One of Antoni Gaudi’s most intriguing creations, the spectacular Casa Mila—also known as La Pedrera (The Quarry) because of its wave-like stone exterior—caused some controversy among critics when it was first unveiled back in 1910. Today, however, Casa Mila is considered a masterpiece of Catalan Modernisme, with gaggles of visitors coming to see its surreal sculptural roof terrace, the re-created early 20th-century interiors of the Pedrera apartment, and the attic-level Espai Gaudi exhibit, which is devoted to the great Catalan architect’s work.
Designed to serve as apartments for some of Barcelona’s more moneyed inhabitants, this remarkable residential building is now part of the Works of Antoni Gaudi UNESCO World Heritage Site. By day, visitors can explore part of the building with the aid of an audio guide (included in the ticket price). Alternatively, visit at night as part of the Gaudi's Pedrera: The Origins experience, when a mesmerizing light show takes place on the roof terrace. Casa Mila is visited on many architectural tours of Barcelona, alongside other Gaudi gems such as La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Book skip-the-line tickets in advance to avoid long entry lines at Casa Mila.
- For the ultimate crowd-free experience, opt for an early-access, small-group, guided tour that gets you in before the doors open to the public.
- The roof terrace provides little shade from Spain’s summer sun, so bring sunscreen and a hat.
- The onsite Café de la Pedrera, serving hot and cold drinks as well as food, is located on the ground floor.
- All areas of Casa Mila are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the roof terrace, because of its uneven surfaces.
How to Get There
Casa Mila is located in the Eixample district on one of Barcelona’s most heavily trafficked thoroughfares: Passeig de Gracia. Take metro lines 3 or 5 to Diagonal station and walk two minutes from there.
When to Get There
Casa Mila is open daily year-round from 9am to 8:30pm and from 9 to 11pm. In summer, entry lines often go around the block. The biggest crowds congregate in the middle of the day—avoid them by arriving soon after opening (9am) or in late afternoon (after 4pm).
Discover Other Gaudi Masterpieces in the Area
A five-minute walk south of Casa Mila sits Casa Batllo. One of Gaudi’s boldest designs, this eye-catching structure is adorned with a mosaic of colorful ceramic tiles and stained-glass shards