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From Madrid to heaven, the best views of the city

The city of Madrid is a metropolis that stretches a few kilometres to all directions, with tall buildings that block the view and do not let you see beyond them. But to have exceptional views of the capital, above the roofs and terraces as well as the mountains surrounding it, it is necessary to climb up high in order to get the best views. 

El Mirador del Palacio de Cibeles, located on the eighth floor of the current Ayuntamiento headquarters of Madrid, is considered by many as the best view ever. The truth is that the so-called Mirador de Madrid allows a very broad view of the capital at 360 degrees, which greatly increases its attractiveness.

One of the most attractive and visited areas, which gives you a panoramic view of Casa de Campo, is Montaña del Príncipe Pío mountain. Close to Plaza de España, it houses the Egyptian temple of Debod and also offers stunning pictures of the Almudena Cathedral and the Palacio Real (Royal Palace), especially at sunset.

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Photo: © Jacinta Lluch Valero (Flickr) 

The Moncloa lighthouse was built in 1992 and commemorates Madrid as the European Capital of Culture. Due to some technical problems, its public opening was delayed until 2015. This lighthouse has a height of 92 metres, which allows a complete view of the entire city. You can catch a glimpse of the University City and Sierra de Guadarrama. Shaped like a flying saucer, it also offers a 360-degree perspective on the capital.

One of Madrid's more traditional viewpoints is from the roof of Circulo de Bellas Artes. It offers great views, the most popular one being Gran Via, with the widely photographed Metrópolis building situated in this district. This rooftop bar features a huge sculpture of the goddess Minerva from the sculptor Juan Luis Vassallo.

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Photo: © Wikimedia

Another spectacular viewpoint, and the only moving one in Madrid, is the cable car. It runs from Paseo del Pintor Rosales through to Casa de Campo, moving at 40 metres high. From the cabins, you can see the western part of the city, where the Almudena, Palacio Real and Casa de Campo's park can be found. 

Also in the vicinity of Gran Via, it is worth mentioning the terrace that's on the ninth floor of the El Corte Inglés de Callao. The view stretches across the entire Gran Vía towards Plaza de España. The Madrid Tower in the background emits the perfect view as well as the Teatro Real and Almudena Cathedral.

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