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Casa Milà (La Pedrera) Visit Guide: Epic Facts & Tips (2024)


Casa Milà Barcelona is the last mansion Catalan wonder architect Antoni Gaudí designed before ultimately giving his life (quite literally) to the Sagrada Familia.

This modernist apartment block, also known as La Pedrera (Stone Quarry), gives new meaning to the phrase ‘chiselled out of stone’ – more than 1,000,000 tourists line up to visit Casa Mila every year.

With this Casa Mila guide, I hope to show you why.

Casa Milà (La Pedrera): The Quarry House in Barcelona

First things first: who designed Casà Mila?

This unconventional, modernist apartment block designed by master architect Antoni Gaudi was commissioned by the opulent industrialist Pere Milà in 1906.

I won’t delve into Gaudi’s mind too much, but this amazing video pretty much sums up his vision:

As you can see, this World Heritage Site has a unique, completely self-supported limestone façade and is a constant curve owing to Gaudi’s refusal to use straight lines.

It’s actually two different curved buildings structured around two courtyards. In fact, if you look at Casa Mila from aerial shots, you’ll see that it was designed in an asymmetrical eight shape.

See that jungle foliage reclaiming the concrete? That’s the vibrant, green Casa Mila ground floor.

⚠️  2024 Warning ⚠️: It’s strongly suggested to book your La Pedrera tickets in advance.

Sell outs are very common and lines on site can take 20-30 minutes.

Also: booking online is €3.00 cheaper per ticket – it’s just common sense.

In using the links above, you also get free-cancellation tickets to lock in your dates risk free.

All that said, Casa Milà is most famous for its rooftop terrace and its twisted, haunting chimneys called ‘The Garden of Warriors’ – which you may have seen in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but more on that later.

What to See at Casa Milà

casa mila rooftop chimneys

The Casa Milà Roof

There’s nothing like it! This is why most tourists buy Casa Mila tickets and put them at the top of their Barcelona itinerary.

The photo above doesn’t do it justice. My only advice is to get the cameras ready – going out onto the Casa Mila rooftop is like stepping into an alternate reality.

The highlight is the wavy floors crawling up the walls giving way to 28 chimneys that look like carnival masks, Darth Vader, and the Grim Reaper all in one.

From here, look down into the courtyard to see Gaudi’s constant curve vision – in some weird way, the curves make the Casa Mila building look like wobbling jello.

The view of the city (and Sagrada Familia) from the La Pedrera roof is spectacular.

casa mila la pedrera courtyard

The Casa Milà Courtyard

Though Casa Mila was built as two individual apartment blocks, it’s at the courtyards that the buildings intersect or almost blend into each other like two waves of water.

The Casa Mila interior is speckled with floral motif murals that are lit up perfectly by the day.

You’ll spend a lot of time looking up at the forms and taking pictures – aside from the roof, this is the most photographed place in the whole building.

Inside Casa Milà (The Apartment)

The fourth floor of La Pedrera is home to two different dwellings, one of which is an audiovisual presentation room covering the time period between Tragic Week (1909) and the World’s Fair (1929).

Then there’s the famous La Pedrera apartment where Pere Milà lived with his family.

The interior remains exactly how it was the day he moved in – this is a great window into upper-class life in the early part of the last century.

The bedrooms, living room, bathroom, kitchen, and even the children’s toys remain creepily intact, seemingly frozen in time.

Related: Casa Mila or Casa Batllo?

The Casa Milà Attic

The La Pedrera attic originally housed the building’s laundry room.

Tourists love Casa Mila for the 270 parabolic arches that support the roof terrace above. They give it a slight claustrophobic and catacomb-like feel. One reader described it as a walk inside an undulating whale skeleton.

The area is now home to the Espai Gaudi – a museum dedicated to the great architect. Here you’ll find plastic models of his other famous works, art, videos, and a great explanation/display of how Gaudi let Barcelona’s nature influence his work.

The Casa Mila attic is divided into seven different areas, with one dedicated entirely to La Pedrera.

the chimneys on the rooftop at casa mila la pedrera

How to Visit Casa Mila La Pedrera

Hourly visits to Casa Mila are capped. So if you show up expecting to buy Casa Mila tickets on-site, you’ll likely be forced into a later time slot than you envisioned.

There is also a €3.00 ticket window surcharge per visitor.

For this reason, buying Casa Mila tickets using Tiqets for the lowest prices is essential.

Let’s look at how to buy Casa Mila skip-the-line tickets.

Casa Milà Essential: Audio Guide + Skip the Line

Visiting La Pedrera includes a full English audio guide with each ticket purchase.

Tickets are staggered every 15 minutes (:00, 15, 30, and:45), and once inside Casa Mila, you’re allowed to stay as long as you want. But how long does Casa Mila take? In my experience, a typical visit takes 90 minutes.

La Pedrera Essential (+Audio Guide)Online Price
Senior (65+)€19.00
Youth (7 – 12)€12.50
Children (0 – 6)Free
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Looking to book group tickets for 10+ guests? You’ll need to do so using the La Pedrera group ticket form.

Also, keep in mind you can double the fun by getting a combo ticket for Casa Batllo and La Pedrera.

There are no additional charges for the tickets, and you can see them one after the other, since they are only a 5-minute walk apart 😉

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Every booking helps me get closer to doing this blog for a living, so thank you 🙏

Related: Is It Worth It Going Inside Casa Mila?

Casa Milà Guided Tour: The Unseen Pedrera

There’s great value here if you’re looking for a Casa Mila guided tour in English.

While guided tours for places like Sagrada Familia can cost up to €13.00 more, for an extra €3.00 (€28.00 per person) you can get a full guided tour of La Pedrera with:

  • Admission to Casa Mila Barcelona
  • 90-minute guided tour with a Barcelona architecture expert
  • Access to off-limit areas like the parking lot, back façade, and first-floor corridor.
  • Free rescheduling up to 24 hours before the tour

These small group Casa Mila tours are capped out at a maximum of 15 people.

This is a newly launched product for 2024, and by the looks of the La Pedrera guided tour reviews, it’s a real hit.

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Gaudi Super Combi 3-in-1

In 2024 the hottest new product online is the 3 Houses of Gaudi ticket package that allows you to skip the lines and see all three of Gaudi’s famous Barcelona mansions:

  • Casa Batlló 10D Experience with audio guide
  • Casa Milá (La Pedrera) with English audio guide.
  • Casa Vicens (open ticket).
  • Barcelona City audio guide app with 100+ points of interest/itineraries
  • Save money with a 10% discount on other attractions.
Three Houses of Gaudi PassPrice
Senior (65+)€74.00
Students (18-25)€69.00
Teens 13-17€77.00
Young people (11-12) €33.00
Kids (7-10)€15.00
Kids (0-6)Free

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Casa Milà Hours 2024

La Pedrera HoursHours
Monday to Sunday9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Night Visits7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
December 25thClosed
January 9th to 15thClosed

The closure of the upper floors at La Pedrera begins 15 minutes before scheduled closure times.

Tips for Visiting Casa Milà Barcelona

  • Buy Casa Mila tickets online to avoid long lines at ticket windows.
  • Leave around 1.5 hours for the tour of the interior + roof.
  • Go between 9:00 am and 10:00 am and after 4:30 pm for the smallest crowds.
  • Book your Casa Batllo tour for around the same time (they’re 5 minutes walking apart).
  • Little information is provided, so I recommend paying an extra €3.00 for the Casa Mila Guided Tour.
  • Wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be doing a lot of stairs.
  • There is an elevator to the Casa Mila roof for those with mobility issues.
  • If the elevator has no line, start by taking it to the top and working your way down.
  • Visiting after 5:00 pm has better photography light and fewer crowds.
  • You can get 10% off Casa Mila tickets with the Bus Turistic.
  • Check the Barcelona weather forecast before booking – the rooftop is closed when it rains.

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Casa Mila Facts

Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, is a marvel of modernist architecture with several intriguing facts:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Casa Mila building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its exceptional universal value and contribution to the cultural heritage of humanity.
  • Innovative Structure: It was one of the first buildings in Barcelona to use a steel structure, allowing for an open floor plan and the creation of unique, undulating facades.
  • No Straight Lines: Following Gaudí’s belief that there are no straight lines in nature, Casa Mila features a facade and interior spaces devoid of straight lines, creating a wave-like appearance.
  • The Rooftop: Casa Mila’s rooftop is famous for its surreal chimneys and ventilation towers, which are designed to resemble medieval knights. This space offers breathtaking views of Barcelona.
  • Hidden Symbolism: The building is rich in religious and natural symbolism, reflecting Gaudí’s deep spirituality and his inspiration from elements of the natural world.
  • A Controversial Masterpiece: At the time of its construction, Casa Mila faced criticism for its unconventional design and exceeded budget, leading to conflicts between Gaudí and the Milà family.
  • A Cultural Venue: Today, Casa Mila serves not only as a museum showcasing Gaudí’s work but also as a venue for cultural events, exhibitions, and educational workshops, continuing its legacy as a center of artistic and cultural activity.
visitors watching projections on the rooftop of la pedrera in barcelona spain

Casa Mila History

  • 1906-1912: Construction of La Pedrera (Casa Mila) by Antoni Gaudí for Pere Milà and his wife Roser Segimon.
  • 1920s-1980s: Various modifications and uses, including residential apartments, offices, and the location for different businesses.
  • 1984: La Pedrera is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and artistic significance.
  • 1986: Acquired by Caixa Catalunya, a savings bank, which initiated a comprehensive restoration project.
  • 1996: The roof, attic, and one apartment were opened to the public as part of the Espai Gaudí museum, showcasing Gaudí’s work and innovations.
  • 2000s: Further restorations to preserve its facade and interior, making it a prime example of Gaudí’s architectural genius.
  • Today: Casa Mila serves as a cultural center hosting exhibitions, events, and is one of Barcelona’s most visited tourist attractions.

Casa Mila Building FAQ

  • What is Casa Mila Barcelona?

    Casa Mila Barcelona, also known as La Pedrera, is a unique modernist building designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, celebrated for its undulating stone facade and wrought iron decorations.

  • When was Casa Mila built?

    Casa Mila was constructed between 1906 and 1912.

  • Do you need tickets for Casa Mila?

    Yes, you need tickets for Casa Mila if you’d like to see it from the inside – tickets provide access to its exhibitions, the roof terrace, and the iconic courtyards.

  • Where is La Pedrera?

    La Pedrera is located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, easily recognizable by its distinctive, organic architecture.

  • Does anyone live in Casa Mila?

    While Casa Mila was initially designed as a residential building, today, only a few apartments are occupied by tenants, with most of the building serving as a museum and cultural space.

  • What is Casa Mila used for?

    Currently, Casa Mila is used for multiple purposes: it houses a cultural center for exhibitions and events, offers tours to the public, and contains a few private residences

  • Who designed Casa Mila?

    Casa Mila was designed by Antoni Gaudí, the renowned Catalan architect, showcasing his signature style that blends natural forms with architectural innovation.

Visiting Casa Milà La Pedrera?

I’ve covered as much as I can about La Pedrera Barcelona – in my opinion one of the most fantastic apartment blocks in the entire world.

Something still not clear? Feel free to fire over your Casa Mila building questions in the comments below!

Enjoy your visit to Casa Mila 📸

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:35 pm
    Christine Potes
    Thank you. And I apologize for my error and hasty post. Please feel free to delete it as I cant figure out how to do on my end.
    • September 8, 2019 at 11:06 am
      Team Member
      No worries Christine... I can certainly understand the immediate kind of panic :) Hope you got to see Casa Mila!
  • May 22, 2019 at 1:05 pm
    Hi Ash, My husband and I will be in Barcelona in October for three days to celebrate our anniversary. I was considering doing Casa Mila at night since we have so many things that we would like to see during the day. Would we be missing out on the Casa Mila experience if we did the night tour? If you had to choose to see Casa Mila during the day or night which one would you choose? Thank you so much for this website! It has truly helped me plan our upcoming trip!
    • May 23, 2019 at 8:41 am
      Team Member
      Hi Liz, Thanks so much for the kind words :) First of all I just wanted to confirm... are you referring to the Night Experience tickets? Or just a regular evening visit? I am going to assume you're referring to the former, and in this case honestly I don't see any fault in seeing it at night... you'll still get all the regular tour and education of the building, except the terrace will be lit up brilliantly. You also get the benefit of smaller crowds. I wouldn't hesitate to book it for the evening, and in fact I enjoyed my Night Experience more than the regular one :) Ash
  • April 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm
    Carol Oakley
    Hi Ash I will in Barcelona this Easter weekend with my 10 year son for 3 days. Can you recommend any reasonably priced good tapas and pizza restaurants near Camp Nou, Park Guell and The Aquarium. The reviews for some which are listed on a well known site say they are either touristy, busy or the tapas isn't good. Many thanks Carol
    • April 18, 2019 at 9:07 am
      Team Member
      Hi Carol Near Camp Nou I love the pizza/italian spot called De Angelis and near Park Guell my favourite tapas places is Bar Delicias. Near the aquarium you won't find much as far as restaurants but if you walk up into the Gothic Quarter (about 15-20 minutes) there's the amazing Sports Bar for pizza or Tasca El Corral and Sensi for tapas. Ash
  • March 12, 2019 at 7:50 pm
    How far in advance should tickets be purchased when arriving in early April? Would 1 or 2 days be sufficient to get a late afternoon or early morning slot or the night show? What time frame do you suggest?
    • March 13, 2019 at 11:31 am
      Team Member
      Hi Becky, We're slowly creeping into high season so if you have a very specific time slot in mind I would make sure to buy ASAP... you could make the argument that usually early morning isn't as busy and has less urgency, but if you're going to visit anyway I don't see the point in waiting and assuming this risk :) Ash
      • April 18, 2019 at 11:28 am
        Carol Oakley
        Thank you so much Ash. You are a star! Much appreciated Carol
        • April 18, 2019 at 1:48 pm
          Team Member
          You're welcome! :)
  • February 17, 2019 at 3:23 am
    Hi Ash This website is very helpful! However, I have a few questions. My husband is legally blind & uses a cane. Can he get a disabled discount for Casa Milà? Will I be able to get a companion discount? Where do I buy the disabled ticket? Thank you, JML
    • February 18, 2019 at 10:41 am
      Team Member
      Hi Juliette, Disabled discounts are only redeemed on site and are assigned on a percentage basis which really can be quite confusing. I would double check with the attraction itself about your husband's case... they actually have an email address specifically for these purposes: [email protected] Please let me know how you get on :) Ash
      • February 18, 2019 at 12:48 pm
        Hi Ash Thank you for your helpful answers. Can you remove my name from the website? Thank you
        • February 19, 2019 at 10:05 am
          Team Member
          No problem! Done :)
      • February 18, 2019 at 12:45 pm
        Thank you.
  • October 4, 2018 at 3:45 pm
    Hi Ash, I rather liked the look of the Awakening tour option, but I can see there is no discount on this as it can only be purchased through the official site. Am i right in thinking that there is no 'human' guide with this early morning package, either? Although it does look like you see more of the building itself. Help! I cannot decide!
    • October 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Hannah, Apologies for not being clear before but the Awakening is actually a guided tour with a human, I should have been more clear and will write this now. Unfortunately the only way to book is via the oficial channels so there's no cheaper way :( Ash
  • July 11, 2018 at 9:11 pm
    I'm planning on bringing my pre-teen and teen daughters with me to Barcelona in late August for 10 days. Your site is so helpful! We'd love to see La Pedrera at night with the dinner & Origins light show a few days into our trip. I plan on buying the Pass (thanks to your incredibly helpful information) and seeing Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia fairly immediately. I'm still a little confused about the Pass. We can use the pass to get a shuttle from the airport and schedule our visits to Park Guell and Sagrada Familia (No line, just show up on the time we've scheduled). And we get a 20% discount that we can use to the other museums. How soon can I use the 20% discount? I'd like to buy my tickets to La Pedrera's night before it sells out. We may even get tickets to a Sunday afternoon at Casa Battlo. Should I order my pass now and then immediately the 20% discount online? Or do I have to wait?
    • July 12, 2018 at 9:45 am
      Team Member
      Hi Veronica, Yes, the pass includes the super convenient (not to mention best option) airport transport the Aerobus. And I can tell you you're correct about all your other assumptions. Since it's high season my recommendation is you get the pass ASAP. Once you've ordered it you'll typically receive your tickets and the 20% discount vouchers via email within 24 hours. At this point you can start booking all your attractions, including La Pedrera Night etc. Again, it's high season so best to do it ASAP as time slots for Sagrada and Park Guell often sell out. Ash
      • February 15, 2019 at 6:50 am
        Hi Ash, I have just taken the advice to book ASAP but it has not worked!!! I purchased the Barcelona City Pass on 13 February, 2019 for my trip beginning 18th June, 2019 only to be told I would receive THE PASS 30 days before I am due to arrive. NOT GOOD I asked them why and they said the Sagrada and Park Guell are not open to take bookings earlier than the 30 days. No one mentioned this. So I asked them how do I use the 20% to purchase La Pedera, Batllo etc., and they gave me a code and said I could do it through their site. I am now wondering if I will get my ticket at all, I looked at the reviews about TICKERBAR and some of them were not good. I am not inclined to give them more money for tickets when I haven't received the Barcelona City Pass I have already paid for. so where does all this sit with get in early....? regards from Diane in Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia.
        • February 15, 2019 at 10:39 am
          Team Member
          I thoroughly understand how you feel that it wasn't explained about the dates... and so I am going to update the FAQ on the page to reflect this. If you need any more help please let me know. If for example you don't get your tickets ASAP in May please let me know and I'll send a message to my contact at Ticketbar and speed it up for you. But again, not to worry as all will be fine :)
        • February 15, 2019 at 10:37 am
          Team Member
          Hi Diane, Keep in mind this is standard operating procedure for the attractions regardless of the affiliation with any brokers and ticket packages. Booking specific times for June in mid February isn't permitted by Sagrada nor Park Guell. In this case Ticketbar is simply handcuffed by the policies of the attractions themselves. It can be unnerving to know that you won't receive the tickets until 30 days before your arrival but I can assure you that I have been working with this company and promoting this package for 3 years now and have not once heard of a customer not receiving their tickets. I would not hesitate one bit in using your 20% discount voucher. Ash
  • July 4, 2018 at 4:24 am
    Thanks for a very informative blog, Ash! My wife and I are considering an Night Jazz + Origins combo but are also interested in seeing the Apartment, which apparently is not included in the night tour and hence neither in the Origins. Is my understanding correct? Is there any way to include it somehow without paying up even more? Also, we're a bit confused about the jazz show taking place on the roof terrace 8:45 to 10 while the same roof is used for the Origins projections every 30 min starting from 9? Would one interfere with the other? Finally, do you know any discount options for the above premium packages? Thanks once again!
    • July 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm
      Team Member
      Hi again Kostya, They just told me there is no triple combination ticket. So it's either the Jazz + Origins show, or the Origins + visit to the house itself (can add the visit in the checkout basket thing on the site) but nothing more. Apologies if it isn't quite what you're looking for. Ash
      • July 6, 2018 at 12:52 am
        Thanks again, Ash! So either Jazz or Origins include the visit but both together don't-- that's very strange. Did you have a chance to find out how they accommodate the two shows happening on the same roof?
        • July 6, 2018 at 8:55 am
          Team Member
          Hi Kostya, It appears the two shows are staggered so they don't overlap... no worries about missing one for the other! Or the chaos of them happening concurrently :) Ash
    • July 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm
      Team Member
      Hello Kostya, Thanks so much for the compliments! To be honest all of this isn't so clear to me either and so I've sent an email to my contact at La Pedrera. As soon as they respond I'll let you know. Unfortunately these packages are only through the official site so there are no discounts :( Will be in touch soon! Ash
  • May 21, 2018 at 1:48 pm
    just looking at booking - probably booked by the time you read this - tickets for a group of 6 for origins night show at La Pedrera. First early night session is 20:20. Questions are: can we show up a little earlier or exactly at the designated time slot? can we stay longer? Are we missing much by not visiting during the day? Appreciate your reply Regards - Peter
    • May 22, 2018 at 8:56 am
      Team Member
      Hi Peter, To my knowledge you have to enter right at the designated time and that you'll sort of have to filter out through the wine and food bit in the courtyard. I will try and found out for sure though by contacting them, any new info I will write you ASAP! Thanks :) Ash
  • March 9, 2018 at 4:46 am
    Robyn Clavin
    Hi Ash, It's Robyn again for another piece of advice. As we only have one day in Barcelona ( I know not enough ) but we are on a cruise. We have booked The Bus and Sagrada Famila and are now debating between Casa Mila and Casa Batllo they both look beautiful, but we can only see one to do it justice, any suggestions. Cheers Robyn
    • March 9, 2018 at 11:53 am
      Team Member
      Hello again Robyn, nice to hear from you :) That's a very tough one. Personally I was more impressed by Casa Batllo and that's probably because the advanced video guide they give has a really great insight into Gaudi's madness and the nature inspired symbolism is more visceral. The inner stairwell is more impressive than anything at Mila (even though the terrace is tough to beat) and for me the facade is much better due to the trencadis and the light play it offers. My two cents! Ash
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