Casa Mila: Tours & Tickets
5 architectural facts about the Casa Milà
Designed for the wealthy businessman Pere Milà, Antoni Gaudí's modernist oddity in the center of Barcelona has become one of the city's most famous buildings. Rich with phantasmagorical features to explore, here are five interesting tidbits to start your tour!
1. Its nickname means "The Quarry"
Casa Milà's nickname – La Pedrera – arose from its similarity to a single limestone precipice. A controversial building in its time, the term wasn't always used so affectionately!
2. It was intended to be religiously symbolic
The design was heavily inspired by Gaudí's Catholic faith. He almost walked off the project when a planned statuary of the Virgin Mary was blocked by local building codes!
3. Visitors can see the Sagrada Família from the roof
The rooftop terrace offers spectacular views over Barcelona and Gaudí's famous as-yet-unfinished Sagrada Familia. In summer, an open-air bar provides drinks and live music too!
4. Even the air-conditioning is worth seeing!
The roof terrace offers plenty more to quell your curiosity than the views alone. The Medieval knights among its surreal sculptures keep cool air flowing through the building.
5. Elevator access is limited for the best reason
Gaudí wanted the building's residents to know each other. Elevators serve just every second floor, encouraging friendly encounters in the stairwells and landing!
Planning Your Visit
When to visit?
Casa Milà's opening times are 9:00AM to 8:00PM daily from March 1st to November 3rd, and 9:00AM to 6.30PM the rest of the year (closed December 25th and January 13th to 19th). La Predrera is also worth seeing at night, though. The rooftop bar is open until midnight throughout the summer months, and there are also occasional nighttime tours and exhibitions worth keeping an eye out for.
Book tickets in advance to beat the queues, especially during peak season. Standard tickets cost upwards of €20 (audio guide included), with some special exhibitions costing more. Note that concessions are incredibly generous so bring anything that might qualify you! Children under six can go for free.
How to get there?
Casa Milà can be accessed by buses 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17, or by taking the Metro lines 3 or 5 to the station Diagonal.
Good to know
- When should I visit?
- March 1st to November 3rd, 9:00AM to 8:00PM, 9:00AM to 6:30PM the rest of the year.
- Is it expensive?
- Ticket prices start at €20, audio guide included.
- Will I need a guide?
- La Pedrera offers group tours in several languages, or check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get there
- Take the 7, 16, 17, 22, 24 or V17 bus or Metro line 3 or 5 to the Diagonal station.
- Additional information
- Tickets can be printed in advance or validated on your smartphone!
- Between 9:00AM and 10:00AM and after 4:00PM there are fewer crowds.
What people are saying about Casa Mila
This is a complete tour of Gaudí’s work in Barcelona: Sagrada Familia. Park Güell and Casa Battlo. We went from one location to the other in a bus. Park Guell is just so charming and definitely a must visit in Barcelona. It’s also a bonus to walk the street of Passeig de Gracia and see Casa Milà on our way to Casa Battlo.
Very nice visit which starts with a glass of Cava wine and a spectacular view of the city from the rooftop of this wonderful building designed by Gaudí. It was also very rewarding to learn from Pedrera foundation that all the profits would bem utilised to assist children's educativo.
Great tour. Easy to find meeting location. Our guide. Gloria, was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and organized. Everything was included. Great way to see the city if you have just one day.
A really unique, insightful way to experience and appreciate Gaudi’s genius. The rooftop was breathtaking and the show was dramatic and thought provoking.
Excellent place to visit, went with kids and they loved it too. Very well organised and audio guides were magnifying the experience