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Casa Milà (La Pedrera) Visit Guide: Epic Facts & Tips (2023)

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Casa Milà 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.

Before You Go: La Pedrera Tickets

La Pedrera is one of the most visited monuments in Spain.

It’s essential to get your tickets online in advance – hourly visits are capped and often sell out.

You’ll find many online ticket resellers, but we recommend relying on our collaborator Tiqets, which help us to keep this blog (which we’ve given 1000’s of hours to) free ūüôā

Buying online using Tiqets also gets you a handy ‚ā¨3.00 discount:

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Casa Milà (La Pedrera): History, Tickets, and Photos

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 Mil√† 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 fa√ßade 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.

‚ö†ÔłŹ¬† 2023 Warning ‚ö†ÔłŹ: It is strongly suggested to book your La Pedrera tickets in advance.

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

All that said, Casa Mil√† 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

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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‚Äôt do it justice. My only advice is to get the cameras ready ‚Äď 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‚Äôs constant curve vision ‚Äď in some weird way, the curves make Casa Mila look like wobbling jello.

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

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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 Mil√† 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.

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Casa Milà Tickets

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 ‚ā¨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

Your basic Casa Mila ticket 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
Adults‚ā¨25.00
Senior (65+)‚ā¨19.00
Students‚ā¨19.00
Youth (7 – 12)‚ā¨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.

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 ‚ā¨13.00 more, for an extra ‚ā¨3.00 (‚ā¨28.00 per person) you can get a full guided tour of La Pedrera with:

  • Admission to Casa Mila
  • 90-minute guided tour with a Barcelona architecture expert
  • Access to off-limit areas like the parking lot, back fa√ßade, 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 2023, and by the looks of the La Pedrera guided tour reviews, it’s a real hit.

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La Pedrera Full Experience: Skip the Line + Audio Guide + Virtual Experience

If you’re looking at the total La Pedrera package, this is it: La Pedrera tickets with audio guide, mixed reality glasses, exclusive access to the first floor, and more.

La Pedrera Virtual RealityOnline Price
Adults‚ā¨35.00
Senior (65+)‚ā¨29.00
Students‚ā¨29.00
Youth (7 – 12)‚ā¨22.50
Children (0 – 6)Free
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Buying Casa Mila Tickets Online with the Gaudi Super Combi 3-in-1

In 2023 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 Batll√≥ 10D Experience with audio guide
  • Casa Mil√° (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
Adults‚ā¨77.00
Senior (65+)‚ā¨78.00
Students (18-25)‚ā¨64.00
Teens 13-17‚ā¨59.00
Kids (7-12)‚ā¨24.00
Kids (0-7)Free

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

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Casa Milà Hours 2023

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 begins 15 minutes before scheduled closure times.

How to Get to Casa Milà Barcelona

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

When deciding how to get to La Pedrera, expect to budget no more than 15 minutes using public transport or 30 minutes walking from most central areas.

The closest Barcelona metro stop to Casa Mila is Diagonal (green line L3 or blue line L5).

RENFE Spanish railway: Passeig de Gracia.

Buses: 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17.

ūüöĆ Heading to La Pedrera? Make sure you know how to get around Barcelona on public transport first.

How to Get to Other Attractions from Casa Mil√†

  • Casa Batll√≤: Cross the street and walk 5 minutes downhill on Passeig de Gracia (towards the sea).
  • Sagrada Familia: Take the blue line of the metro at Diagonal and get off at the Sagrada Familia stop. It’ll take about 15 minutes.
  • Park G√ľell: Take bus 24 right outside on Passeig de Gracia. It’ll take 30 minutes.
  • Pla√ßa 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 Pla√ßa Catalunya.
  • Camp Nou: Take the green line of the metro at Diagonal and get off at Palau Reial. It’ll take about 30 minutes.

Tips for Visiting Casa Milà

  • 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 ‚ā¨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 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.

Related: How Long to Visit Casa Mila?

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Restaurants Near Casa Milà

If you’re starving after all those stairs, check out my list of best restaurants near La Pedrera.

For great traditional Catalan food, hit either value paella spot Bodega Joan (Carrer Rossell√≥ 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.

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.

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Casa Mila La Pedrera FAQ

  • How do I skip the lines at Casa Mil√†?

    The only way to skip the lines at La Pedrera is to buy your Casa Mila tickets in advance online.

  • How long does it take to visit Casa Mila?

    The typical Casa Mila visit time is around 1 to 2 hours. However, feel free to take your time, wander through the unique spaces, marvel at the rooftop views, and dive into the details of this extraordinary building.

  • What happens if I don’t buy Casa Mila tickets 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 to Casa Mil√†?

    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 late it’s always better to inform them at [email protected] or calling 932 142 576 ASAP.

    Otherwise, you’ll risk losing your ticket.

  • If I have a Casa Mil√† discount code can I redeem it online?

    No. Casa Mila discount vouchers can only be redeemed at ticket windows.

  • How do I get Casa Mil√† discount codes online?

    The only way to get a Casa Mila tickets discount is by buying via a Barcelona discount pass. For example, the Barcelona Pass lets you save 10% on La Pedrera plus 60 other top attractions.

    All the booking is done online, and you can skip lines.

  • Is the Casa Mila 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.

  • Can I get a student discount at Casa Mil√† if I’m attending school outside of Spain?

    Yes, all international student IDs are accepted when buying Casa Mila tickets. You must present the ID at ticket booths after having booked the ticket in advance online.

  • Are disabled visitors entitled to a discount at Casa Mil√† and how can it be redeemed?

    Yes. Visitors with a 33% disability can get discounted La Pedrera tickets for¬†‚ā¨16.50, while those with a 65%+ disability can enter free.

    You’ll be required to show relevant accreditation at ticket windows.

  • Can disabled visitors get the full experience at Casa Mil√†?

    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, as there is a platform outside the lift.

  • Is there a time limit to my Casa Mil√† visit?

    No. You’re free to stay all day if you like, but the average tour should take about 90 minutes.

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Visiting Casa Milà La Pedrera?

I’ve shown you how to get fast lane access by buying Casa Mila tickets in advance online. And I’ve left you with a bunch of tips. But it doesn’t end here – if you have any questions about your Barcelona holiday, I am here.

And ticket buyers – was Casa Mila worth the price in the end? Let our readers know in the comments below.

Also, don’t be afraid to join the La Pedrera discussion by giving me a like on the Barcelona Hacks Facebook page and then joining my group; I’m Off to Barcelona. Here you can ask any questions, air grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travellers.

Enjoy Casa Mila ūüďł

Related: Where to Buy Tickets to Casa Mila

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
      Team Member
      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
      Team Member
      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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