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Casa Mila was Antonio Gaudi’s last residential building before focusing all his energy on Sagrada Familia.

Gaudi built the structure between 1906 and 1912 in the middle of Barcelona city.

Also known as La Pedrera, it is visited by more than a million tourists every year.

This article covers everything you must know before buying your Casa Mila tickets.

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Things to know before booking tickets

This section shares everything you must know before booking your Casa Mila experience.

Online tickets help save time

More than 3000 tourists visit the attraction 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 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 also pay a ‘Ticketing Window Surcharge’, which is the management fee for maintaining a ticketing counter.

How online tickets work

As soon as you make the purchase, the 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. 

You do not need to bring along ticket printouts—you can show the ticket in your email and walk in. 

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There are four ways to experience the attraction. 

More than 90% of the visitors opt for the daytime tour, which is the cheapest way to explore the masterpiece. 

If you want something romantic, check out the night experience

The Barcelona attraction also offers a premium ticket, which allows you to walk in whenever you want, and a guided tour, where you experience otherwise hidden areas of the building.  

Daytime ticket

Also known as the Essentials ticket, this 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.

This ticket also includes an audio guide, which is very helpful in exploring this attraction.

Cost of tickets

The cheapest and the most popular ticket costs €24 for visitors aged 13 years and above. 

Children between seven and 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.

Adult (13 to 64 years): €24
Youth (7 to 12 years): €12
Senior (65+ years): €18.50
Student (with ID): €18.50

Night tickets

The night experience 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 a 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.

Cost of tickets

La Pedrera’s Night Experience costs €34 for visitors aged 13 years and above and €17 for kids between seven and 12. 

Adult (13+ years): €34
Youth (7 to 12 years): €17

Premium ticket

La Pedrera’s premium ticket has an open date—you can visit anytime and on any date. 

This ticket is valid for six months after the date of purchase.

With this ticket, you get escorted to the lift with priority access.

Cost of tickets

Adult (13+ years): €31
Youth (7 to 12 years): €12.50

The Secret Pedrera guided tour

During this guided tour of La Pedrera, a Gaudi expert will show you the lesser-known 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. 

Cost of tickets

Adult (13+ years): €28
Youth (7 to 12 years): €14.50

*Residents of Catalonia get a 50% discount on these ticket prices.

Discounts

Kids under six years old get a 100% discount (free entry!), while children aged seven to 12 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 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.

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FAQs about tickets

Here are some questions tourists ask before purchasing their tickets for the La Pedrera in Barcelona.

Does Casa Mila offer free tickets?

Entry to the attraction is free for children up to six years old, persons with disabilities (>65%) and their companions, and ICOM members.

Can I buy tickets at the venue?

Yes, the tickets are available at the venue’s ticket office. However, the popular timeslots may sell out due to high demand, so it’s better to get them online in advance.

Do we need to print online tickets?

Visitors can present their tickets on mobile devices, but printed tickets are also accepted at the La Pedrera.

What is the arrival time?

You must select a preferred visit time when you book the attraction’s tickets. Considering the security check time, we recommend arriving at least 10 minutes before your visit.

What is the venue’s late arrival policy?

Entry to the attraction for latecomers is not guaranteed.

Does Casa Mila offer discounts for locals?

The attraction offers discounted admission to Catalonian residents, seniors over 65 years, and persons with disabilities (>33%) with valid IDs.

Does the museum-house offer a student discount?

Yes, the attraction offers a student discount on their admission tickets upon presentation of a valid student ID.

Does the attraction offer a military discount?

The attraction does not offer a military discount on its admission tickets.

Does the Barcelona City Card include access to the attraction?

Yes, the Barcelona City Card is a cost-effective option to explore the best attractions in Barcelona with one single pass over 2, 3, 4, or 5 days – your choice! Enjoy discounts up to 50%* compared to buying individual attraction tickets, a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city, and a sightseeing cruise. Make the most of the guided tours, museums, landmarks, and other iconic sites, like Sagrada Familia, Casa Battló, and Park Guell, with this pass.

What is the La Pedrera’s refund policy?

This attraction in Barcelona has a flexible cancellation policy. You can cancel your ticket up to 24 hours before your visit for a full refund.

How can we reschedule the attraction’s ticket?

The attraction does not allow you to change the date and time of your visit under any circumstances.

What is Casa Mila’s rain policy?

In the event of rain, the roof terrace will be closed for safety reasons.

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 the attraction, Gaudi attached large stone slabs to the facade, where the stonemasons 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 facts.

However, Gaudi fans attach his name at the end and call it either Casa Mila Gaudi or La Pedrera Gaudi.

Opening hours

Casa Mila opens at 9 am every day of the year.

From March to 3 November, it closes at 8.30 pm; 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.

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, the 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 all through the week.

The 3 Houses of Gaudi is a super saver pass, including 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.

What to expect

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 before and even locals agree 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 that attracts more than a million visitors every year.

2. Once the attraction was built, the neighbors found the building so tasteless and they stopped talking to the owners!

They thought the ugly-looking building would lower their property prices. Wouldn’t you like 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 the attraction will take you around 3 hours. We think a €24 ticket for 3 hours of Gaudi’s work is worth it.

6. The 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. It’s totally worth it!

7. This was the last house Antoni Gaudi built before focusing exclusively on Sagrada Familia.

8. More than 15 movies, such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Rastros de sándalo (2014), The Passenger (1975), Biotaxia (1968), etc., have used this building in Barcelona as a backdrop. 

Next time you see it in a movie, the bragging rights will be worth it.

Important: The cheapest and most popular entry ticket at this Barcelona attraction is the daytime ‘Skip the Line’ Casa Mila ticket. To learn about the different types of tickets available, click here.

Best time to visit

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.

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.

The best spots to take photos 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 at night

Tourists visiting at night see the fascinating show ‘Gaudi’s Pedrera: The Origins.’

The night tour starts with an introduction to the building.

The Gaudi expert, who acts as your guide, then takes the tourists through Passeig de Gràcia, Carrer de Provença courtyards, and the Espai Gaudi (in the attic) roof-terrace.

Once they reach the roof, a light, laser, and sound show takes them through the origins of the attraction

The narration of the story 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 Badalot
Image: Lapedrera.com

Casa Mila day or night?

If time and money are not an issue, we recommend visiting the attraction both during the day and at night.

If you only have time for one of the tours, continue reading.

Advantages of Casa Mila by day

Casa Mila’s daytime tour tickets are cheaper than the night tour.

The day tour costs €24 for an adult, while visiting at night will put you back by €34 per person. 

If you buy the same tickets at the venue, you will pay €3 extra per person.

The day tour is a flexible option. You choose the time and date you want to visit and book the tickets.

However, the night tour starts after 7 pm (or 9 pm), depending on the season.

Since the day tour is self-guided, it can last as long as you like.

However, the 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 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, the night tour is led by a Gaudi expert who describes every aspect of the building.

Some tourists believe that the building is more beautiful at night because the scars of its 100-year existence are 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 happens 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

Architecture

La Pedrera has the main structure and the outer skin, or facade.

The stone facade doesn’t bear any load on 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.

With the flexibility to design what he wanted, Casa Mila Gaudi ended up being an asymmetrical building—a rarity.

Roof

Sagrada Familia from Casa Mila roof
The best time to be on La Pedrera’s roof is 5 pm when the sun throws different colors onto the sky. The colorful backdrop helps take amazing photographs. This is also the time to see the beautiful city of Barcelona from the rooftop – with the sun kissing every building. In the pic, you can see Sagrada Familia in the distance. Image: Circumnavigatorblog.com

Many tourists who have been to this Barcelona attraction believe that the highlight of Casa Mila is its roof.

The experience of climbing up impressive staircases, looking down into the ventilation shafts, and staring at the chimneys makes it a memorable trip.

The original colors and shapes that greet you on the roof add to the allure.

So much so that Pere Gimferrer, an award-winning Spanish poet, has called La Pedrera Casa Mila’s stepped roof ‘The Garden of Warriors’.

The different elements that make up the roof are –

  1. Six Skylights
  2. Six Staircase exits
  3. 28 chimneys in different groups
  4. 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.

The roof also offers excellent views of the city of Barcelona.

Chimneys

Casa Mila Chimney
Even though creamy tones dominate the chimneys, the tourists find them more colorful than the facade. Image: Hellojetlag.com

The Casa Mila chimneys on the roof deserve special mention, for they resemble 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 a structure could be functional and beautiful simultaneously, and the chimneys magnificently achieved it.

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.

You will be impressed by everything from the roof to the courtyard, the attic, and the museum within.

The Courtyard

The two separate buildings of Casa Mila intersect at this famous courtyard.

Instead of two buildings meeting, the design suggests two waves of water crashing into one another.

The constant curvy sight will surely put you in a trance.

The enchanting courtyard with floral motif murals can be described as the epitome of Catalan architecture.

The Attic

With as many as 270 parabolic arches supporting the roof above, the attic will surely wow you.

The attic, which was initially the laundry room, is now converted into a museum showcasing Gaudi’s life and art.

Many tourists compare this part of the building to the rib cage of a massive animal.

The Apartment

The main Apartment has two 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.

In addition to 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.

Gaudi Exhibition

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.

Exhibition Room

The Apartment where the Mila family stayed during Casa Mila’s heyday 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, changed much of the decor.

However, some of the sculpted columns and areas of ceiling designed by Gaudi still exist.

History

The history of Casa Mila La Pedrera starts with a wealthy couple buying a 2,000-square-meter property on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona.

The Mila family wanted to build a unique house that 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 the attraction in 1906.

The construction of this landmark building took six long years.

It 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.

How to reach

La Pedrera Casa Mila is in Passeig de Gràcia 92, a tourism hotbed with numerous attractions.

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 the “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 a 5-minute walk from the attraction.

You can also board bus routes 7, 16, 17, 22, 24, and V17 and get down at the Passeig de Gracia bus stop.

Sources

# Wikipedia.org
# Lapedrera.com
# Casabatllo.es
# Tripadvisor.com

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