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Casa Milà

This magnificent house with its undulating façade was Gaudí's last civil project.

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Take the night-time tour for a unique experience, including projections in various rooms, an audio-visual display on the beautiful rooftop and a glass of cava to send you on your way.

La Pedrera

Casa Milà was commissioned by the extravagant businessman and socialite Pere Milà and his wealthy wife Roser Segimon. It is also known as ‘La Pedrera’ - an ironic reference to its undulating façade’s likeness to a stone quarry.

Construction was carried out between 1906 and 1910, and was architecturally groundbreaking. The building lacks load-bearing walls, being supported instead by a system of columns, girders and vaults, and features unusual twisting wrought iron balconies on its self-supporting façade. Due to its architectural and artistic significance Casa Milà was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

A tragic week

Casa Milà was intended as a showy urban residence, with extra apartments for rent. Gaudí, a devout Catholic, also included heavy Christian symbolism in his design. He had an excerpt from the Rosary placed on a cornice of the building and planned to add a religious statue of Our Lady of the Rosary and the two archangels, Michael and Gabriel. After the Semana Tragica of 1909, which saw a week of violent anticlericalism, Milà decided that these statues should not be included - perhaps fearing that such religious imagery could lead to the house being attacked as a convent or church. This left Gaudí on the verge of quitting the whole project, but he was persuaded to continue work by a priest.

Even on completion, the building was not without controversy. Many local homeowners became angry with Milà and stopped greeting him in the street, arguing that his odd construction would lower the land values in the area. Roser Segimon also reportedly complained that there were no straight walls against which to place her Steinway piano - Gaudí responded that she should take up the violin instead.

Twists and turns

After Gaudí's death in 1926, Roser Segimon got rid of most of the furniture that he had designed for the house and covered over elements of his designs with new Louis XVI style decorations. She sold off the building six years after the death of her husband in 1940, and it eventually fell into disrepair. A vigorous project of restoration was carried out in the late 1980s, during which some of Gaudí’s hidden original designs were uncovered, and the building was reopened to the public in 1990.

The house is formed of two buildings joined around a pair of courtyards, allowing light into all nine floors; unusually, the building’s exterior shape is reflected in its interior. The spirals and angular shapes of the chimneys, fans and skylights on the roof, while they are decorative, all also serve important architectural purposes. The interior décor features painted walls with colourful mythological scenes and sea motifs on the floors, and the attic has a stunning Catalan vault ceiling.

Casa Milà is one of the crowning achievements of Gaudi’s Modernist project. A wonderfully realised vision of his Naturalist and geometrical interests, his hand is in every detail, from the structure and façade to its furniture and accessories, resulting in a remarkably liveable work of art.

Nearby Attractions

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Sagrada Familia
Gaudí's towering architectural achievement, and the most iconic building in Barcelona.
Casa Batlló
Yet another Gaudí treasure, Casa Batlló is a masterpiece of colour and light.
Plaça de Catalunya
The historic central point of Barcelona.
Picasso Museum
A wonderful collection traces Picasso’s creative genius from his roots in Barcelona.
Tapas
Fast food - the Spanish way.
La Boqueria
This thriving market is bursting with Catalan culture and fantastic food.

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Private Family-Friendly Tour of Gaudi's Barcelona
Follow a trail of Gaudí’s treasures through the beautiful streets of Barcelona.  From magnificent gardens, gloomy crypts to towering Cathedral spires. Enjoy a day out that is fun for the whole family. 

  • Explore La Sagrada Familia - Gaudí's incomplete Cathedral masterpiece.
  • Discover the treasures of Parc Güell - a stunning hill-top park overlooking the City.
  • Take an outside view of the magical Casa Batlló and Casa Milá apartment buildings.
  • Safely navigate the city, avoiding traffic and busy crowds. 
  • Our team will match the perfect guide to entertain and inspire all ages.
Keep even the most easily distracted engaged! Hear enthralling stories and fun facts about Gaudí, Spanish culture and the city itself. Drawing from our network of first class guides, we will find the perfect match for you and your family.  Hear tales of Barcelona’s twelve abandoned, haunted metro stations and how La Sagrada Familia has taken longer to build than the great Egyptian pyramids! Retrace Gaudí’s life and adolescence in Barcelona, and learn about his unique, enchanting architectural style. Where else will you see buildings coated in dragons scales?

On this excursion you will avoid the rush and busyness of a group tour, and enjoy a more intimate, flexible experience. Your personal guide will help you easily navigate the city, and will arrange private transportation between the sights if you require. This ensures you have the smoothest, most enjoyable day possible. A firm highlight of your trip no doubt! 

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the Sagrada Familia. Whilst they are less strict on knees not being covered - the length of your shorts or skirts must be appropriate. Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
The Genius of Gaudi Private Tour inc Tickets: Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and Casa Vicens Gaudí
A trip to Barcelona would be incomplete without exploring Gaudí's imprint on the city. Not only was he one of the most influential architects of Barcelona’s modern and art nouveau period in the late 19th and early 20th century, but in history. His architectural masterpieces helped transform the city of Barcelona to the thriving, bustling, historical, and cultural metropolitan city it is today.

On this tour, you will get a sense of Gaudí’s innovative and eccentric mind as you walk into the various edifices designed by Gaudí. You will be transformed into another world as you enter the eccentrically designed spaces. 

  • Explore La Sagrada Familia. Icon of Barcelona and UNESCO marvel.
  • Venture to Park Güell - a beautiful hill-top park overlooking the City.
  • Travel to the prestigious neighbourhood of Dreta de l'Eixample
  • Conclude at the recently opened Casa Vicens Gaudí
Marvel at the Cathedral spires and ceiling of La Sagrada Familia, descend into its crypt and visit the small museum dedicated to its construction. Next, unwind in the beautiful gardens of Park Güell. See the gingerbread gatehouses, grottos, ceramic animals, and Gaudi's former home. Enjoy incredible, sweeping vistas across the city and stop for a quick bite in the cafe, if peckish. Next, a journey to Dreta de l'Eixample and view the world-renowned Casa Batllo and Casa Milá apartment buildings. Conclude your experience at the recently opened Casa Vicens Gaudí. This is a day not to be missed in this wonderful city!

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the Sagrada Familia. Whilst they are less strict on knees not being covered - the length of your shorts or skirts must be appropriate. Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
Gaudi & Modernism Live Virtual Tour
We’re all missing different things during this challenging year and amongst the raft of restrictions? Travel

Are you wondering when you will be able to travel overseas again or thinking about your next destination? Have you had to postpone or cancel a much anticipated holiday this year? Has your next vacation planning been put on hold due to these uncertain times? 

If you are feeling the same itch to reach for your passport and hop on a flight anywhere, we have the perfect solution!

At Travel Curious we have launched Live Virtual Tours globally to help ease the struggle and bring you closer to the destinations you would love to visit in the future, or virtually take you to places you've been before and that you would like to see one more time.

On this Live Virtual Tour, we will take you to the Barcelona of Gaudí to explore his work and admire his distinctive style across the city that made Barcelona the Mecca of Modernism.

You will discover:
  • Casa Batló: where you will admire a geometrically-impossible construction, where Gaudí managed to integrate light and colour with other materials like wood, iron, glass, ceramics and stone that were used for the building. 
  • Casa Milá: also known as 'La Pedrera'. Its façade looks like waves move in the sea, with algae shaped forged iron handrails in the balconies. 
  • Casa de les Punxes: an emblem of Catalan Art Nouveau Revolutionary designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, a modernist architect.
IMPORTANT

  • This experience will be broadcasted live from the location, no Powerpoint presentations are involved.
  • The Live Virtual Tour will be on the platform Zoom, and you will receive a link in your email to gain access.
  • The recording of the tour will be available for all participants to keep for the future.
  • It's designed as a private experience for you and your group. Each person can be connected from one device.
  • The price is set per tour is for a maximum of 10 people. If your party is larger, please contact us for a customized tour. Send us an email to info@travelcurious.com
  • Date and Time may be affected by weather conditions to guarantee the best experience.
  • Please note the start times are expressed in local time so take into consideration the time difference with your location.
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