As evening blankets the city, Madrid takes on a special kind of magic.
With the sunset in Madrid comes a carefree leaving-behind of the busy day. In its place comes an atmosphere of fun and festivities. Terraces and outdoor hangouts all around the capital fill to capacity every evening as locals sip drinks and chat with friends to get the night going. Want to really experience the magic of a sunset in Madrid? Here are a few of our favorite spots.
1. Hotel ME Madrid
The terrace of Hotel ME Madrid in Plaza Santa Ana is such a spectacular place to watch the sunset in Madrid that it’s often referred to simply as “The Roof.” The classy clientele and cocktails mean that a nice dress code is enforced, but once inside the views can’t be beat. The hotel itself is located a bit off the beaten path in the charming Huertas neighborhood, so you won’t be fighting aside hordes of tourists as you sip your drink and enjoy the views.
Address: Plaza Santa Ana, 14
2. Cerro del Tío Pío Park
This one is a bit of a hike from the city center, but well worth it. Tucked away in the humble working-class Vallecas neighborhood lies Cerro del Tío Pío Park, a beautiful green space and a hidden gem when it comes to watching the sunset in Madrid. Bring a picnic and set yourself up on one of the lush green hills while you watch the daylight fade from the sky. Since it’s a bit further out, this is also the perfect spot to catch views of the city itself at sunset.
Address: Calle Benjamín Palencia, 2
3. Óscar’s Terrace
The modern lounge atmosphere atop the popular Room Mate Óscar hotel in trendy Chueca is more than just one of Madrid’s best rooftop bars. Although the drinks and music are excellent, what truly makes this place stand out are the stunning views, especially at sunset. Known as Óscar’s Terrace, it offers panoramic views of the entire capital, best enjoyed from one of the many comfortable chaise lounges.
Address: Plaza de Pedro Zerolo, 12
4. Temple of Debod
This popular place to watch the sunset in Madrid is a crowded tourist attraction by day, but not many hang around until nightfall. A special kind of magic hangs in the air at this authentic ancient Egyptian temple (which was relocated from Egypt to Madrid brick by brick!). Get there a bit early to wander the grounds before the temple itself closes, then head behind the structure for amazing sunset views over the Almudena Cathedral and Casa del Campo park.
Address: Calle de la Torrecilla del Leal, 10
5. Círculo de Bellas Artes
The terrace atop the Círculo de Bellas Artes has become so popular that you have to pay a small fee to enter. However, the views and atmosphere here are unbeatable. Treat yourself to a cocktail at the rooftop bar or head to the elegant Tartán Roof restaurant to enjoy a sunset meal. Despite the crowds, it’s truly a magical place to watch the sunset in Madrid.
Address: Calle de Alcalá, 42
6. Gymage Lounge Resort
At first glance, Gymage looks like…a gym. Seemingly not the best place to watch the sunset in Madrid (and possibly the last place you want to be while on vacation!). However, this unique “urban resort” is so much more than just a gym. In fact, it’s home to an incredible rooftop terrace and pool that’s open to anyone! What’s more, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the low drink prices despite the luxurious atmosphere.
Address: Calle de la Luna, 2
7. Parque de Tierno Galván
Make a day of your visit to this unique park and cap it off with a sunset in Madrid! Tierno Galván Park is home to a fascinating planetarium, which is worth a visit itself. Head there earlier in the day to check it out, then hang around for the sunset. The park also includes a space known as Open Air Madrid, which hosts outdoor concerts, cultural events and movie screenings when the weather is nice.
Address: Calle Meneses, 4
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.