Passeig de Gracia continues to be one of the most visited, most important streets in all of Barcelona. Linking the center of Barcelona to Gracia, Gracia only being part of Barcelona for around 150 years. The Milà family bought land on Passeig de Gracia in the year 1905 and commissioned architect Antoni Gaudi to build the house.
In its early years, the building was mocked by the public and various publications. Gaudi’s design broke city laws in regard to height, encroaching on pavement etc but the family simply paid a ‘fine’ to legalize the building.
Gaudi made multiple changes to his design after the project began and this caused quite a few problems for himself and the family. The final construction ran over budget, costing twice as much as he was initially allocated. Gaudi had strayed from his initial task of creating something similar to the nearby Casa Batllo and tried to create something unique to himself. To compound the problem further, the family didn’t like the end result because of Gaudi’s changes and it all ended in court. Gaudi eventually won the case and gave some proceeds to a convent of nuns.
La Pedrera was neglected for much of the mid-late twentieth century until being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Today you can walk through the rooms of Casa Mila, you can walk through a typical middle-class apartment. The furnishings were all designed by Gaudi, meaning you can immerse yourself into his work and see how a family would have lived here in 1906.
Part of the importance of La Pedrera is that unlike another of his famous works (Sagrada Familia), Gaudi finished this building before he died.
Buying La Pedrera Barcelona tickets at the door means not only paying a higher price but also running a risk of the tickets being sold out for the day.
The best option is buying Casa Milà (La Pedrera) tickets online. It is a little cheaper than buying at the house itself. Plus most of the online options offer Casa Milà skip the line tickets so that you don’t waste an hour or more waiting with other tourists in long queues! Have look through our product offering to secure your place and avoid disappointment.
Casa Milà ticket prices depending on what you have in mind. Entrance and tours by day and night, vary in price for example.
La Pedrera is super easy to find, as it sits on one of the most famous streets in Barcelona. Head to Passeig de Gràcia, and head up the street just a few minutes heading past the equally well-known Casa Batlló.
La Pedrera opening times vary by season. In Summer, for example, opening hours are around 9 AM until 9 PM. Whereas in Winter, shorter La Pedrera closes its doors earlier at around 6.30 PM. Times do vary on specific days though so it is certainly worth checking for the exact date you will be visiting.
One of the best things about the building is the La Pedrera rooftop. Considering this, and the likelihood that crowds thin out later in the day, sunset is the best time to visit. If your question refers to which time of year is best to visit, Spring/Autumn is your answer. It will mean you can avoid the largest groups of tourists and blistering heat while getting to enjoy La Pedrera.
You can explore this interesting building and enjoy the views by yourself. However, you would miss out on the fascinating history of Casa Mila. Learning about how the design of the chimneys inspired the outfits of Stormtroopers in the Star Wars movies. Little tit-bits like this are fascinating, making your trip all the more interesting, whereas if you go without a guide you may simply just look at the features without getting a true appreciation for them.
You can get a guide that will show you around or if you prefer, an audio guide.