Visit to La Pedrera in Barcelona: timetables, prices and advice

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La Pedrera is the nickname by which Casa Milà is known, one of the houses designed by Antoni Gaudí can be visited in the center of Barcelona as well as the last of his civil works in chronological terms. The building is located in the Eixample district, a district of the Catalan bourgeoisie of the th century, a short distance from Casa Batllo. It was called Pedrera, or stone quarry, both because of the appearance of the façade made of rough stone, with the recesses of the windows very similar to natural caves. It is one of the seven works by the Catalan architect to have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site and represents a milestone for anyone visiting Barcelona.



Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. What to see and how to visit Casa Milà
  4. Where is it and how to get there
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

  • open every day, at different times depending on the type of visit chosen. The standard time is from 9:00 to 18:00, extended until 20:00 for the premium visits and from 21:00 to 23:00 for the night experience.
  • Best time to avoid queues: The busiest times are in the late morning and from 16:00 to 18:00. If you choose the standard visit, it will therefore be convenient to plan the visit in the morning, in the interval 09:00 - 11:00.
  • entry to La Pedrera at standard time costs € 22,00 and includes an audio guide in Italian. The premium entrance, on the other hand, allows the visit without restrictions during the day from 9:00 to 20:00, while the night experience carries the ticket € 34,00. All these costs are valid for the purchase of tickets online, while the one at the ticket office at the entrance of Casa Milà will have a surcharge of € 3,00. Buy online the ticket with audio guide
  • Reductions: € 16,50 for students with a card; € 11,00 for children up to 11 years. For City Pass holders the cost of the ticket is reduced by 20% (Buy online)

Online tickets and guided tours

What to see and how to visit Casa Milà

1 - The facade

The visit of Casa Milà starts from the outside to which it owes the name of Pedrera.The building is spread over six floors and three facades, at the intersection of carrer Provença and Passeig de Gracia. You will recognize the building without a doubt: the large facades are not delimited by sharp edges and straight lines, but joined by sinuous waves and curved lines that develop on stone, worked to appear porous and on wrought iron. The maritime inspiration of the house is also evident in the engravings of marine flora and fauna.



2 - The roof

Gaudí imagined the roof of the Milà house as a living environment, a terrace, rather than merely functional. There are more than thirty chimneys that rise on the roof of La Pedrera, and all bear a testimony of Catalan expressionism, twisting on themselves in soft and chiseled shapes or surmounted by crowns and shapes with a military appearance. Observe the chimneys carefully: on one of them is engraved a heart in the direction of Reus, the birthplace of Gaudí, and a tear in the direction of Sagrada Familia, his most famous work but remained unfinished.

3 - The attic

Coming down from the roof you will find yourself in the attic, where several models, videos and photographs are exhibited that trace the career of the Catalan architect. Walking under the narrow arches of the attic gives the impression of walking through the roofs of a cathedral or the back of a huge dragon, but in reality this space was initially used simply for the common services of the apartments, such as the laundry. For a long period after World War II it was divided into apartments, but it was later restored to its original condition in the 90s and the exhibition space we know now remains.

4 - The apartments

La Pedrera is not just a museum, but it still plays its original role: some of the apartments are still inhabited. However, it is possible to visit on one floor the interior design and a reproduction of the furnishings from the early twentieth century, on the model of the real residences of the Catalan bourgeoisie. Also inside we find the same sinuosity of the shapes and an intense natural light. Gaudí in fact created an internal courtyard that allowed not only access to the floors, but also their lighting.



Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: just 700 meters from Casa Batlló. It is equidistant from the Sagrada Familia and the Barrìo Gotico, 2 km from one and the other, placing itself at the center of each itinerary and in the heart of the city - Get directions
  • By bus: the closest stops are Pg de Gràcia mallorca and Pg de Gràcia Rosselló, reached by lines 34, H10, H8, V15.
  • By metro: with lines 2 and 4 get off at the Passeig de Gràcia stop, while with lines 5 take the Diagonal stop. Both stops are also located on line 3.

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 09:00, at the opening, to avoid the long queues that start in the late morning and continue until closing time.
  2. Combined ticket: if you are passionate about Gaudí, a combined ticket is available for a visit to Casa Milà, Casa Batlló and Casa Vicens at a cost of € 59,00
  3. Priority ticket: Buy tickets online, you will avoid the long queues present at any time of the year, and you will save € 3,00 on each type of entrance (Buy online now)
  4. Watch out for restrictions: some of the apartments are private and still inhabited, be careful not to knock on doors and disturb the residents.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

  • Why Pedrera? The name of Pedrera actually has derogatory origins: initially the citizens did not appreciate its innovative forms, and it is said that in addition to the characteristic façade this was also due to the fact that the long works made the area impracticable for its entire duration (four years), making the road a real stone quarry.
  • Influences in pop culture: Casa Milà has also exerted its influence in the world of cinema and literature: it seems George Lucas was inspired by the chimneys for the design of the stormtroopers in Star Wars, while the author Dan Brown included it in his novel Origin published in 2017.
  • Watch out for the entrances: Casa Milà has two entrances. If you have purchased tickets online, skip the line and go to the one in carrer Provença, while if you intend to buy the ticket at the moment, go to Passeig de Gracia

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