Casa Milà – La Pedrera
Casa Milà Barcelona
Things You Should Know About Casa Milà (La Pedrera) Before Visiting Barcelona
What's Casa Mila - La Pedrera?
Casa Milà is a modernist building located in the center of Barcelona, designed by the famous catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi. It was built between 1906 and 1912, and it was the last private residence that Gaudi worked on.
The project was commissioned by Roser Segimón and her husband, Pere Milà, hence the name of ‘Casa Milà’ (Mila’s house). The couple asked Gaudi to demolish an old house owned by Roser and built a new one, with the idea of living in the main floor and renting the rest of apartments out.
Gaudi, loyal to his style, designed the house as a constant curve (inside and outside), to symbolise the nature. The project had some financial and legal difficulties, since the architect exceeded the budget given and surpassed some legal measures and requirements.
The building received a lot of criticism due to its unusual structure, and appeared in many publications of the time which were taking the piss out of it. Even though, the project was successfully finished on 1912, all flats were rented out later, and the owners (Roser Segimón and Pere Milà) lived in the first floor until they died.
Nowadays, the bulding has three residential apartments rented to families that have been living there for over seventy years. However, the property can’t be rented to anyone else.
In 1984, UNESCO declared the building as World Heritage Site and in 1996 it was opened to the public.
Why is Casa Mila called 'La Pedrera'?
As part of all the criticism that the building received at that time, some people named Casa Mila as ‘La Pedrera’, which means ‘The quarry’ in Catalan, as the building may makes you think of a place where stones are extracted.
How much does it cost to visit La Pedrera?
The cheapest ticket is 24€ (12€ for kids from 7 to 12 years). However, Casa Mila offers different types of visit:
La Pedrera for free?
There is no way to get in La Pedrera for free, unless there is a special celebration.
However, you can get a discount for the ‘La Pedrera Essential’ ticket if you are student (international cards excepted) or over 65 years old. The discounted entrance costs 18.50€ (instead of 24€).
The price for residents in Catalonia is 12€. You must demonstrate that your address is in Catalonia by submitting the national identity document (DNI or NIE) at the ticket offices.
La Pedrera opening hours
How long does it take to visit La Pedrera?
The audio guide lasts around 1 hour and a half, but you can stay inside of the building as long as you want.
La Pedrera at night?
The regular night-time visit includes a guided tour in a small group, ending with a little show on the rooftop and a glass of cava, all for 34€. There is also a package that includes the tour + dinner at Cafè La Pedrera for 59€.
During summer (June-September), you can enjoy the beautiful night views of the Barcelona city centre with a live jazz concert on the amazing rooftop of La Pedrera. The concert costs 36€ and starts at 8:45pm, every Friday and Saturday. There is also an option to visit the building in addition to the concert, which costs 60€.
Is La Pedrera worth it?t
If you are not planning to visit the inside, at least stroll down ‘Passeig de Gracia’ street and enjoy the facades and balconies of Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and Casa Batllo. You can get a nice idea of Gaudi’s work from looking at the structure and decorative items of the buildings from outside!
How to get to La Pedrera?
La Pedrera is located in the centre of Barcelona, in one of the most popular avenues called ‘Passeig de Gracia’.
The nearest tube station is ‘Diagonal’ or ‘Passeig de Gracia’.