Casa Mila, popularly known as La Pedrera, is a modernist building in Barcelona and one of the last private residences designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. A visit to “The Stone Quarry” offers the chance to appreciate the works of one of the world’s best architects and there’s plenty of tour types to choose from.

It is one of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, particularly admired for its spectacular architecture. Visitors can choose from a self-guided tour or professional tour guides where you get to learn more about the building and its history.

Casa Mila Tickets

Tour Type General Children (7-12) Children (0-6)
La Pedrera Essential €24 €12 Free
La Pedrera Premium €31 €12 Free
La Pedrera Night Experience €34 €17 Free
La Pedrera Essential & Night Experience €43 €21.50 Free
La Pedrera Exclusive €39 €19.50 Free
La Pedrera Night Experience & Dinner €59 / /
 
La Pedrera

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Opening Hours

Tickets should be booked online in advance to avoid disappointment. However, you can book on the day at the ticket office but note you’ll pay extra.

La Pedrera Essential

This is a self-guided tour and includes an audioguide.

Opening hours: 9am – 6:30pm (last entry at 6pm)

La Pedrera Premium

This is a self-guided tour and includes an audioguide.

Opening hours: 9am – 6:30pm (last entry at 6pm)

La Pedrera Night Experience

This is a guided tour.

Opening hours: 7pm – 9pm.

La Pedrera Essential & Night Experience

This is a self-guided tour of La Pedrera and includes an audioguide. The Night Experience is a guided tour.

  • Opening hours: 9am – 6:30pm (last entry at 6pm)
  • Opening hours: 7pm – 9pm. (night experience)

La Pedrera Exclusive

This is a guided tour of Casa Mila.

Opening hours: 8am. Wednesday (in Chinese), Thursday and Friday (in English).

La Pedrera Night Experience & Dinner

This is a guided tour of Casa Mila at night.

Opening hours: 7pm – 9pm.

Inside the Atrium of Casa Mila

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History & more information

Casa Mila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona. The impressive building also goes by the names “La Pedrera” and ‘the stone quarry’ which the latter refers to the structure’s unconventional and rough-hewn appearance.

The building, which was constructed between 1906 and 1912, was made in Gaudi’s classic art nouveau style, a type of art and architecture that embraces vivid decoration, unusual shapes, and prefers curves over straight lines.

Casa Mila architecture

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As such, there isn’t a single right angle in the building! The entire facade of Casa Mila is made out of natural stones sourced from the nearby Garraf Natural Park and white ceramic tiles.

Today the building is used as private apartments but visitors can enjoy access to the roof, the top floor and the attic on a self-guided or guided tour. Get ready to enter the world of Gaudi and discover how nature is the origin and inspiration for a lot of his work.

Casa Mila roof

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Points of Interest

The Facade

The building is named after its spectacular stone facade which is a huge work of sculpture made using recycled elements.

Warrior Rooftop

From the rooftop, you can enjoy 360º  views over the city.

The Attic

Inside the attic, you’ll find the only exhibition devoted to Gaudi and his lifework. Browse the audiovisuals, models, drawings, designs, and objects to learn more about this famous Spanish architect.

The Tenants’ Apartment

Step inside a 20th-century bourgeois family home and admire the furniture, molding, and works of art.

Chimneys

Gaudi’s iconic chimneys stand tall atop the roof and look like warriors turned into stone.

Chimneys by Gaudi

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How to get to Casa Mila

Casa Mila can easily be accessed on foot from central Barcelona or by bus and metro.

  • From the Gothic Quarter, take the metro line L3 from Liceu to Diagonal.
  • From Barcelona Beach, take bus number 47 from Pau Claris to Pg Maritim.
  • From Montjuic Castle, take bus number 150 from Castell to Av Reina Maria Cristina. From here take metro line L3 from Pl. Espanya to Diagonal.

Nearby Attractions

There are a number of attractions and things to do in and around Casa Mila. Check out our recommended points of interest below:

  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Park Guell
  • Casa Batllo
  • La Rambla
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Montjuic
  • Picasso Museum
  • Museum of Egyptian Culture
  • Ciutadella Park
  • La Barceloneta Beach
Casa Batllo

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Best time to visit Casa Mila

The crowds are typically less between 9 am and 10 am, and again after 4:30 pm. So, in order to experience Casa Mila without the crowds, try going early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Other busy periods include weekends, particularly Saturdays and local school holidays.

Facts about Casa Mila

  1. Antoni Gaudi got the contract for building La Pedrera because he did a good job with Casa Batllo. Incidentally, Casa Batllo is just 700 meters (2300 feet) from Casa Mila.
  2. Gaudí only installed lifts on every second floor of the edifice with the aim of establishing interaction and connection among the tenants. He wanted the persons staying on different floors to easily communicate with each other.
  3. The Casa Milà got its name from Pere Mila- a famous, wealthy businessman in Spain. Pere Mila commissioned the construction of the building in the year 1906. His wealthy wife, Roser Segimon, played a huge role in its construction as she funded most of the project.
  4. Although some places are restricted to the public, people can access the rooftop, attic, as well as the top floor. The apartments on the top floor give people an idea of how the interior was at the beginning of the 20th century.
  5. For its uniqueness, artistic and heritage value have received major recognition and in 1984 was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, for its exceptional universal value.
  6. The main floor is the former residence of the Mila’s. It was opened as an exhibition hall in 1992. The vestibule staircase, with its strips of twisted wrought-ironwork, is decorated with mural paintings that in some places reflect Gaudí’s trencadís hallmark.
  7. On the roof stands chimneys and ventilation just as on any other roof. These are however designed by Gaudi in true Gaudi fashion with extraordinary shapes and vivid imagination.
  8. Composed of 270 parabolic brick arches of varying height, the spine-like rib structure creates a varied topography of attic.
  9. The project was considered so heterodox at the time that there was general uproar when the plans became public. The building was publicly ridiculed by local critics and the newspapers because of its unusual design.
  10. The building is made from rock found in the nearby Garraf massif, a natural park found on the outskirts of southern Barcelona.
View of La Pedrera

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FAQ’s (Things to know before you go)

Do I need to buy tickets in advance in order to visit the building?

Visitors aren’t required to purchase Casa Mila tickets in advance, but it’s recommended to purchase before your visit to avoid queues at the ticket office. Also, the price is roughly 3 euros more per ticket if you book them on the day instead of in advance online.

Is Casa Mila, La Pedrera, and The Quarry the same thing?

Yes, Casa Mila has lots of different names but all three of these mean the same thing!

How long should I spend at Casa Mila?

Allow yourself a minimum of 1 hour to take a self-guided tour of the building. Those who are interested in the architecture and history of Gaudi should plan to stay for longer!

Is the audio guide free?

Yes, the audio guide is included in your ticket price and is available in English, Chinese, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Can people with reduced mobility do the complete tour of La Pedrera?

Apart from the roof terrace, all parts of the building are open to visitors in wheelchairs.


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