Casa Mila was Antonio Gaudi’s last residential building before he decided to focus all his energy on Sagrada Familia.
In terms of popularity amongst the Gaudi fans, it comes fourth – right after Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Casa Batllo.
Gaudi built Casa Mila between 1906 and 1912, right in the centre of Barcelona.
Casa Mila, which is also known as La Pedrera, is visited by more than a million tourists every year.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Is it worth it?
4. Best time to visit
5. Avoid queue
6. Free entry
7. Ticket discounts
8. Buy tickets
9. Casa Mila at night
11. What’s inside?
12. Casa Mila or Casa Batllo?
Why is Casa Mila called La Pedrera?
Even though the house was named ‘Casa Mila’, after the Mila family, who owned it, with time it got a nickname from the locals.
While constructing the house, large stone slabs had been attached to the facade and then worked on by the stonemasons.
The facade, with the stone slabs and its irregular shape, reminded the locals of a quarry.
They gave the building a new nickname – ‘La Pedrera,’ which in Spanish means ‘the quarry’.
The nickname wasn’t a compliment to the building’s creativity.
It was, in fact, a derogatory reference to the ugliness of Gaudi’s masterpiece. 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.
Location of Casa Mila
La Pedrera Casa Mila is in Passeig de Gràcia 92 and can be accessed from all the central locations of the city.
This area is a tourism hotbed as numerous tourist attractions are scattered all over.
Casa Mila is in the district of Eixample, Barcelona.
How to reach Casa Mila
If you are travelling by the Barcelona City Tour “Hop On Hop Off” sightseeing bus, ask for “La Pedrera” bus stop.
If you plan to take the Metro to reach this Gaudi masterpiece, you must get onto the Green Line L3 or Blue Line L5.
Diagonal Metro station is the nearest station to Casa Mila.
Bus numbers 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17 can also take you to La Pedrera.
You must get down at Passeig de Gracia bus stop.
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Casa Mila from nearby attractions
If you are already at Casa Batllo, just cross the street, face the sea and walk for about 5 minutes.
700 meters (2300 feet) downhill walk on Passeig de Gracia will bring you to La Pedrera.
If you just finished visiting Sagrada Familia, a 20-minute walk can get you to Casa Mila.
Casa Mila is 1.4 Kms (0.85 Miles) from Sagrada Familia.
The next best way is to take a cab and travel the distance in ten minutes.
Park Guell is a bit far from Casa Mila.
The best way to reach this attraction from Park Guell is by taking a 30-minute ride on Bus Number 24.
Casa Mila hours
The opening time of Casa Mila is 9 am, every day.
However, its closing time keeps changing throughout the year.
Casa Mila hours for day tour
1 Mar to 3 Nov: 9 am to 8.30 pm
Last entry: 8 pm
4 Nov to 28 Feb: 9 am to 6.30 pm
Last entry: 6 pm
26 Dec to 3 Jan: 9 am to 8.30 pm
Last entry: 8 pm
The upper floors start closing 15 minutes before the closing time of the building.
Casa Mila timings for night tour
This is the timings for La Pedrera night-show called ‘The Origin’ –
1 Mar to 4 Nov: 9 pm to 11 pm
5 Nov to 28 Feb: 7 pm to 9 pm
26 Dec to 3 Jan: 9 pm to 11 pm
*All timings Monday to Sunday
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?”
“Is Casa Mila worth the 20+ Euros it costs to get in?”
The short answer is, “Yes, Casa Mila is totally worth it!”
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. When Casa Mila was built, it was considered so tasteless that the neighbours 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. When the house was inaugurated, cartoons making fun of Gaudi and his latest building were published.
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 22 Euros ticket for three hours of Gaudi’s work is totally worth it.
6. Your tickets also include access to two different Museum areas – the Espai Gaudí (the Gaudi Room) and the Pedrera Apartment (where you can see how wealthy 20th-century families lived). So totally worth it!
7. Casa Mila was the last house Antoni Gaudi built before he decided to focus exclusively on Sagrada Familia.
Don’t you want the bragging right of having seen his last residential creation?
8. Casa Mila in Barcelona has been used as a backdrop in more than 15 movies. To name a few: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Rastros de sándalo (2014), The Passenger (1975), Biotaxia (1968) etc.
Next time you see it in a movie, the bragging rights will be totally worth it.
Best time to visit Casa Mila
The daytime tours are more popular and attract a lot of crowds, throughout the year.
A maximum of 15 people are allowed inside at a time, thereby making it one of the most demanded tours of southern Europe.
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 the next best time to visit Casa Mila – 4 pm.
Best months to visit La Pedrera
The ideal month to visit Casa Mila is May to June or September to October.
During the summer and fall months, you can enjoy both the day and the night shows.
Best time to visit Casa Mila 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.
Best time to visit La Pedrera for a night tour
The night tour ‘The Origins’ is an entirely new experience for the tourists.
It is more of a show than a tour.
The best part of the night tour at Casa Mila is the 20 minutes of audio-visual on the terrace, and it will be a shame if this part of the tour got rained out.
Barcelona sees maximum rain during August, September, and October.
In December, January and February the minimum temperature in Barcelona range around 5 to 6 degrees Celsius (40 to 42 degree Fahrenheit).
During these months, book the Casa Mila night tour only if you can brave the cold.
How to avoid the queue at Casa Mila?
More than 3000 tourists visit La Pedrera Casa Mila every day.
This means more than 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.
The good news is, you can pre-book your tickets.
This is the only way to avoid waiting in lines at Casa Mila. Book tickets now
Not many tourists know about this option and thus end up wasting their precious vacation time.
Casa Mila free entry
If you go for a Barcelona Card, entry to Casa Mila becomes free.
There is no other way to enter Casa Mila for free.
However, if budget is your concern you can still give Casa Mila a shot – just walk up to Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, and gawk at Gaudi’s creation from the sidewalk.
You are sure to love the house’s undulating facade, lack of right angles, the chimneys shaped like soldiers etc.
Booking Casa Mila tickets online is cheaper than buying them at the venue. At the venue, you pay 3 Euros extra per ticket as Ticketing Window Surcharge. If you buy online tickets, you skip the line as well.
Casa Mila ticket discounts
If you plan to explore this Gaudi masterpiece, be aware of the discounts offered.
There is no harm in saving some Euros.
If you are travelling with kids, you are in luck for they qualify for some of the best discounts at Casa Mila.
Kids aged 0 to 6 years get a 100% discount and thus walk in for free.
Children aged 7 to 12 years qualify for a 50% discount over the listed ticket price.
The other tourists who qualify for ticket discounts at La Pedrera are:
1. Students with valid ID cards (25% discount)
2. People over the age of 65 (25% discount)
3. People who live in Catalonia (discount of 10 Euros)
4. People with disabilities (25% discount)
*Disable tourists need to carry along their disability certificate to avail these discounts.
Casa Mila tickets
When you buy Casa Mila tickets online, they are emailed to you immediately after purchase.
You don’t need to print them.
On the day of your visit, you can show your ticket on your smartphone and walk in.
1. ‘Early Morning’ Casa Mila tickets
This 39 Euros ticket is best suited for early birds because you are expected to be at Casa Mila by 8 am.
You get one hour to explore the roof, the attic, the Gaudi Museum, the courtyard of the house etc. before the regular crowd comes in.
These tickets are available only on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
2. Casa Mila ‘Day Tour’ tickets
This is the most popular ticket – the best seller.
Using this Casa Mila ticket, you can skip the queue and head straight into Gaudi’s masterpiece.
While booking this ticket, you have the flexibility of choosing your preferred time.
This Casa Mila ticket costs only 22 Euros and includes a free audio guide in the language of your choice.
3. Casa Mila ‘Night Show’ tickets
This is also known as Casa Mila’s ‘The Origin’s show.
The audio-visual tour uses lights, colours, and projections and takes you through the 100 years of Casa Mila’s history.
During the 20-minute show, every part of La Pedrera is highlighted and explained.
At the end of the show, you will get a cup of cava to bring you back to Earth.
This ticket costs 34 Euros per head.
Casa Mila at night
Yes, tourists do visit Casa Mila at night.
Some to see it from the sidewalk and some to experience the 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) and the Roof-terrace.
Once they reach the Casa Mila roof, a light, laser and sound show takes them through the origins of Casa Mila.
The story of Gaudi and Casa Mila is told through the 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?
Those of you who have the time and the money must try and visit Casa Mila both during the day and night.
If you only have time for one of the Casa Mila tours, continue reading.
Advantages of Casa Mila by day
1. The Casa Mila day tour is cheaper than the night tour.
For the day tour, the full adult ticket if bought online costs 22 Euros, while the Casa Mila at night tour costs 34 Euros.
If you buy the tickets at the venue, you will end up paying 3 Euros extra per ticket.
2. The Casa Mila day tour is a flexible option. You choose the time and date when you want to tour and book the tickets.
However, Casa Mila at night tour starts after 7 pm (or 9 pm) depending on the season.
3. Since the Casa Mila day tour is a self-guided tour, it can be as long as you want it to be.
However, the Casa Mila by night tour is of limited duration – around 60 minutes.
4. One of the items on the agenda which is extra on a day tour is ‘The Apartment.’ This Apartment displays bourgeois residents’ lifestyle in the early 20th century.
During your Casa Mila tour at night, you don’t get to explore this Apartment.
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Advantages of Casa Mila at night
1. There is no crowd. Depending on the season, the number of people for this tour will range from 10 to 30.
2. Unlike the day tour, the night tour of Casa Mila is hosted by a Gaudi Expert. You get a detailed description of every aspect of Casa Mila.
3. 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 own charm to the building.
4. The 20-minute long light, laser and sound show on the exists only at night.
Images, colours, and lights are projected on the various elements of the building’s roof to create a stunning narration.
5. Your tour ends with a glass of Cava, another name for Spanish champagne.
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Casa Mila architecture
La Pedrera is divided into the main structure and outer skin (or facade as it is called). 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.
The result: A beautiful, wavy facade which 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 amazing staircases, looking down into the ventilation shafts and the staring at the Chimneys make it a memorable trip.
The original colours and shapes which greet you on Casa Mila roof, add to the allure.
So much so the stepped roof of La Pedrera Casa Mila 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 –
1. Six Skylights
2. Six Staircase exits
3. 28 chimneys in different groups
4. 2 half-hidden vents to renew 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.
Check out the view from the roof of Casa Mila –
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 can be both functional and beautiful at the same time.
With Casa Mila chimneys, Gaudi achieved it successfully.
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.
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.
1. Courtyard at Casa Mila
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 on to 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.
2. Casa Mila’s Attic
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 travellers a glimpse into the life and art of Gaudi.
Many tourists compare this part of the building to the rib-case of a massive animal.
3. Apartment at Casa Mila
The main apartment has two separate parts.
The first part is an audio-visual presentation room and the second part is 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.
4. Gaudi Exhibition in La Pedrera
Casa Mila has an always-on Gaudi exhibition in the attic.
This is perhaps the only exhibition devoted to the ace architect Antonio Gaudi.
You can see videos, models, plans, objects and designs around all his bodies of work.
5. Exhibition Room inside Casa Mila
The apartment where the Mila family stayed during the hey-days of Casa Mila has been converted into the Exhibition Room.
This is the main floor of the house.
After Gaudi’s death, Roser Segimon Mila, the lady of the house, had changed much of the decor.
However, some of the sculpted columns and areas of ceiling designed by Gaudi still exist.
Casa Mila or Casa Batllo
Casa Mila and Casa Batllo are on the same street separated by only 700 meters (2300 feet).
Since both were built as residential properties, tourists end up wondering if one is better than the other. Or if they can skip one for the other.
The quick answer to the question “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.
The roof of Casa Mila makes for great photography.
The chimneys, ventilation shafts and staircases in imaginative colours and shapes have a functional and aesthetic appeal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Casa Mila and Casa Batllo tickets
Many tourists visit both Casa Mila and Casa Batllo on the same day. It helps that they are close to each other.
However, there are no combo tickets which give you access to both Casa Mila and Casa Batllo (and help you save money).
The only way to go about visiting both is by booking the tickets individually.
History of Casa Mila
The history of Casa Mila La Pedrera starts with a rich couple buying a 2,000 square meters property on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona.
The Mila family wanted to build a special house, which would stand out from the rest.
The couple saw Casa Batllo and 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.