TOP 3 ROOFTOPS IN MADRID
Madrid is a city known worldwide for its night-life and bar scene. At the same time, the city is also known for its baroque and neoclassical architecture. These architectural styles make the views of the city landscape of Madrid breathtaking. To enjoy the beautiful urban landscape of Madrid, it is a must to stop by Madrid’s rooftops for a drink, bite to eat, or just to stop and admire the view. Today I will take you on a tour of 3 of the best and most unique Madrid rooftops that will give you a sneak peek of Madrid’s best rooftop bar scene.
Círculo de Bellas Artes
Located just blocks away from the city’s famous Fuente de Cibeles and Banco de España, this theater and performing arts center offers one of the best views in Madrid. After enjoying a performance at the theater, pay the 5-euro entrance fee for the Azotea del Círculo rooftop. In addition to offering a panoramic view of Madrid’s city center, the space is home to a great rooftop bar scene.
Ultimately, the view from Azotea del Circulo is worth it within itself. After accessing the rooftop, be sure to take as many photos as you choose capturing the different angles and views of Madrid’s buildings and landmarks. The drinks are on the more expensive side, but the bar nonetheless offers some tasty and creative cocktails that can be enjoyed while you take in this breathtaking view of the city.
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Sky Bar- Hotel Riu Plaza España
Plaza de España, one of the most important intersections within the city located on the city’s main thoroughfare Gran Vía, is home to another rooftop gem. Atop the 2-year-old Hotel Riu Plaza España, on the 27th floor, hosts the Sky Bar, offering tourists and locals a 360º view of Madrid from the rooftop.
Enjoy a glass of Spanish white wine and a plate of light snacks or appetizers while taking in the magnificent view of Plaza de España, Plaza Mayor, Casa de Campo, and the wide-open boulevard of the Gran Vía. Many guests who frequent the bar rave about their cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan. Similar to Azotea de Círculo, the Sky Bar offers a 5-euro cover charge on weekdays and 10 euros on weekends to non-hotel guests. The cover charge is well worth it as the Sky Bar offers one of the most exhilarating experiences, a glass walkway 4.5 meters long and suspended in the air at 100 meters. The walkway connects two of the rear towers of the building offering a glass bottom view of the city below feeling as if you are flying through the Madrid sky!
For these reasons, this rooftop bar with a view has quickly become one of the most sought-after places in the city to visit so try to book in advance if possible during weekends and holidays to avoid the long entry line for this spectacular panoramic view of the entire Madrid Community.
Picos Pardos Sky Lounge
Looking for a place to unwind after classes? Wanting to take a dip in the pool on a sunny Madrid afternoon? In the heart of Salamanca, you can do just that at the Picos Pardos Sky Lounge, a rooftop with chill vibes atop the 5-star Bless Hotel. Like the Salamanca neighborhood, this place is cosmopolitan and trendy offering more panoramic views of the city only 8 floors above the streets below.
At this rooftop lounge you can recline in a cozy lounge chair or a Balinese bed with a signature cocktail such as the ‘Bless Colada’ or choose your favorite Spanish wine from an extensive wine selection. Your options at Picos Pardos are not just limited to drinks, as the rooftop bar offers a premium menu created by Michelin award winning chef Martín Berasategui where you can enjoy modern specialties such as ceviche or carpaccio.
P.S.-The pool is free for hotel guests but can also be accessed by non-guests for a small fee and is open daily from 11am to 8pm. For more information about Madrid activities and events click here.
During your stay in Madrid, be sure to check out one of these rooftop bars to enhance your urban experience in this beloved Spanish city. The views from these Madrid rooftops are sure to be nothing less than breathtaking with panoramic views of every historical landmark within Madrid. With delicious drinks and a fun social atmosphere, the venues are a perfect spot to go meet friends, pre-game for a night out, or unwind after a long day as you enjoy the pool while sipping a martini, cosmopolitan, or your favorite Spanish wine. Cheers!