Update 20/06/21: La Pedrera is back! Currently they are operating on a restricted timetable from Thursday to Sunday (9:00 am to 6:30 pm). For COVID safety the building has reduced capacity so it’s essential to book tickets online in advance (links below).
Future Barcelona visitor, what’s the fourth best thing you’ve ever done?
For Antoni Gaudi his fourth most-visited site in Barcelona is still a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It might not get the postcard time of sexier tourist choices like La Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo but don’t tell that to the nearly one million visitors who bought Casa Milà tickets last year.
With a 4.5 star rating over 13,000 reviews on Tripadvisor you should consider it an essential part of any well-planned Barcelona itinerary. And that’s why you’re here.
Today we’re going to learn how to get our Casa Milà tickets online and visit like a pro.
Already keen to get started? Buy your tickets clicking the blue button below:
This unconventional, modernist apartment block designed by master architect Antoni Gaudi was commissioned by the opulent industrialist Pere Milà in 1906.
It’s commonly known as La Pedrera (‘stone quarry’) and the names are used interchangeably.
The building 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 light-giving courtyards. If you look at it from aerial shots you’ll see that it’s an asymmetrical 8 shape.
Casa Milà is most famous for its rooftop terrace and its twisted, haunting chimneys called ‘The Garden of Warriors’ – you may have seen it in famous films like Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Passenger.
What to See at Casa Milà
There’s nothing like it! The photo above doesn’t do it justice. My only advice is to get the cameras ready – it’s 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 building look like wobbling jello.
The view of the city from the La Pedrera roof is spectacular.
Though 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 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.
The attic originally housed the building’s laundry room.
Tourists love it 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 to the great architect. Here you’ll find plastic models of his other famous works, art work, videos, and a great explanation/display of how Gaudi let nature influence his work.
The space is divided into seven different areas with one dedicated entirely to La Pedrera.
The fourth floor of the building is home to two different dwellings, one of which is an audiovisual presentation room covering time period between the Tragic Week (1909) and the World’s Fair (1929).
Then there’s famous La Pedrera apartment where Pere Milà lived with his family. The interior remains exactly the way it was the day he moved in – this is a great window into upper-class life (yes, that stove in the photo is upper class!) in the early part of last century.
The bedrooms, living room, bathroom, kitchen, and even the children’s toys remain creepily in tact, frozen in time.
Where to Buy Casa Milà Tickets
Hourly visits are capped so if you show up without tickets expecting to buy on site it’s likely you’ll be forced into a later time slot than your original plans.
There is also a €3.00 ticket window surcharge per visitor.
This is why I suggest buying online to save money and ensure you skip the lines.
Where to Buy Casa Mila Tickets Online?
I recommend going with online ticket giant Tiqets.
Here you get the lowest prices.
At the same time (at no extra cost to you) I earn a small commission to cover the expenses and time I put in… if you’d like to help the blog please reserve using the blue button below.
Summer 2021: Friday to Sunday from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
The entrances to the Casa Mila Night Tour are organized in 20 minute intervals and you can check using the button above – due to limited slots the times in summer 2021 are already nearly sold out so do act fast.
La Pedrera Exclusive Morning Tour
Update 20/06/21: the morning tour has not yet resumed for 2021. Please keep your eyes peeled here for information as it becomes available.
If you’re a morning person who’s not a fan of crowds this one is for you.
This summer you’ll be able to visit La Pedrera before it opens to the public. This super-intimate 90 minute guidedtour in English takes you to the courtyard, the attic, the apartment, and the roof terrace.
The Awakening also includes access to restricted areas which aren’t included in the regular visit.
With a tour group maximum of 15 people this is the only way you’ll get people-free photos of the building.
All tours include a coffee or drink from Casa Milà’s bar.
La Pedrera Exclusive Hours
Jan – Apr: 2021 TBA
May – Jun: 2021 TBA
July – Oct: 2021 TBA
The guides provide a ton of information you won’t get anywhere else
You’ll have the place almost to yourself
You can stay as long as you want after the tour
Photographers get some of the best light of the day
Tickets and Prices
The cost of Casa Milà morning tour tickets last year were as follows:
Check the weather forecast before booking – the rooftop is closed when it rains.
Restaurants Near Casa Milà
If you’re starving after all those stairs there are a couple great restaurants near La Pedrera.
For great traditional Catalan food hit either Bodega Joan (Carrer Rosselló 164) or Can Punyetes (Carrer Francisco Giner 8-10). Both offer all the classic tapas dishes like tortilla de patatas, pan con tomate, paella, and more.
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Those looking to spoil themselves should look at El Nacional – this high-end culinary space is home to 4 restaurants (meat, fish, tapas, and deli/pastry) and four bars (beer, wine, cocktail, oyster) each featuring different facets of the Iberian Peninsula.
Casa Milà FAQ
How do I skip the lines at entrance?
The only way to skip the lines at La Pedrera is to buy your tickets in advance online using the links above.
What happens if I don’t book online?
You’ll be forced to line up at ticket booths. These lines can push 60-90 minutes at peak times and 15-20 minutes off-peak.
What happens if I arrive late?
If you’re just a few minutes late it won’t be a problem (there is no official courtesy limit) but if you know you’re going to be quite late it’s always better to inform Casa Mila writing them at email@example.com or calling 932 142 576 ASAP.
Otherwise you’ll risk losing your ticket.
If I have a Casa Milà discount code can I redeem it online?
No. Discount vouchers can only be redeemed at ticket windows.
How do I get Casa Milà discount codes online?
The only way to save on ticket prices is buying it in conjunction with another Barcelona discount pass. In this case I highly recommend the Online City Pass as it lets you save 20% on La Pedrera plus about 60 other top attractions.
All the booking is done online and you can skip lines.
Is the audio guide really free and does it include other languages?
Yes, there are no hidden costs here. The audio guide is also available in Spanish, Catalan, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
How do I book a group visit?
For groups of 10 or more you’ll need to book in advance via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 902 202 138 (9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday).
Can I get a student discount if I’m attending school outside of Spain?
Yes, all international student IDs are accepted. You must present the ID at ticket booths after having booked the ticket in advance online.
Are disabled visitors entitled to a discount and how can it be redeemed?
Yes. Visitors with a 33% disability can get discounted La Pedrera tickets for €16.50 while those with a 65%+ disability can enter free of charge.
You’ll be required to show relevant accreditation at ticket windows.
Can disabled visitors get the full experience?
Yes and no. The public parts of the house itself are fully adapted for disabled visitors though the roof terrace unfortunately is not due to the uneven terrain.
Disabled/limited mobility visitors can still enjoy the view from the roof though as there is a platform right outside the lift.
I booked but haven’t received my tickets, what now?
Make sure you check your email spam folder to ensure it hasn’t been marked as spam. If you still can find the confirmation then get in touch with Tiqets at email@example.com
What if I can’t print the tickets?
If you can’t print the tickets you can show the qr code using your smart phone.
Is there a time limit to my visit?
No. You’re free to stay all day if you like but the average tour should take about 90 minutes.
What is the refund/cancellation policy?
Unfortunately refunds or cancellations are not accepted in accordance with the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation.
Is there a dress code?
No, but use common sense and don’t come in shirtless/barefoot like you’ve just come in off the beach!
Can I leave my stroller/pram or suitcase/trolley at Casa Mila?
Yes, there is a specific place for you to do this.
Can I smoke, eat, or bring animals?
No. Smoking, eating, and bringing animals are all forbidden at La Pedrera except in the case of guide dogs.
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