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.
I loved the history and stops on this bike tour. Stops by the beach and got to get a drink at the beach-side bar! Lovely stop by the Sagrada Familia but wished the bike tour stopped a bit closer to get a better picture of the grandeur of the church. Barcelona does have dedicated bike lanes, but so many stop lights that our group constantly got separated by red lights. Also it was trickle weaving through pedestrians, so just keep that in mind! Overall fantastic way to get to know the city.
The perfect way to see Barcelona! The bikes are properly maintained and easy to use. Julia was excellent and take care of everybody (wait to be sure that all participants follow ).
Very well organised, Incredibly friendly staff. The exhibition is organised quite well and explains a lot. It’s worth visiting.
One of greatest experience ever done, so I think it’s a must if you are interested in Gaudi works
Natasha was amazing, very informative and professional guide , book you tour today!