Spain’s capital city is a feast for the eyes, especially if you know where to look. With winding streets, historic architecture, and abundant parks and forests, when it comes to breathtaking sights you’re really spoiled for choice! We’ve narrowed down a few of our favorite places in Madrid for showstopping views, from cityscapes to mountain ranges. Here are five of the most stunning spots to enjoy Madrid’s beautiful views.

1. Teleférico de Madrid

Where better to take in the sights of Madrid than from high in the sky? Madrid’s glass-fronted cable cars allow you to gaze across the Casa de Campo park and the Manzanares River from 40m in the air. From the Parque del Oeste you travel high above the trees on a ten minute journey to the center of the Casa de Campo. After returning to the ground, take a wander around the huge park which is home to the Madrid Zoo.

2. Faro de Moncloa 

From this towering observation deck visitors are treated to sweeping views of Madrid, 100m above the street. As the elevator takes you up to the top, admire some of Madrid’s most famous buildings and monuments including the Cibeles Palace, the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace. From the top, look closely to glimpse the peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains in the distance.

3. Círculo de Bellas Artes

Right in the heart of Madrid, this multi-disciplinary arts center boasts a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the city center. Here you can survey the edifices of the famous Gran Vía and the treeline of the Retiro Park while sipping on a cocktail from the rooftop bar. You might even observe some of the center’s art students sketching the skyline. During the scorching Spanish summer, a fine mist of water cools the outside area for maximum comfort. 

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4. Plaza de Cibeles

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Not far from the Círculo de Bellas Artes is the stunning Plaza de Cibeles. The elaborate fountain and marble statues dotting this square in Madrid’s center make it a local icon. Climb to the eighth floor of the City Hall to be rewarded with views of Madrid’s cultural heart. From the top you can observe the city’s arterial roads: the busy intersection of Gran Vía and the Calle del Alcalá, the museum-lined Paseo del Prado, and the never ending Paseo de la Castellana.

5. Templo de Debod

The 2,000 year old Egyptian temple of Debod is one of Madrid’s most stunning backdrops. A gift to the city from the Egyptian government, the temple was removed from its original location near the Nile river and rebuilt in Madrid in the 1960s. You can find the temple surrounded by shimmering pools and leafy palms in the Parque del Oeste. With views to the west, it’s the perfect spot to admire the sunset.

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