Visit Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain

Casa Mila or La Pedrera, the beautiful building built by Gaudi - is located at ...Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona.

 

Casa Mila
Casa Mila

La Pedrera - meaning the 'The Quarry', is a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and built during the years 1905–1910, said to be officially completed in 1912. It is was declared a World Unesco Heritage site in 1984.

The building was commissioned by Pedro Mila, a wealthy business man who was so impressed with Gaudi's other building Batllo, he requested Gaudi to build him one! The building was very unconventional in its time, relying only on arches, columns, and steel beams. This design allowed for amazing spacial differences in all the rooms in the building, you will rarely see a straight line in the building.

The balconies are a series of iron bars that appear to look like waves from the distance. The iron balconies were designed by Josep Maria Jujol.  Rumor has it, that he designed and thought up the whole concept on the spot.  When you look at the facade of the building it looks like a rock mountain with caves. During the construction, many people thought it looked like a rock quarry, or Pedrera, and now the name has stuck. Often people call the building La Pedrera "Rock Quarry" instead of Casa Mila.

The building still has inhabitants so you can only visit the top floor, attic, and the roof top ~ all of which are beautiful.  The top floor has an apartment that shows how the building must have looked in the 20th Century, when it was completed.  You also get a really good idea of what it must be like to live in the building today. Notice, that there are no straight lines!  The attic has a full exhibition of photos and sketches of Gaudi's other works, and buildings.

*Hint for kids, I showed them the photos of all his buildings and we made a game, for the rest of the trip, who could point out other Gaudi buildings in Barcelona. The one with most correct answers got to pick where we had dinner on our last night in town!*

The roof is the coolest part of the whole building. It has an amazing terrace with a view that is to die for.  The roof is designed much like the overlook at the Park Guel, also constructed by Gaudi. The chimneys look like soldiers dressed in full battle gear, and make for a magical, fun place to see.  This is a spot for you and the kids!

If you have some time this would be a great time to go inside to see this beautiful building.  The view from the roof in magnificent and the fact the people actually live there makes it a fun place to stop!  You can buy tickets and skip the line on many sites BUT they are CRAZY PRICED! Buy directly from the Casa Mila, and pay normal price, plus you get to skip the line at no additional charge.  They also have great night-time tours! If you want to see Casa Mila click here for info on the building, the official website and VIP skip the line info without VIP prices!

Roof Top of Casa Mila
Roof Top of Casa Mila

Also - While you are there on the street look for the Hexagons in the pavement designed by Gaudí himself and the magnificent steel streetlights with benches that line the entire avenue ! Also near here are the: Museu Egipci - Egyptian Museum, Museu del Perfum - Museum of Perfum and Fundació Godia art museum for Modern Art.

Iron Street Lamps and Benches ~ Barcelona
Iron Street Lamps and Benches ~ Barcelona

Opening hours:

4 November to 28 February. Monday to Sunday:
from 9am to 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm)
Closed: 25 December, and 13 to 19 January, 2014.
1 January: special opening hours from 11am to 6.30pm.
 
1 March to 3 November. Monday to Sunday:
from 9am to 8pm (last admission: 7.30pm).
 

Getting There:

  • Bus: 7,16,17, 22, 24 and 28.
  • Metro: lines 3 and 5, Diagonal.
  • FGC: Provença.
  • RENFE: Passeig de Gràcia.

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