Visiting and discovering Madrid is a real pleasure whatever the season. Indeed, the city is full of impressive, interesting and charming places and offers many activities that make everyone feel at home.
To admire the beauty of the city from the sky, the best option is to go to the Moncloa Lighthouse, which offers an incredible view of the Spanish capital. And since the pleasure of holidays starts at the very beginning of the journey, the best option to travel is our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains. So, don't wait any longer and book your tickets!
What is the Moncloa Lighthouse?
It’s a monument located in the district of Moncloa-Aravaca, –Avenida de los Reyes Católicos, 6– in the heart of the capital's 92-metre high university area, which offers a breathtaking view of the city.
Its modern and particular architecture –a large half-moon-shaped glazed plateau resting on a cylindrical base and topped by an antenna– makes it a monument known by all Madrid residents.
To reach its summit, an outdoor panoramic elevator will take you in 50 seconds to a viewing platform entirely surrounded by glass from which you can admire, over 360 degrees, the urban landscape of Madrid, its suburbs to the Sierra Guadarrama and all its characteristic monuments.
A bit of history…
The Moncloa Lighthouse was built in 1992, when Madrid was named European Capital of Culture. It is the work of architect Salvador Pérez Arroyo and is 110 meters high, making it the eleventh tallest building in the city, visible from all over the northwest of the urban area. The tower not only welcomes many tourists as well as Madrid residents who wish to admire the city, but it is also very useful since it serves as a support for the radio and communication antennas of the Madrid City Council.
Visiting the Lighthouse…
A place to see the whole city
The Moncloa Lighthouse is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 8.30 pm (last entrance at 7.30 pm), but also on some Mondays when they correspond to holidays and periods of festivities.
The prices are quite affordable as admission is free for children under 6 years old, €1.5 for 7 – 14 years old and €3 for adults.
For safety reasons, the number of visitors is limited and only one wheelchair for people with reduced mobility at a time can access the platform. Dogs are not allowed.
Once at the top of the viewpoint, you’ll be able to admire the Royal Palace, the Cathedral of Almudena, the Telefónica building on the Gran Vía, the skyscrapers of the Cuatro Torres Business Area, the roofs, the streets and alleys, depending on the period the sunset and / or the lights... If you look beyond the city, you will be transported to the Sierra de Guadarrama.
The site also offers the Lighthouse explorer service, which uses a tablet to locate the various monuments and get closer to them virtually... The best thing left to do may be to enjoy the show that is available to you.
On the way back, so that the holidays continue, we take care of your transport; all you have to do is relax and admire the magnificent landscapes that pass before your eyes from the window of your Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation High Speed Train.