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The capital city has many ideal places to enjoy unique views of the city. Images to be remembered and immortalized, in historic buildings or representative areas, from which you can see the roofs and the structure of the oldest Madrid and the most modern and cosmopolitan with its skyline, with the contrasting background of the mountains to the north or the vegas of the south of the region.
The impressive views that we have of Madrid, which throughout history the great masters of painting have captured, are available to our eyes and senses to be enjoyed, let's review those places that well deserve a visit.
We begin the tour in the Temple of Debod, an Egyptian temple dedicated to the gods Isis and Amon, given by Egypt to the city of Madrid. From this unique location you can see spectacular views of the Casa de Campo, the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral, we recommend especially the image with the sunset.
Following the park of the West we arrive at the Cable Car, which crosses from this point to the Casa de Campo, where in movement we have a bird's eye view, buildings such as the Tower of Madrid, the Edificio España (Spain Building), the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral in different perspectives, and in the background one of the lungs of Madrid, where the journey ends.
Our next recommended location is the Faro de la Moncloa, built in 1992, in the heart of Madrid's Ciudad Universitaria. The viewpoint is accessed through the panoramic elevator, to enjoy spectacular views of the Gran Vía, the Plaza de España, the Telefónica Building, the Circulo de Bellas Artes, the financial zone of Madrid with the four towers, and in the background the Sierra de Guadarrama.
Not every day, you can visit the dome of the Almudena Cathedral but it is worthwhile when it is open and there is no worship service (check timetables). From up there we have a complete and panoramic view of Madrid, especially the southern area, the neighbouring Teatro Real, the Casa de Campo and the most traditional Madrid with the Vistillas in the background.
In the heart of Gran Vía and in one of its most famous squares, we have the viewpoint of the Gourmet Experience Gran Vía, on the ninth floor of the El Corte Inglés shopping centre, where we have a perfect view of the Gran Vía to Plaza de España, and from another perspective the Edificio España and the Torre de Madrid, not to mention the emblematic Carrión building with its cinematographic corner.
Returning to the centre, our next recommendation is the Roof of the Circulo de Bellas Artes, located right in the centre, specifically in Alcalá Street, opposite Gran Vía, where we can enjoy one of the most identifying images of Madrid's architecture, the Edificio Metrópolis, so often immortalized in films, photographs and canvases. The views of the Cibeles Palace and the Cervantes Institute are well worth a visit.
Next recommended point is the viewpoint of the Palace of Cibeles, current headquarters of the City Council of the capital which, located on the eighth floor of the building, offers 360 degree panoramic views over the city, the Retiro Park, Torrespaña to the northeast; to the north the financial zone of Madrid, with the Colón Tower, Picasso Tower and in the background the four Towers; to the south, the Paseo del Arte with museums, the Atocha station and to the west the Alcalá Street and Gran Vía.
The terrace of the Reina Sofia Museum is the following that we recommended you, where you can enjoy a quiet view of Madrid, while we can have a snack in a unique cultural environment of one of the most valued art galleries both artistically and aesthetically.
To the east of the capital, we end our tour in the well-known Cerro del Tío Pío park, from where it is said that the best views of Madrid are enjoyed, thanks to the different heights and slopes, which together with its carefully tended tree-lined promenades, draw some very visited images. At sunset on summer nights, it becomes a meeting point for friends and families.
Image credits: Temple of Debod ©Region of Madrid