Madrid is beautiful everywhere you look. At street level you can admire the beautiful architecture that rises towards the sky, but also from the heights you can get breathtaking views. One of the best places in Madrid to appreciate its unforgettable skyline is the terrace of the «Círculo de Bellas Artes».
It is a space that often goes unnoticed even for the locals themselves, but that you should visit if you are at the capital. If you want to discover all the possibilities that await you at the «Círculo de Bellas Artes» in Madrid, do not miss detail.
The flat roof the «Círculo de Bellas Artes»
The flat roof of the» Círculo de Bellas Artes» is one of the most pleasant places of Madrid. It is located at 56 meters above sea level on the roof of a historic building.
From there you can see an extraordinary view of the city center that does not leave anyone indifferent. «Alcalá» and «Gran Vía» street on one side, and to the other side buildings like the Church of «Los Jerónimos», the Palace of the «Cibeles» or the Towers of Columbus.
We recommend you a visit to the terrace of the «Circulo de Bellas Artes» in the evening so you can enjoy the sunset. Do it while you relax on a deck chair or in one of the Balinese beds with an exquisite drink in hand.
Take advantage and say good night there! In summer it stays open until two o’clock in the morning. You can access to the roof top through an elevator.
The «Pecera of the Circulo de Bellas Artes»
Another possibility that the building offers is the visit to the restaurant «La Pecera del Círculo de Bellas Artes», where you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of Madrid in a unique environment.
The hall, which follows the lines of neoclassical architecture and it is surrounded by art, dazzles at first sight. This is the former «Conversation Room» of the «Círculo de Bellas Artes», which has been a silent witness of the passage of time.
The restaurant «La Pecera del Círculo de Bellas Artes» offers you a delicious menu at very affordable prices. You can also make a visit to enjoy a rich cocktail and even have breakfast.
The «Círculo de Bellas Artes» and its main artists
The «Círculo de Bellas Artes» is one of the most important private cultural centers in Europe. It was founded in 1880 and it is located at the junction of Alcalá and Gran Vía streets, in the heart of Madrid. By its rooms have been walking, not only famous figures of the Spanish cultural and scientific life such as Ramón and Caja, but also outstanding artists such as Picasso, Jacinto Benavente and Ramón Valle-Inclán.
From 1921 was considered Center of Protection of the Beautiful Arts and of Public Utility, and in 1981 was declared Historical National Artistic Monument. Its artistic background is really valuable, consisting of about 1,200 works of artistic facets such as painting, engraving, sculpture or drawing.
From the «Círculo de Bellas Artes», an enormous effort is made to create and spread the culture in a plural form. Hundreds of events are celebrated inside its walls every year as conferences, round tables, exhibitions, workshops, performances, concerts, readings or recitals. Here you can consult the intense programming of the «Círculo de Bellas Artes».
The opening hours of the «Círculo de Bellas Artes»
If you decide to visit this emblematic building you will have made a great decision. You can check the opening hours of the «Círculo de Bellas Artes» so you won´t miss a thing.
Exhibition Hall: From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (from Tuesday to Sunday).
Coffee Shop «La Pecera»: From 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday until 3:00 p.m.).
Rooftop terrace: From Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 21:00 h. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. This schedule varies according to the season of the year.
If you stay in Vitium, your luxury boutique hostel in Gran Vía, you will arrive in just 15 minutes by walking to the «Círculo de Bellas Artes» of Madrid.