The Most Stunning Viewpoints In Madrid, Spain

View to the east from Palacio de Cibeles
View to the east from Palacio de Cibeles | © Jose Antonio Moreno Cabezudo
Laura Kauffmann

Madrid, the city that truly breathes the ‘live and let live’ attitude, and never ceases to amaze with its authentic down-to earth friendliness, has some breathtaking sights in store for visitors. If you are off to visit the intriguing capital of Spain, be sure to pay tribute to the more than extraordinary panoramic perspectives it has to offer – you won’t regret it. Here are seven spots from which to enjoy the stunning city panoramas.

1. Círculo de Bellas Artes

Restaurant, Spanish

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It might not look like it from below, but the topmost floor of the Círculo de Bellas Artes building offers one of Madrid’s finest sights. The Círculo is a private organization founded in 1880 dedicated to funding and protecting fine art, housing temporary art exhibitions. Its top-floor terrace reveals a stunning view of the city from a central perspective. Gran Vía, the Retiro park, even the peaks of the Guadarrama mountains can be seen, stretching out in the distance. This exquisite atmosphere comes with a special touch, as very often students of art classes and amateur painters will be interpreting their very own vision of the beautiful Madrid skyline in their sketchpads. While enjoying a drink, or an excellent meal at the rooftop restaurant Azotea- Tartan Roof, you will be sure to pick up the authentic city vibe.

2. Catedral de la Almudena


Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena, cathedral church, Madrid, Spain.
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From the central dome of the stunning Almudena cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiócesis of Madrid, spectators can take in the lovely bird’s-eye perspective of the Royal Palace of Madrid and its gardens. Visitors will be amazed at the architectural masterpiece, its full magnitude only visible from above. However, the viewpoint is only accessible to visitors of the official cathedral museum, which is more than a worthwhile visit due to the incredible history of its construction and the problematic inauguration of the cathedral itself throughout the tumultuous Spanish Civil War.

Viewpoints at Madrid Río

To be precise, the viewpoint at the Madrid Río Park doesn’t exactly offer a view from above, but rather a view from afar. If you have some extra time on your hands, a visit to the lovely park at the shores of Madrid’s river will not only allow you to capture a perfect panoramic view of the historical center, but might also make for a small escape from the more touristic sites in the center and let you relax with the locals.
Viewpoint 1: Madrid Río: Glorieta Puente de Segovia, Madrid, Spain

Viewpoint 2: Madrid Río: Pasarela de Arganzuela, Avenida del Manzanares 134, Madrid, Spain

Madrid Río Park

3. Templo de Debod

Archaeological site, Building, Park

Templo de Debod, Nubian temple, dusk, a gift from the Egyptian government to Spain in 1968, Madrid, Spain, Iberian Peninsula,
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This viewpoint might not be the highest in Madrid, but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful. This is mostly due to the 2000 year-old original Egyptian Temple of Debod, a present to Spain by the Egyptian government in 1960, in recognition of Spain’s assistance in saving several ancient Egyptian monuments. Even if you don’t find the time to enter the temple – the place itself is an absolute must-see location. Surrounded by palm trees and rectangular water pools, it creates a special atmosphere, including a wonderful view to the south-east and west, making it the number one spot for taking in the sunset.

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