“Wow!“, “Really?!”, “How on Earth does one think of these designs?”. These were just among the few thoughts that came to mind when we saw the La Pedrera on our recent visit to Barcelona.
We first introduced you to Antoni Gaudi‘s masterpieces through Sagrada Familia. Another one of his surreal masterpieces is the La Pedrera (also known as Casa Mila).
This building is hard to miss. As you’re walking down the busy street of Passeig de Gracia (in Eixample), if the long line of people around the corner does not attract your attention, the mystical looking building should!
Due to the number of people surrounding the building, your best bet to get a good photo of the entire building without people is to visit the museum inside the building that houses miniature models of the building.
There are two ways to get to the rooftop – elevator and stairs. Most visitors were shown the way to the elevator. For some reason, the guide pointed Jeremy and I to the stairs! The stairs are winding and curvy, just like the rest of Gaudi’s nature inspired designs. As much as we like exercise, we’d recommend taking the elevator.
We were at Le Pedrera in the afternoon, so the sun was pretty harsh. If we were to visit again we’d go early in the morning or later in the day, preferably before sunset. Don’t forget to check their opening hours and days. Bring a zoom lens (or use the zoom feature on your camera) to focus on the structures and avoid people in your photos.[two] [/two] [two_last] [/two_last]
La Pedrera used to be an apartment building. However, potential tenants were reluctant to rent the rooms because many were concerned that their furniture will not fit the irregularly shaped walls. No longer renting out apartments (there is an apartment showroom however inside the building), this building is now one of the most important museums in Barcelona. It also houses Renaissance drawings and a collection of modern art paintings.[two] [/two] [two_last] [/two_last] [notification type=”star”]
- Another must visit while in Barcelona is La Pedrera (aka Casa Mila).
- We stayed in the region of Eixample just so most of Gaudi’s masterpieces were within walking distance or a short subway ride away.
- Expect to spend at least 2 hours there. We spent about 3 hours. Most of our time were spent on the rooftop (taking pictures of these unique structures), followed by time in the museum and last but not least the model apartment inside the building.
- Bring your zoom lens with you. Taking pictures of the structures without the distraction of people in your photos, wil require some zooming in.
- Another way to take pictures of the building and structures without the distraction of other tourists is to visit the museum that houses the miniature models.
- Be sure to check their opening hours and days before you visit.