Madrid has fantastic weather and even better sunsets! We’ve put together a list of the best places to catch a glimpse of sunsets in Madrid and they’re all accessible from the city centre on foot or public transport. So, pack your picnic, grab your camera and let us know how you enjoy our top picks!
The Temple of Debod is an impressive Egyptian building which is located beside Plaza de España in the Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña. The views at the park go from the Royal Palace to Casa de Campo and beyond. It makes a great spot to watch the sunsets in Madrid with plenty of benches and grassy areas to sit on ! We recommend taking a blanket and a small picnic and sitting on the grass at the back of the temple to watch the sun slowly inch down. If you’re heading there on a whim, there are usually people selling beers and water there for a few euros. We also think it’s a super romantic choice for date!
Located in Puente de Vallecas, Cerro del Tío Pío – Parque de las Siete Tetas is the perfect place to watch the sunset and you can do so from one of the seven ‘peaks’ that overlook the city. As it’s a little further away from the city, this also makes it the perfect place to check out the skyline of Madrid during the daytime too! Can you guess why a park with seven peaks might be called siete tetas?!
El Mirador de Pichón is in San Sebastián de Los Reyes. It’s much quieter than Temple de Debod and Parque de las Siete Tetas but nonetheless still a great place to go and watch the sun set down over the mountains in the outskirts of the busy city. There is even a shady spot at the top so you can sit down, relax, and take in the beautiful, tranquil views.
One of the most iconic buildings in Madrid is El Palacio Real and it is only a short walk from Puerta de Sol. The relatively new viewing spot is location between the Cathedral and the palace and looks out over the city and Casa de Campo. Although there is nowhere to sit down, we still think it’s worth the trip as it’s cool to watch the sun set over the city standing between the Cathedral and El Palacio Real.
The Teleférico is a cable car in Madrid that is based in Rosales and gives unbeatable panoramic views of the city, especially in the evening time when the sun begins to go down, you can also get great views of the Río Manzanares one of the main rivers that crosses through Madrid. The cable car is €6 for return or just €4.50 for one way. We can’t recommend it enough!
If you’ve been to Plaza de España I’m sure you’ve seen the Hotel Rui. You can’t miss it. Located 27 floors above the ground is the 360-degree rooftop terrace. Luckily this rooftop terrace isn’t just for the hotel guests to enjoy, for a small fee of €5 you can enter from 10am until 6pm and after that it is €10, but for the view you get we think it’s worth the money. Be sure to get down early on the weekends to avoid the crazy queues!
If you’re looking for the highest point in Madrid for the sunset then head to the Faro de Moncloa. The 92m tall tower provides a pretty spectacular spot to watch the sun go down. This is also a great spot to catch the colder winter sunsets too as it is inside and it costs only €3 to take the trip up to the top floor.
About an hour outside Madrid in the province of Guadalajara, you’ll find stunning lavender fields! We recommend waiting till dusk to go as it will be a little cooler and the colours of the sunset and the views of the field of lavender will be out of this world. Unfortunately, you can only visit these lavender fields during July. If you’re able to take the trip in July it is something we couldn’t recommend more. The lavender fields are only accessible by car.
The Oscar hotel is located in the centre of Chueca and is one worth taking a visit to. Even from the outside, it is impressive as its outside colours change which looks incredible at night time. However, that’s not the best part. The rooftop has views out over Chueca and makes for the perfect place to grab a cocktail sit back and take in the views. This place is even better during summer when the rooftop pool is open.
Located in one of the most iconic buildings in Madrid the Terraza de Cibeles is a must-do for anyone new to Madrid. This spot is on our list not just for the amazing views from the terrace on the 6th floor but also the stunning architecture. The building is located at the Plaza de Cibeles and in its early days was named the palace of communications, however, now it is called ‘Centrocentro’. As expected this place is pricey. With an entry fee of €10 and a minimum spend of €50 per person at the restaurant, this place is definitely one to keep for special occasions.
This is a park based in Arganzuela alongside the river and is a great place to watch the sun go down. There are plenty of places to throw a blanket down and take in the many colours of the sunset. It also has a pretty impressive bridge and beautifully maintained gardens that give it a modern element, which won’t disappoint in those dusky golden hours.
Once you’ve seen the sunsets of Madrid, why not go for a drink in one of the many trendy bars in Madrid. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook and tag us in your sunset photos and be sure to let us know which one is your favourite. If you are new to Madrid and are interested in learning Spanish, send us an e-mail and we will find classes tailored to you and your goals.