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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
Free Cancellation + No Money Down

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

You can buy your 3 Houses of Gaudí tickets online by clicking the button below:

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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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  • March 7, 2018 at 1:53 am
    Robyn Clavin
    Could you tell me when booking online for La Sagrada Familia and given a 9am---11am time slot does that mean you can enter any time between that time slot or must enter at 9am ? Regards Robyn
    • March 7, 2018 at 12:55 pm
      Team Member
      Hello Robyn, Assuming you're talking about Ticketbar, this simply means that they have X amount of tickets allocated for this timeframe.... once you've purchased they will automatically send you the earliest available timeslot (for example 9:45) in the timeframe (9:00-10:45). There is one timeslot every 15 minutes. Keep in mind this has nothing to do with the amount of time you can spend at Sagrada - stay as long as you want! You should have received an email from Ticketbar confirming your timeslot with 20 minutes of purchase... have you? Ash
  • December 1, 2017 at 10:34 pm
    Carlos Lorenzo
    Nice tips in general. I am not a tourist but a fellow blogger from Barcelona. I think your site is helpful and has a great design. A pleasure to be around.
    • December 2, 2017 at 12:53 am
      Team Member
      Thanks Carlos :) what's the name of your blog?
      • December 2, 2017 at 11:16 am
        Carlos Lorenzo
        My blog is Barcelona Photoblog Thanks for asking Ash!
        • December 2, 2017 at 8:19 pm
          Team Member
          Hi Carlos, Thanks for sharing, it looks like you've got a very nice photo-oriented blog :) Ash
  • May 10, 2017 at 11:25 am
    Do you recommend going to Casa Mila or Casa Battlo (inside) ? because me and my friends are in a budget so we can afford visit both of them Thank you in advance
    • May 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Mary, Thanks a lot for writing Both are extraordinary from the outside yet hard to fully appreciate unless you see them from the inside. If you're on a budget and have to see just one then I'd say the Sagrada Familia. The light play with the stained glass and ridiculous detail of everything means you'll spend more time there, more bang for your buck if you will. There's also a cool museum on its design and construction which adds more value. As for Casa Batllo I'd say a greater percentage of it can be appreciated for free by standing in the street... plus, this is Barcelona! There's always a next time Let me know how you get on, Ash
      • May 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm
        Between Casa Batllo and Casa Mila which would you recommend best ?
        • May 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm
          Team Member
          Hi Mary, Sorry I misread your post before - after a few other posts this morning I must have Sagrada Familia on the mind Anyway, again I have to say you can appreciate more of Casa Batllo from the outside. With Casa Mila you won't be able to get the full effect without going to the legendary roof terrace. You can barely even see if from the street below. There is also more to see in Casa Mila since it is essentially two buildings, plus you get the mini Gaudì museum. If I had to pick just one it'd be Casa Mila. Ash
  • April 5, 2017 at 9:04 pm
    Would you recommend touring the Casa Mila during the day, or during the night for a first time experience?
    • April 11, 2017 at 1:13 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Jen, Thanks for writing and apologies for getting back so slowly - for Casa Mila both options are great for first timers, it's just a matter of what kind of vibe you're looking for. The audioguide (day) has a lot of info but like by can be quite dull and doesn't compare to an on hand expert who can answer any question. The night tour is just a lot more energetic, there's wine, and the show speaks for itself. If you're looking for a very basic tour of a building you're quite interested in I'd go during the day, but if Casa Mila for you is something you've always wanted to experience and you want to make an unforgettable night out of it I'd go on the night tour. You may want to ask yourself... is a flesh and blood guide + the light show + the glass of wine worth an extra 12 euro? For some people no, for some people yes.... for me yes :) OK! Let me know if you have any more questions, I am always here to help :) Ash
  • March 11, 2017 at 9:39 pm
    Do tickets for Origins need to be purchased far in advance? Obviously, would prefer to see what the weather looks like before booking if possible.
    • March 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Bryan, It is highly recommended to buy in advance since there are only groups of 5-10 - personally I wouldn't want to risk missing out. The good news is that especially between March-Oct the odds of the rooftop projections being cancelled due to bad weather are very slim. In fact I've yet to hear of one. Let me know if you have any more questions, always here to help :) Ash
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