See Madrid from a brand new perspective by climbing up to one of the city's many vantage points and taking in the breathtaking panoramic views across the Spanish capital. We've hand-picked five must-see places that offer an alternative view of this stunning city with its magnificent landscapes. The trains of Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation will take you to Madrid at high-speed and you will have the chance to discover the city's treasures.
The terrace at Círculo de Bellas Artes
The terrace at Círculo de Bellas Artes – Wikimedia Commons - Felipe Gabaldón
At the top of this prestigious building, which houses a fine art museum, you'll find a sumptuous terrace, where you can sip a cocktail while admiring the panoramic views across the city.
Practical information: To access the terrace, take the lift in the museum entrance hall. You can purchase tickets at the main reception. Tickets cost €4 for adults and €3 for children.
Address: Calle de Alcalá, 42, 28014, Madrid. Metro: Sevilla
The viewpoint at Palacio de Cibeles
Climb to the top of the tallest tower of Madrid's historic and iconic building, where you'll be greeted with a stunning view across the city, as well as a chance to get inside its City Hall.
Practical information: Tickets to access the viewpoint cost €3 per adult and €1.50 per child (under 12). Entry is free on the first Wednesday of the month. If you want a tour, you'll need to book beforehand at the ticket desk located next to the building's main entrance.
Address: Plaza de Cibeles, 1, 28014, Madrid. Metro: Banco de España
Teleférico de Madrid
Teleférico de Madrid - teleferico.com
The cable car cabins offer the best panoramic views of Madrid. Take a ride through the skies and see the Spanish capital from an entirely new perspective.
Practical information: Tickets for the cable car can be purchased from the ticket desks. If you want to avoid the queues, you can also buy tickets online. A return journey costs €5.80, while a one-way ticket is €4.
Templo de Debod
Templo de Debod - Wikimedia Commons - Jiuguang Wang
The Templo de Debod is an Egyptian temple that sits atop the Príncipe Pío hill. From here, you can admire the stunning view of the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, and the majestic dome of the San Francisco el Grande Basilica.
Address: Calle Ferraz, 1, 28008, Madrid. Metro: Plaza de España (lines 3 and 10)
Gaudeamus café, edificio Escualas Pías
Edificio de las escuelas Pías - Wikimedia Commons - Gaelx
This café, on the fourth floor of the historic Pías school building, features one of Madrid's best terraces. Relax, order a drink and contemplate the landscape. And don't forget to visit the inside of the building, including its stunning library.
Address: Calle de Tribulete, 14, 28012, Madrid. Metro: Lavapiés