Visit: Casa Mila - La Pedrera, Passeig de Gracia, 92, 08008 Barcelona Spain
Designed between 1906 and 1912, UNESCO-listed La Pedrera is one of Barcelona's icons, and was the last building that Gaudí worked on before he devoted his attention to La Sagrada Familia. Often called Casa Milà after the family who commissioned Gaudi to create it, the building’s official name translates as ‘the quarry’ in Spanish, and some of its most beautiful spaces are open to the public.
Armed with your skip-the-line ticket, head to Passeig de Gracia avenue, where La Pedrera is located. Admire its striking exterior, and then head straight inside, through the special entrance reserved for skip-the-line ticket holders. Collect your audio guide and explore the eye-opening interiors at your leisure. With audio commentary providing rich detail, you’ll come away with a deep understanding of the building and Gaudi himself.
Pass through the decorative lobbies and two courtyards of Passeig de Gràcia and Provenca with their swirling murals and mosaics, and hear how Gaudi designed them to optimize light and ventilation. Explore the Exhibition Hall, the former residence of the building’s owners, the Milà family. Take in original Gaudi features including the stair columns and then enter the La Pedrera apartment to learn about early 20th-century Barcelona and see a recreation of a Gaudi-designed, bourgeois apartment of the period.
Ascend to La Pedrera’s crowning glory: its roof terrace. Marvel at the corkscrew chimneys set against the sweeping backdrop of Barcelona, and visit the Espau Gaudi space in the attic-like upper story — an exhibition solely dedicated to Gaudi. Examine the models, photos and displays and learn all about his life, works and vision for the building.
After roughly 1.5 hours, your audio tour ends, leaving you free to leave or continue exploring independently.