Things to do in Barcelona – Visit Gaudí’s La Pedrera

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With its undulating façade and militant stormtrooper figures standing guard on the rooftop, Casa Milà (more commonly known as La Pedrera for its resemblance to a stone quarry) is one of Barcelona’s unique architectural wonders.  Commissioned in 1906 by industrialist Pere Milà i Camps, the building – which served as the Milà family’s residence – is one of seven ‘Works of Antoni Gaudí’ listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is yet another great example of the architect’s unique take on Catalonian Modernisme.

Today, though a portion of the building remains private, there are areas open to the public.

Wall Mural and Iron Railings in Courtyard La Pedrera Barcelona

The standard tour of La Pedrera begins in the Courtyards where you get a feel for the importance of light, color, and nature.

Courtyard La Pedrera Barcelona

Notice the carved columns, plant and ribbon-like iron railings along the stairways and balconies, and the colorful floral motif designs of the murals on the walls. 

La Pedrera-Casa Milà Courtyards Skyview Barcelona Spain

From the Courtyards, you’ll go straight up

Rooftop Statues and Mosaic Crosses La Pedrera Barcelona Rooftop and Awnings La Pedrera-Casa Milà Barcelona Spain

to the wavy surface of the Rooftop 

Rooftop Sculpture La Pedrera-Casa Milà Barcelona Spain

with it’s statuesque figures 

La Pedrera-Casa Milà Rooftop Barcelona Spain

and mosaic crosses that conceal the chimneys and ventilation shafts. 

Broken Glass Mosaic Rooftop Sculpture La Pedrera-Casa Milà Barcelona Spain

Here’s where you’ll see where Gaudí incorporated fragments of glass bottles, marble, and stone into his work.

Espai Gaudí Arches La Pedrera Barcelona Spain

From the rooftop, make your way down to the Espai Gaudí, a museum housed in the building’s attic and former laundry room.

Catenary Arches in Attic Espai Gaudi La Pedrera Barcelona

Notice the impressive rib-like catenary arches (270 in all) – a Gaudí trademark, these are made of red brick. 

La Pedrera-Casa Milà Model Barcelona Spain

Among the items on display in the ‘Gaudí Space’ are architectural plans, photos, videos, and scale models, including the hanging chain models used to create the building arches.

Stairwell La Pedrera Barcelona 

The tour continues with a visit to the La Pedrera Apartment on the 4th level where you’ll see the Gaudí-designed elements such as: 

La Pedrera Apartment Hallway Window Barcelona Spain

the moldings, decorative ceilings, doors, handles, and flooring. And, what makes a visit to La Pedrera unique, compared to say a visit to Casa Battló, is that you can actually see the residence, complete with everyday household items and period furnishings, to give you a feel for what it would have been like to live here in the early 20th century.  

La Pedrera Apartment Hallway Barcelona Spain

From the serpentine space of the hallway, you’ll wander through the various rooms, which include:

La Pedrera Apartment Living Room Barcelona Spain

The Living Room, decorated with fine furnishings, a sparkling chandelier suspended from the ceiling, and a collection of portraits on the walls;

La Pedrera Apartment Dining Room Barcelona Spain 

The Dining Room, which features Moderniste furniture like the contoured sideboards;

La Pedrera Apartment Kitchen Barcelona Spain 

The Kitchen, simply decorated in white;

La Pedrera Apartment Office Barcelona Spain 

The Office, with an attractive wooden desk, and a large portrait and framed documents on the walls;

La Pedrera Apartment Bedroom Barcelona Spain 

The Bedroom, which features an interesting floral bed frame with winged headboard, and a baby’s bassinet nearby;

La Pedrera Apartment Bathroom Barcelona Spain 

The elegant Bathroom decorated with tub and shower, a marble vanity, tiled floors, ceramic commode and bidet;

Balcony Gaudi La Pedrera Barcelona

While here, be sure to enjoy the view of Barcelona from the apartment windows; it’s quite dramatic from behind the wrought-iron balconies.

Getting there:

La Pedrera is located in Barcelona’s Eixample district at Carrer de Provença, 261 easily reachable by Metro (L3 and L5: Diagonal).

Ticket Information:

Adult Admission = 22.00€; basic tour with audio guide, includes access to the Apartment, the Attic-Espai Gaudí, Rooftop Terrace, Courtyards, and Main Floor Exhibition Hall.

Various discounts are available; check the La Pedrera website for details.

Travel tip:

Admission prices are steep and this site will be most appealing to individuals interested in Gaudíi, architecture, or cultural history.

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