One of the absolute best things about Madrid in the summertime is the opportunity to enjoy life in the streets. It is true that madrileños spend a great deal of time outdoors all year round, but there is just something special about being able to do so when the weather is nice. Now that the summer is here, why not take the time to have a drink and/or something to eat at one of the many terrazas that Spain’s capital has to offer? Of course there are many outdoor dining options available this time of year, but why settle for just any terrace when you can have one with spectacular views? Here are five suggestions of terraces in Madrid with Spectacular Viewsthat that certainly worth a visit.

 Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes

Restaurante El Ventorrillo

(c/Bailén, 14)

Though this restaurant is not usually known by its proper name — Restaurante El Ventorrillo — it has some of the most breathtaking views of any terrace in the city. Referred to as La Terraza de Vistillas, this street level restaurant sits atop one of the highest points in the city, resulting in excellent views of La Catedral de la Almudena, the Palacio Real, Casa de Campo, and beyond. Not known for being the most economical option in the city, after watching the sun set over Madrid on a summer afternoon in good company, you’ll be more than happy to pay a little extra for food and beverages that are rather average.

 

Casa de Granada

(c/Doctor Cortezo, 17)

A little known secret located right on Plaza Tirso de Molina is the bar/restaurant Casa de Granada. Located in an office building with the entrance from c/Doctor Cortezo, 17, this establishment is a full-service restaurant in the tradition of the ‘casas’ located in the center of Madrid which specialize in regional cuisine and in their origin catered to people from other parts of the country who were residing in the capital. Perhaps traditional food and beverages from Granada are served here, but whether they are or not, the most important aspect of the place is the view. Though not excessive in size, the balcony-style terrace has just enough room for no more than a dozen tables, but has stunning views of the south of the Madrid and out past the city limits to open country. Despite being known by few people, the terrace fills up quickly, so if you avoid going at peak times you’re more likely to get a table.

 

El Mirador de Vallecas

(c/Ramón Pérez Ayala, s/n)

El mirador de Vallecas

 

Another well guarded secret in Madrid is El Mirador de Vallecas. Offering by far the best views of Madrid city, this terrace is located in El Parque del Cerro del Tío Pío, colloquially known as El Parque de las Siete Tetas. Although this establishment doesn’t stand out for its menu items, the panoramic view of Madrid is absolutely amazing; you can see a plethora of famous buildings, be it Torre de Madrid, Torrespaña, las Torres Kio, or the skyscrapers in the north of the city. This is the most recommended place to watch the sunset in Madrid.

 

La Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes

(c/Alcalá, 42)

Located in the center of the city, this terrace is by far one of the best the capital has to offer. Access is provided by a glass elevator from the top floor of the building, tickets for which can be purchased in reception for three euros. On the roof of the building there is a bar/restaurant — called Tartan Roof — where you can enjoy all sorts of fusion dishes which incorporate elements of Asian and South American cuisine. In addition to the excellent food, the views are also stellar, allowing for a panoramic view of Madrid right from the city center.

 

La Terraza del Urban

(Carrera de San Jerónimo, 34)

Famed as being the best rooftop bar in Madrid, La Terraza del Urban will certainly fulfill your expectations. Tapas are served, including caviar, oysters, and mini-hamburgers, which can be accompanied by a wide variety of cocktails or other beverages. Only open during the summer, you don’t want to miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind venue. After all, it hasn’t achieved its reputation from nothing. Why not go find out how?