Madrid is renowned for having the most incredible sunsets, but the question is: where are the best places to watch it from?
I have visited many locations to answer this exact question, so fret not. There is no need to waste your time, merely try any of these places from the list below, and you will not be disappointed.
Here are my favourite places to go:
- Temple de Debod
If you fancy a completely free place to watch the sunset, why not visit the Temple Debod:theancient Egyptian temple, built in 2nd century BC, donated as a gift by the Egyptian government in the 20th century, and moved to Madrid brick by brick! The stones are located in the heart of the RosaledadelParque del Oeste, whichis a tourist destination by itself. Nevertheless, being situated on the top of a hill, means you can experience a panoramic view across the whole of the central Madrid, as well as Casa de Campo: the central park of Madrid. It is the perfect place to watch the vibrant sunset with your friends in the park. *why not share a picnic and bottle of wine whilst the sun goes down!*
- Hotel Riu
If you have ever been to Plaza España you have undoubtedly seen the Riu Hotel. With 27 floors, it is one of the highest and most luxurious rooftops in Madrid, and a truly special and unforgettable experience. Although, the hotel has an entrance fee of €10, I personally believe you cannot leave Madrid without visiting this iconic rooftopat least once!
- Casa Suecia
A slightly more expensive way to the see the sunset with a €12 entry fee, however the receipt also actsas a voucher for drinks on arrival (a Gin& Tonic or two beers). Whilst there is lots of outdoor seating, I would advise getting there early and watch the sunset from 5pm onwards, so that you and your friends can find the perfect spot on the sofas to watch the sunsetcompletely unrestricted.
- Sky bar 44, Gran Vía
With no entrance fee, and located right next to the iconic Schweppes building on Gran Via, and in the privileged position at the highest point of this street, the 9th floor of this chic rooftopbar offers the ideal sunset location of Madrid´s central shopping street. However, I would recommend booking in advance to reserve a table close to the surrounding glass for the best seat in the house.
- El Viajero, La Latina
This trendy terrace is located in the heart of La Latina, the ´hip´ and young region of Madrid. It may only be4 floors up, but with its stylish interior, plants and fairy lights, and trendy outdoor seating, this makes for the best spot for drinks and tapas on a budget. If you want to be surrounded by madrilleños, go on a Sunday (La Latina is famous for being a lively and busy area on that day) to enjoy a truly authentic, Spanish experience.
- Circulo de bellas artes
This rooftop terrace has now become so popular that you have to pay a small entry fee on arrival. However, the 360-degreeview is breathtaking and well worth the price (€5). Treat yourself to one of the cocktails at the bar, or (if you can afford to) head to the elegant Tartán Roof restaurant for a sunset meal, and an utterly picturesque view of the city.
I hope you enjoyed these recommendations, and I´m confident you will find your ´perfect´ sunset!