With its flowing exterior and the whimsical chimney pots on its roof, Casa Milà – known locally as La Pedrera – represents Gaudí at the top of his game. The ornate interior is also the handiwork of the great Catalan architect. Skip the line and get right into this modernist masterpiece.
Gaudí designed Casa Milà for the wealthy businessman Pere Milà and his wife. It's the architect's final residential building in Barcelona. For Gaudí enthusiasts it's a must-see, as it's the only building in the city that offers a comprehensive overview of this architectural genius.
With 4,500 m2 spread over five floors, it's an immersive experience. Casa Milà features a museum, the reproduction of an early 20th-century apartment (El Pis de la Pedrera), an exhibition of Gaudí's work in the attic, and the grand roof terrace – with its famous chimney pots that look like surreal chess pieces.
Even though the building is named after the family who commissioned it, it's commonly known as La Pedrera (The Quarry) for its resemblance to an opencast quarry. Like a miner, you're free to come inside and dig into the life and work of Barcelona's favorite son.
Each ticket comes with the free audio guide, to help you experience this quirky – and architecturally sophisticated – construction.