If you are traveling to Barcelona and you aren’t familiar with Antoni Gaudí or at least some of his work, chances are that you should look into him. Even if you aren’t taking a trip to Barcelona, it might still interest you to learn about him and his work. Casa Milà, or “La Pedrera” as it is called now, is one of Gaudí’s most innovative structures and also one of the last that he worked on. I ended up touring Casa Milà in Barcelona and it was incredibly interesting and beautiful!
Even though I have been to Barcelona numerous times before, my latest trip was the first time that I had gone to Casa Milà. I had walked past it and taken pictures of the exterior, but I had never taken a tour of the inside. Being 100% honest – it was totally worth it and I HIGHLY recommend it.
About Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
Casa Milà was constructed by Antoni Gaudí between 1906 and 1910 as an apartment block. It was his last project before devoting himself to constructing the Sagrada Família. Since 1984, it is legally protected as a cultural and historic site by UNESCO World Heritage and it has been open to the public since 1996.
La Pedrera was constructed as an apartment and office building, but the owner of the building had trouble renting the apartments due to their oddly shaped rooms. The architecture of the building doesn’t have a single straight line which gives it a modern shape. There are 2 central courtyards inside the apartment building in order to allow natural light into all of the rooms.
What You Can See
When touring Casa Milà (La Pedrera), you will have the opportunity to see what a typical upper-class family lived like in the early twentieth century. Everything from the furniture down to the doorknobs is important to look at and observe. The detailing in Gaudí’s work is incredible and his creative and innovative mindset blew me away – especially for the time period he was in.
The Terrace of Casa Milà (La Pedrera)
This is probably one of my favorite parts of the entire structure. Not only do you have an incredible overhead view of Barcelona, but you also get to see the amazing architecture. The staircases and statues are so cool to look at.
This was Gaudí’s space and it displays multiple models, plans, and videos that explain his work. From La Pedrera to the Sagrada Familía, Park Güell, and even Casa Batlló.
There are even drawings of his furniture and how he made constructed them in the most natural way for humans.
The apartment in Casa Milà is called “El Pis de la Pedrera” and it is fully furnished based on the style of an upper-class family in the early 20th century. The door handles, molding, balconies, everything is so detailed.
How to Get Tickets
Casa Milà (La Pedrera) is located at Provença, 261 – 265. 08008, Barcelona, Spain. I got my tickets to Casa Milà online and I recommend doing so, especially if you are with a large group. They will charge you a fee if you buy tickets in person – though that is also an option you have just outside the structure.
I actually bought my tickets 30 minutes before my scheduled time, so even if you decide last minute, you should be good to go.
Touring Casa Milà (La Pedrera) is definitely something you should do while in Barcelona. I would most definitely go for a second time, myself!
Let me know if you’ve visited Casa Milà and your favorite part!