MARISA CAPONI- No matter who you are, where you come from, or how many Instagram followers you have, it’s safe to say nearly everyone can appreciate a picturesque view. From terrazas to bars to miradores (lookouts), Madrid’s rooftops are some of its best kept secrets, which is no surprise considering the city boasts incredible architecture. These places are certainly a staple of the tourist culture, but are also well known and often recommended by madrileños themselves. Therefore, being a sucker for a good landscape photo, I have stumbled across or purposely sought out the following park, mirador, and rooftop restaurant (also a great way to conquer your fear of heights) and I want to share them with you all.
Templo de Debod
C. Ferraz, 1, 28008 Madrid
You really can’t go wrong with ancient Egyptian ruins, reflecting pools, and a sick skyline view of Palacio Real & Catedral La Almudena. Not to mention this is place is filled with DOGS people!! I’d highly recommend consulting your weather app before going to determine when the sunset is going to be, and watch from the hill as it sets over the skyline and buildings and snap a few pics (beware of the glare). Afterwards, the temple lights will turn on, igniting darker, bluer tones in the reflection pools somewhat like in the photo. There’s all types of palm trees and a park area if you continue down the stairs – perfect for a picnic or exploring. I haven’t tried to go inside the temple for the historical tour, mostly because the lines are long and cause I’m broke, obviously (though I’m sure the program could reimburse if anyone’s interested).
Mirador Palacio de Cibeles
Pl. de Cibeles, 1, 28014 Madrid
I’m sure everyone’s seen that huge gorgeous building near the metro Banco de España with the “Welcome refugees” banner, but did you know you can go to the top of it? And for only 2 €!! Head to the ticket booth to the right of the entrance (you literally can’t miss it) to get your tix and then after going through security you can head to the 6th floor for a cocktail bar with a little view or take the elevator (all the way up) to the 8th floor for the real deal. To give you an idea, you can see all of Gran Vía and more.
Mercado de San Antón
Calle de Augusto Figueroa, 24, 28004 Madrid
After making your way through two floors of a delicious, eclectic market you’ll reach the third floor of the Mercado de San Antón in Chueca, which is a gorgeous outdoor terrace restaurant enclosed by a clear glass which allows you to see down a few quaint streets. From high top tables to comfy couches, the seating environment is varied and the bar is well-staffed. Drinks are reasonably priced for such a cute and classy environment. If you want seating outside, try to beat the rush. This place is perfect for a few pre-dinner drinks with friends, and since the layout doesn’t really invite the best photo-opps, it is also a good chance to embrace the Spanish lifestyle, chatting and being completely present.
So if you can’t already tell, I can assure you that these must-see scenic view hot spots are definitely worthwhile (I have been to them myself so this is not just some outsider’s review), to the point where photos can’t even do them justice. I really encourage you to try them out because, truthfully, the best way to see an entire city is, well, to literally see the entire city.