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Why you should visit Casa Milà

Written by Karen

A stroll down Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia takes you past several architectural masterpieces created by one of the city’s most famous architects, Antoni Gaudí. At Passeig de Gràcia, 43, you’re sure to be wowed by the wonder of Casa Batlló. And just a few blocks up in the direction of Avinguda Diagonal, you’ll spot the awe-inspiring Gaudí creation of Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera (the stone quarry). It can be enough for some to just to admire these impressive structures from the street. But if you want to learn more about the history and purpose of these stunning Gaudí works, then it’s well worth venturing through the doors. Here’s all you need to know about a visit to one of these incredible works of architecture, Gaudí’s Casa Milà.

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About Casa Milà

Photo by Karen Matthews

Photo by Karen Matthews

Casa Milà was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Antoni Gaudí. It’s known worldwide for its artistic and heritage value and in 1984 was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Casa Milà was one of the last civil works by Gaudí and is currently the only Gaudí interpretation centre in Barcelona that’s devoted to providing an understanding of the work of this inspiring architect. A visit to the site will give you a glimpse into its original purpose, which was an apartment building, through a display of the home and life of a Barcelona bourgeois family during the early part of the twentieth century. Today, Casa Milà still features some private homes of those who are lucky enough to live in this architectural masterpiece.

How to plan your visit

There are four different ways to visit Casa Milà, either by a standard day visit; a premium day visit; a guided visit; or a visit at night. The day visit includes access between 9.00am and 8.00pm (check the reduced opening hours if you’re visiting during the low season) as well as a self-paced audio guide, which is available in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The premium day visit is essentially the same offering as the day visit but with the added bonus that you can skip the queues, arrive anytime you would like during the opening hours plus you get to take home a hard-copy visual guide of Casa Milà. The guided visit is just as the name suggests – instead of your own audio guide, a professional guide takes you on a tour. And finally, you may like to visit Casa Milà at night to enjoy a light projection show while sipping on a glass of cava and enjoying the surroundings.

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How to buy a ticket

Photo by Karen Matthews

Photo by Karen Matthews

Depending on your choice of visit, ticket prices range from 20.50 euros to 27 euros for visits by day and then increases to 34 euros for a night visit. It’s easiest to buy your ticket online, particularly if you’re going to purchase a standard day ticket as you’ll need to select the time you would like to visit. You can also buy tickets at the door but purchasing ahead of time means your queuing time is shorter as well as with the guarantee of your preferred time to visit.

How to get there

Casa Milà is located at Passeig de Gràcia, 92, and is accessible on buses 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17; the metro on lines three and five at the Diagonal stop; the FGC at the Provença-La Pedrera stop; or by RENFE at the Passeig de Gràcia station.

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About the author

Karen

Karen is a writer with a love for music, travel and vermouth on Sundays, who lives and works in Barcelona.

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