Barcelona: Sagrada Familia and City Highlights Bike Tour
- Duration: 3 hours
Designed for the wealthy businessman Pere Milà, Antoni Gaudí's modernist oddity in the center of Barcelona has become one of the city's most famous buildings. Rich with phantasmagorical features to explore, here are five interesting tidbits to start your tour!
Casa Milà's nickname – La Pedrera – arose from its similarity to a single limestone precipice. A controversial building in its time, the term wasn't always used so affectionately!
The design was heavily inspired by Gaudí's Catholic faith. He almost walked off the project when a planned statuary of the Virgin Mary was blocked by local building codes!
The rooftop terrace offers spectacular views over Barcelona and Gaudí's famous as-yet-unfinished Sagrada Familia. In summer, an open-air bar provides drinks and live music too!
The roof terrace offers plenty more to quell your curiosity than the views alone. The Medieval knights among its surreal sculptures keep cool air flowing through the building.
Gaudí wanted the building's residents to know each other. Elevators serve just every second floor, encouraging friendly encounters in the stairwells and landing!
Casa Milà's opening times are 9:00AM to 8:00PM daily from March 1st to November 3rd, and 9:00AM to 6.30PM the rest of the year (closed December 25th and January 13th to 19th). La Predrera is also worth seeing at night, though. The rooftop bar is open until midnight throughout the summer months, and there are also occasional nighttime tours and exhibitions worth keeping an eye out for.
Book tickets in advance to beat the queues, especially during peak season. Standard tickets cost upwards of €20 (audio guide included), with some special exhibitions costing more. Note that concessions are incredibly generous so bring anything that might qualify you! Children under six can go for free.
Casa Milà can be accessed by buses 7,16,17, 22, 24 and V17, or by taking the Metro lines 3 or 5 to the station Diagonal.
Want to discover all there is to do in Casa Mila? Click here for a full list.
A must-go-visit attraction for those intrigued by the versatility of Gaudi. Tour starts on the roof garden and it’s quirky chimneys and view of segrada. The show flat is amazing and the audio explanation excellent for this and all sights. Walk from here to Pl Catalonia past ritzy shops and cafes.
Well worth the time. Audio tour provided great info. Especially enjoyed the mini museum on Guadi and all his projects found in the attic of Mila house. The views from the rooftop were spectacular. Got great pics of the Sagrada Familia.
Done at 9 a.m. at the opening. We felt like we were alone in the world, my two boys aged 10 and 12. We loved the atmosphere of the place. Just beautiful !
An architectural marvel at the time. Very informative and interesting. Antonis Gaudi was a genius. Must see.
Quickly in, with the certainty that it will work. The building is definitely worth it.