There's a local proverb that says "From Madrid, straight to heaven". This Spanish expression accurately reflects how Madrileños feel about their city, where the pleasant weather most of the year has much to do with their friendly and open characters. The city is vibrant in its bustle and charm, and from the end of March until mid October, Spaniards like to stay outdoors. You will find that terraces are packed during the day, especially in the summer season when temperatures rise to 38 degrees. But it is after sunset that they become really popular, beating the heat with an endless flow of cold drinks.
Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid
If you are in the city centre around the Gran Via area, take a lift to the rooftop of the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, a major multidisciplinary centre with one of the most dynamic cultural programmes in the city. It has exhibition halls, a cinema, theatre, concert halls, lecture halls, artists' workshops, a library, cafeteria, shop and many other facilities.
Every day, there are activities in the areas of the visual arts, music, film, performance, literature, science, philosophy and poetry. The building that houses the Círculo de Bellas Artes was designed by architect Antonio Palacios in 1926, and from this emblematic building you can take in some of the best views of Spain's capital city while having a drink or a bite on its rooftop terrace.
© Círculo de Bellas Artes
Palacio de Comunicaciones
Close to the Círculo de Bellas Artes you will find another iconic building designed by the same architect, Palacio de Comunicaciones, without doubt the most prominent structure on Plaza de Cibeles. Built in 1909 as the headquarters of the Postal and Telegraphic Museum, in 2007 the landmark Modernist building became Madrid's City Hall. Up on its sixth floor, you will find the Palacio de Cibeles restaurant and its terrace, open during summer when you can enjoy a glass of champagne in the presence of the goddess Cibeles.
© Terraza Copas Noche Palacio Comunicaciones
El Mirador del Thyssen
Walking southwards to the famous museums triangle, you will find the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum with the biggest private art collection in Spain. Head to the fifth floor for the beautiful El Mirador del Thyssen terrace that looks over to Paseo del Prado. Enjoying delicious Mediterranean cuisine in such a unique setting is a perfect conclusion to a tour through the impressive art collection.
© El Mirador del Thyssen
The 5-star Ritz Hotel terrace is one of our favourites. During summer months, the shaded terrace and manicured gardens of the Hotel Ritz are transformed into magical, candlelit venues where marble tables with crisp linens offer elegant alfresco dining, with recipes prepared and served by the Goya Restaurant.
If relaxed drinks are more your thing, don't miss the cosy Dry Martini terraced bar at the Gran Hotel Melia Fenix. The extensive menu, designed by famous barman Javier de las Muelas, offers everything from a classic Dry Martini cocktail to a selection of his original recipes.
The Dry Terrace © Dry Martini
No stop in Madrid is complete with a stop at the new 5-star boutique hotel, The Principal, an amazing 1907 neo-Renaissance building with beautiful views over Gran Vía. On its sixth floor you will find 'El Ático' and 'La Terraza' bordered by olive groves, an ideal place to sip a cocktail and enjoy some delicious bites by Chef Ramón Freixa.
Palacio de Fortuny
For a fun night with friends, head to the best terrace in Madrid, Palacio de Fortuny, a stately palace in the exclusive Almagro area where you can dance under the moonlight until six in the morning, surrounded by Madrid's elite in the palace's lush and romantic courtyard.