Your holiday in Barcelona can’t be complete without seeing La Pedrera.
La Pedrera is Antoni Gaudi’s modernist masterpiece built between 1906-12, which attracts more than a million visitors every year.
Regarded as one of the major tourist attractions of the city La Pedrera is a standing example of organic architecture. Starting from the stone slab facades to the stunning interior this building will wow you from the word go.
About La Pedrera
The irregular design of La Pedrera’s exterior is well complemented by the stunning interiors. The roof is a must-visit. Check out La Pedrera’s interiors and top views in photos
With 28 chimneys and wavy floors, you are destined to have an experience of the lifetime. The constant curvy sight is sure to put you in a state of trance and the enchanting courtyard with floral motif murals is the epitome of Catalan architecture.
The attic, which was originally the laundry room, is now converted into a museum. The museum allows the travelers a glimpse into the life and art of Antoni Gaudi.
La Pedrera was actually named Casa Mila after the Mila family who had requested Gaudi to build a house for them. During the construction itself, the locals started hating its design. They all thought it looked like a ‘stone quarry’ and hence gave it the nickname ‘La Pedrera.’ With time, the nickname stuck.
In fact, the Mila family’s neighbors stopped talking to them because they thought the ugly Casa Mila will bring down their property prices. Read more interesting La Pedrera facts.
Note: Since La Pedrera and Casa Mila refer to the same building and have been used interchangeably in the article below.
La Pedrera opening time
Using the five types of La Pedrera tickets on sale you can either visit Casa Mila in the morning for the ‘The Awakening’ tour or in the night for ‘The Origins’ tour.
La Pedrera or Casa Mila as it is also known as is open to the public from Monday to Sunday.
The opening times for La Pedrera vary depending on the time of the year.
La Pedrera’s opening time for the day tour
Below is the detailed list of La Pedrera’s open timings for the day show:
From 15 Jan to 1 Mar: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6:30 pm
Last access: 6 pm
From 2 Mar to 4 Nov: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 8:30 pm
Last access: 8 pm
From 5 Nov to 24 Dec: Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6:30 pm
Last access: 6 pm
The upper floors start closing 15 minutes before the closing time of the building.
La Pedrera’s opening time for night tour
Here is the detailed list of open times for La Pedrera night-show called ‘The Origin’ –
From 15 Jan to 1 Mar: Monday to Sunday, from 7 pm to 9 pm
From 2 Mar to 4 Nov: Monday to Sunday, starting at 9 pm
From 5 Nov to 24 Dec: Monday to Sunday, from 7 pm to 9 pm
From 26 Dec to 3 Jan: Monday to Sunday, from 9 pm to 11 pm
Note: La Pedrera remains closed for maintenance during the second week of January and on the Christmas Day.
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Best time to visit La Pedrera
The morning tours are more popular and attract a lot of crowds, throughout the year.
The 90 minutes’ morning tour of La Pedrera will take you through the attic, the roof, the courtyard, and of course the main apartment and museum.
The daytime tour also allows access to the restricted areas of the house.
A maximum of 15 people are allowed at a time, thereby making it one of the most demanded tours of southern Europe.
So, the best time to visit La Pedrera 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 time to visit La Pedrera for photography
If you are an amateur or a professional photographer the best time to visit La Pedrera is in the later part of afternoon – around 3 pm.
La Pedrera’s facade is best photographed in the afternoon because of natural light. Once this is done, you can enter Casa Mila and take amazing photos of the interiors. 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, 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.
As the sun sets, step out of Casa Mila and stroll along Passeig de Gracia and Rambla de Cataluya. You will find many architectural marvels to photograph.
Best months to visit La Pedrera
The ideal month to visit Casa Mila will be May to June or September to October.
During the summer and fall months, you can enjoy both the day and the night shows without any major discomfort.
Best time to visit La Pedrera for a night tour
The night tour ‘The Origins’ is a completely 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. August, September, and October may not be the best months for a night tour of Casa Mila. It rains the maximum in Barcelona during these months. However, you can always keep track of the weather and book online tickets for La Pedrera at the last minute.
In the months of December, January and February the minimum temperature in Barcelona range around 5-6 degrees centigrade (with the average being 10 degrees centigrade). Venture out only if you can brave this cold.
Location of La Pedrera
La Pedrera is in Passeig de Gràcia 92 and has direct access from all the central locations of Barcelona. This area is a tourist hotbed as numerous Barcelona attractions are scattered all over.
La Pedrera / Casa Mila is in the district of Eixample, Barcelona.
How to reach La Pedrera
If you are staying at a different part of the city then the nearest metro station to La Pedrera is Diagonal (Green Line L3 or Blue Line L5).
The railway station is Passeig de Gracia and the buses numbered 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17 can take you to La Pedrera.
If you are already at Casa Batllo, just cross the street and walk for about 5 minutes downhill on Passeig de Gracia, facing the sea and soon enough you will reach La Pedrera. Due to time and budget constraints some tourists consider seeing only one of these two – Casa Mila or Casa Batllo. Check out our analysis of Casa Mila or Casa Batllo.
If you just finished visiting Sagrada Familia a 20-minute walk can get you to Casa Mila, which is 1.4 Kms (0.85 Miles) away. The next best way is to take a cab and travel the distance in ten minutes.
Park Guell is a bit far from La Pedrera – a travel time of 30 minutes on bus number 24.
If you are in the Plaça Catalunya (also known as Plaza de Cataluna), a 20-minute downhill walk towards the sea can get you to Casa Mila.
If you are traveling by the Barcelona City Tour “hop on hop off” sightseeing bus, just ask for the “La Pedrera” bus stop and get down.
Places to eat near La Pedrera?
A trip to both Casa Mila and the adjoining Casa Batllo can be exhausting. Most tourists look for a place to eat the moment they get out of these Gaudi’s masterpieces.
That’s why a cafe called “El Cafe de La Pedrera” has been set up at La Pedrera itself.
It is an excellent place for trying out Spanish food even as you enjoy the unique heritage of Antoni Gaudí. However, like in every tourist attraction, this restaurant can be a bit expensive.
Worry not. Anticipating the demand, many good restaurants have set shop nearby on the Passeig de Gracia Avenue.
Bodega Joan and Can Punyetes can be your natural choice if you are looking to relish authentic Catalan cuisine.
To embrace the taste and flavor of real Barcelona you can always order some classic tapas dishes like tortilla de patatas, pan con tomate, paella etc.
Where to buy La Pedrera tickets?
The tickets to enter La Pedrera are available on the spot. However, to avoid the risk of not getting a ticket (as the tours only allow a restricted number of tourists) it is advisable that you buy them online.
Also since the hours windows are capped, showing up randomly will not ensure you a preferred slot. So, it advisable that you buy tickets online and choose your preferred slot.
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 of the attraction.
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4. Inside Casa Batllo – photos of the interior