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Explore Casa Milà (La Pedrera) in One Glorious Guide

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Update 13/03/20: La Pedrera is closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial closure is expected to last 15 days. For updates please check out my group I’m Off to Barcelona.

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.

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What is Casa Milà?

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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

The Roof

three chimneys on the casa mila roof

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.

The Courtyard

casa mila courtyard looking up

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

a model of la pedrera in the casa mila attic

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 Apartment

an old stove at the casa mila apartment

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 time slot 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 Ticketbar.

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.

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All you have to do is print out the voucher that they email you or show your reservation number/QR code on a smartphone to skip the lines VIP-style.

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Casa Milà Essential Ticket Prices

All prices below include a full English audio guide free of charge with each ticket purchase.

Note that there is a €3.00 ticket window surcharge so please ensure you buy your tickets online.

Prices 2020

Essential (+audioguide) Online On site
Adults €24.00 €27.00
Students + seniors (65+)*  €18.50 €21.50
Kids (7 – 12) €13.00 €16.00
Kids (0 – 10) Free Free
Disabled + companion** €18.50 €21.50

* Students: a valid student ID must be presented to get in.

** Disabled visitors: companions are only allowed in if the visitor has 65%+ disability.

Insider tip: you can save 20% off the above prices using the Barcelona City Pass.

All children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

La Pedrera Premium

If you’re not interested in reserving a specific time and want more flexibility you can buy yourself La Pedrera tickets with an open date – at a premium cost.

For €31.00 you’ll be able to enter at any point during the mansion’s opening hours. You also have the extreme benefit of getting an exclusive audio guide.

These tickets can be bought through Ticketbar using the button below:

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Gaudi Super Combi 3-in-1

In 2019 the hottest new product online for Gaudi lovers is the ticket package that allows you to skip the lines and see all three of Gaudi’s famous Barcelona mansions:

  • Casa Batlló with English video/augmented reality guide.
  • Casa Milá (La Pedrera) with English audio guide.
  • Casa Vicens (open ticket).

You can buy this package (with a €4.00 discount) by clicking the blue button below.

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La Pedrera Night Experience

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What was once a luxury for a chosen few has only recently become possible for the masses.

With a visit to the La Pedrera Night Experience you’ll experience the unforgettable Casa Milà in a different light – quite literally.

The Casa Milà night tour includes:

  • An amazing 20 minute audiovisual light display on the roof
  • A full tour of the interior and roof in English with a charming and informative guide
  • A presentation on the life of Gaudi
  • Projections in the courtyard and stairwells
  • A glass of top-quality cava (‘the Spanish champagne’)

The long list of advantages for touring La Pedrera at night are:

  • Much smaller crowds (groups vary from 5-10 to around 20-30 depending on the day)
  • An almost eerie, uncharacteristic nighttime silence
  • Your very own tour guide (most are architects or Gaudi historians)
  • The possibility of seeing live jazz music (seasonal)
  • The amazing light/laser/music show

Tickets and Prices

The cost of Casa Milà night tour tickets are as follows:

  • Adults: €34.00.
  • Children (7-12): €17.00.
  • Children (0-6): free.

Again, to ensure you get desired times and avoid lining up it’s recommended to book online in advance by clicking the button below:

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Casa Milà Night Tour Times

  • Low season: November 4 2018 – February 28 2019 from 19:00 to 21:00
  • High season: March 1 2019 – November 3 2019 from 21:00 to 23:00.
  • Christmas season: December 26 2019 – January 3 2020 from 21:00 to 23:00.

The entrances to the Casa Mila Night Tour are organized in 20 minute intervals and you can check using the button above.

La Pedrera Exclusive Morning Tour

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 guided tour 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: Thursday and Friday at 8:00
  • May – Jun: Wed-Sat at 8:00
  • July – Oct: Tues-Sat at 8:00

Advantages

  • 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:

  • Adults: €39.00.
  • Children (7-12): €19.50.
  • Children (0-6): free.
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Rooftop Jazz Nights at La Pedrera

Riding the wave of the Magic Nights music series on the rooftop of Casa Batllo we get La Pedrera’s offering: jazz music!

In 2019 the concerts ran every Saturday and Sunday from June 8th to September 18th. The evenings began at 8:15 pm with a visit to the Gaudi space. The concerts started at 8:45 and goes until 10:15.

Each ticket included a drink.

The 2020 version of this concert series will be announced in the early spring.

Tickets and Prices

  • Jazz concert (Gaudi space + museum): 35.00 
  • Jazz concert + night time visit: 47.00
  • Jazz concert + night tour “The Origins”: 60.00

Tickets are brought directly at the official La Pedrera website.

Casa Milà Hours 2020

Casa Milà opening hours vary but it’s open Monday to Sunday for your visiting convenience.

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

  • November 4 2019 to February 27 2020 from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm (last entry 6:00 pm). Night time visits from 7:00 until 9:00 pm.
  • February 28 2020 to November 1st 2020 from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm (last entry 8:00 pm). Night time visits from 9:00 until 11:00 pm.
  • December 26 to January 3 2020 from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm. Night time visits from 9:00 until 11:00 pm.
  • Closed January 13-19 2020 for maintenance.
  • Closed Christmas Day.

How to Get to Casa Milà Barcelona

You can find La Pedrera at Passeig de Gràcia 92 in the attraction-heavy Eixample district – a fantastic place to find a holiday apartment.

Expect no more than about 15 minutes transport or 30 minutes walking from most central areas.

The closest metro stop to La Pedrera is Diagonal (green line L3 or blue line L5).

RENFE Spanish railway: Passeig de Gracia.

Buses: 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17.

How to Get to Other Attractions from Casa Milà

  • Casa Batllò: Cross the street and walk 5 minutes downhill on Passeig de Gracia (towards the sea).
  • Sagrada Familia church: Take the blue line of the metro at Diagonal and get off at the Sagrada Familia stop. It’ll take about 15 minutes.
  • Park Güell: Take bus 24 right outside on Passeig de Gracia. It’ll take 30 minutes.
  • Plaça Catalunya and La Rambla: Walk about 20 minutes downhill in the direction of the sea, or take the green line of the metro from Diagonal to Plaça Catalunya.
  • Camp Nou: Take the green line of the metro at Diagonal and get off at Palau Reial. It’ll take about 30 minutes.

Casa Milà Hacks

  • Buy La Pedrera 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).
  • There is hardly any written information so make good use of the audio guide (included).
  • Wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be doing a lot of stairs.
  • There is an elevator to the roof for those with mobility issues.
  • If there’s no line for the elevator start by taking it to the top and working your way down.
  • Visiting after 5:00 pm has better photography light and less crowds.
  • You can get 10% off entrance with the Bus Touristic.
  • 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 info@lapedrera.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 grups@lapedrera.com 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 Ticketbar at urgent@ticketbar.eu.

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.

Hit Me Up in the Comments Below

I’ve shown you how to get fast lane access buying Casa Milà tickets in advance online and given you a bunch of tips but it doesn’t end there – if you have any questions about your Barcelona holiday I am here.

And ticket buyers – was the building worth the Tripadvisor billing in the end?

Also don’t be afraid to join the Casa Mila discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

46 comments
  • 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
      ashley
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      Ash
      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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Thanks Carlos :) what's the name of your blog?
      • December 2, 2017 at 11:16 am
        Carlos Lorenzo
        My blog is Barcelona Photoblog www.barcelonaphotoblog.com Thanks for asking Ash!
        • December 2, 2017 at 8:19 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          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
    Mary
    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
      ashley
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      Ash
      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
        Mary
        Between Casa Batllo and Casa Mila which would you recommend best ?
        • May 10, 2017 at 12:31 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          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
    Jen
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Bryan
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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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