussing on the origins of life and the essence of Gaudí’s architectural style.
As part of the tour, you will see multiple projections in the stairwells and work your way to the roof terrace for the 20-minute finale.
With fascinating light projections and background soundtrack, the whole show leaves an edible mark on the tourists.
At the end of the show, you will get a cup of Cava to bring you back to Earth.
Adult ticket (13+ years): €34
Youth ticket (7 to 12 years): €17
Casa Mila premium ticket
La Pedrera’s premium ticket comes with an open date – you can visit anytime you want and on any date, you wish to.
This ticket is valid for six months after the date of purchase.
With this ticket, you get escorted to the lift with priority access.
Adult ticket (13+ years): €31
Youth ticket (7 to 12 years): €12.50
The Secret Pedrera – guided tour
During this guided tour of La Pedrera, a Gaudi expert takes you around the lesser-seen areas of the building.
You get to see areas that are usually restricted from public view, including the old basement car park, rear facade, and first-floor corridor.
This unique tour happens in either Spanish or Catalan, depending on the day selected.
Adult ticket (13+ years): €28
Youth ticket (7 to 12 years): €14.50
*Residents of Catalonia get a 50% discount on these ticket prices.
Casa Mila for free: Tourists on a budget walk up to the road Passeig de Gràcia and gawk at Gaudi’s creation from the sidewalk. From outside, they can see the house’s undulating facade, lack of right angles, the chimneys shaped like soldiers, etc.
Casa Mila at night
Tourists visiting Casa Mila at night see the fascinating show ‘Gaudi’s Pedrera: The Origins.’
The night tour of Gaudi’s Casa Mila starts with an introduction to the building.
The Gaudi expert, who acts as your guide, then takes the tourists through Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer de Provença courtyards, the Espai Gaudi (in the attic) Roof-terrace.
Once they reach the Casa Mila roof, a light, laser, and sound show takes them through the origins of Casa Mila.
The narration of the story of Gaudi and Casa Mila happens through video-mapping of the roof terrace.
After the audio-visual show on the roof is over, all tourists are offered a glass of Cava (Spanish Champagne) at the Carrer de Provenca courtyard.
Casa Mila day or night?
If time and money are not an issue, we recommend you visit Casa Mila during the day and at night.
If you only have time for one of the Casa Mila tours, continue reading.
Advantages of Casa Mila by day
The day tour costs €24 for an adult, while visiting Casa Mila at night will put you back by €34 per person.
If you buy the same tickets at the venue, you will pay 3 Euros extra per person.
The Casa Mila day tour is a flexible option. You choose the time and date when you want to visit and book the tickets.
However, Casa Mila at night tour starts after 7 pm (or 9 pm) depending on the season.
Since the Casa Mila day tour is self-guided, it can be as long as you want it to be.
However, the Casa Mila by night tour is of limited duration – around 90 minutes.
During the day tour, visitors can see ‘The Apartment,’ which remains closed for nighttime visitors.
This Apartment displays bourgeois residents’ lifestyles in the early 20th century.
Find out more about the Casa Mila day ticket.
Advantages of Casa Mila at night
There is no crowd for the night tour – depending on the season, the number of people for this tour ranges from 10 to 30.
Unlike the day tour, a Gaudi Expert hosts the night tour of Casa Mila, and visitors get a detailed description of every aspect of Casa Mila.
Some tourists believe that the building is more beautiful at night because the scars of the 100 years of existence get hidden.
Besides, the artificial lights and the moonlight add their charm to the building.
The 20-minute long light, laser, and sound show on the terrace happen only at night.
During the show, images, colors, and lights are projected on the various elements of the building’s roof to create a stunning narration.
Your tour ends with a glass of Cava, another name for Spanish champagne.
Check out Casa Mila’s Night Experience.
Casa Mila architecture
La Pedrera has the main structure and the outer skin, or facade.
The stone facade doesn’t bear any load of the main structure.
Steel beams with the same curvature support the facade’s weight by attaching to the main structure.
This original method gave Gaudi the room to design the facade with all the freedom he needed.
As a result, he got a beautiful, wavy facade that attracts a million tourists every year.
With the flexibility to design what he wanted to, Casa Mila Gaudi ended up being an asymmetrical building – a rarity.
Casa Mila roof
Many tourists who have been to this Barcelona attraction believe that the highlight of Casa Mila is its roof.
The whole experience of climbing up impressive staircases, looking down into the ventilation shafts, and staring at the Chimneys make it a memorable trip.
The original colors and shapes which greet you on the Casa Mila roof add to the allure.
So much so, La Pedrera Casa Mila’s stepped roof has been called ‘The Garden of Warriors’ by Pere Gimferrer, an award-winning Spanish poet.
The different elements which make up the Casa Mila roof are –
- Six Skylights
- Six Staircase exits
- 28 chimneys in different groups
- 2 half-hidden vents to renew the air in the building
The staircases, some of which are shaped like snails, also house the water tanks.
Casa Mila roof also offers excellent views of the city of Barcelona.
Casa Mila chimneys
The Casa Mila chimneys on the roof need a special mention, for they seem like medieval knights guarding the roof.
These so-called ‘Chimney Knights’ have a characteristic Gaudi motif – a military spiked cowl with deep eye sockets.
Gaudi believed that a structure could be functional and beautiful simultaneously, and Casa Mila’s chimneys achieve it magnificently.
The chimneys are whimsical. They stand out as art sculptures, and yet they serve a purpose.
One of the chimneys is topped with glass pieces.
According to legend, Gaudi himself decorated this chimney with broken pieces of champagne bottles left from the house inauguration party.
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What’s inside Casa Mila
Casa Mila is all curves and waves and no right angles.
Starting from the roof to the courtyard, the attic and the museum within, there are many things you will be impressed by.
The two separate buildings of Casa Mila intersect at this famous courtyard.
Instead of two buildings meeting, the design makes it seems as if two waves of water are crashing onto one another.
The constant curvy sight is sure to put you in a state of trance.
The enchanting courtyard with floral motif murals can be described as the epitome of Catalan architecture.
With as many as 270 parabolic arches supporting the roof above, the attic is sure to wow you.
The attic, which was initially the laundry room, is now converted into a museum.
The museum allows the travelers a glimpse into the life and art of Gaudi.
Many tourists compare this part of the building to the rib-cage of a massive animal.
The main Apartment has two separate parts – The audio-visual presentation room and the famous La Pedrera apartment.
This is the exact place where Pere Milà lived with his family.
You can enjoy a journey back in time as the interiors, including the bathroom, kitchen, living room, and bedroom, are all kept intact.
Besides constructing the house, Antoni Gaudi was also responsible for the decor, designing furniture and accessories such as lamps, planters, chairs, etc.
You can see Gaudi’s interior designing skills at the Mila family’s Apartment, which is maintained as-is on the fourth floor of La Pedrera.
Casa Mila has an always-on Gaudi exhibition in the attic, perhaps the only show devoted to the ace architect Antonio Gaudi.
You can see videos, models, plans, objects, and designs around all his bodies of work.
The Apartment where the Mila family stayed during the hey-days of Casa Mila has been converted into the Exhibition Room.
This exhibit is on the main floor of the house.
After Gaudi’s death, Roser Segimon Mila, the house lady, had changed much of the decor.
However, some of the sculpted columns and areas of ceiling designed by Gaudi still exist.
History of Casa Mila
The history of Casa Mila La Pedrera starts with a wealthy couple buying a 2,000 square meters property on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona.
The Mila family wanted to build a unique house, which would stand out from the rest, and when they saw Casa Batllo, they were impressed.
Since they wanted to build something similar, they contacted Casa Batllo’s architect Antonio Gaudi.
Gaudi agreed and started building Casa Mila La Pedrera in 1906.
The construction of this landmark building took six long years.
Casa Milà La Pedrera was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1984.
It was the first building of the 20th century to be included in the list.