With this average of 35°C very sweaty weather that we have been treated to in the past couple of weeks, and which has quickly become synonymous with a minimum of two showers a day and undesirable odors in the bus to university, sunset has already become everyone's favorite time of the day.
Because sunset is not just pretty colors in the sky. It's a concept. Watching the sun set usually links directly to having a few beers with friends in a nice place at that time when the whole city chills out after a day of work.
And because it is so special, the sunset in Madrid deserves to be watched from the best possible viewpoints. So if you are getting tired of the classic Templo de Debod sight (if that's even possible?...), here are a few addresses that will undoubtedly make your sunset experience one to be remembered.
ROOM MATE ÓSCAR
(Plaza de Vázqez de Mella, 12. Metro: Banco de España)
In the heart of Chueca, you will find this little piece of heaven of a terrace on the last floor of the Hotel Óscar, which is very easily recognizable thanks to the giant "DO YOU WANT TO SLEEP WITH ME?" sign on its front.
You will find an incredible view of the city and a modern lounge atmosphere - by which I mean of course white leather sofas for you to cuddle with and chilled out, silky music.
The prices are slightly higher (13€ for a cocktail and 6€ for a beer) but that definitely enters the "money well spent" category in your budget. Plus, about ten seconds away from Hotel Óscar is a certain El Tigre sidrería that has become particularly popular among students for its low prices and free food...
So who could refuse a 7€ glass of wine when dinner cost 2€50? Economics, my friend.
(Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera, 4. Metro: Banco de España)
They built it on the twelfth floor of the Hotel Innside Madrid Suecia and they called it "The Balcony", which is a bit of an understatement really, when you consider its extensive list of cocktails and eleven meter long swimming pool that overlooks the city.
The experience starts in the panoramic elevator, where you can already enjoy a great view of the Palacio de Cíbeles, and continues either in the sophisticated gastrobar on the eleventh floor, or on the actual terrace on the last floor.
The Balcony has consequently become a Madrid favorite, which has the advantage of being less touristic than the neighboring [Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes].(http://www.circulobellasartes.com/azotea.php)
Again, expect prices that match the view and the refined atmosphere of the place - over 4€ for a beer and cocktails from 12€.
CALLE BAILÉN - CALLE DE LA MORERÍA
(Calle de la Morería, 17. Metro: Opera)
he intersection between Calle Bailén and Calle de la Morería next to the Royal Palace might sound like a random spot for a sunset and yet - yet random spots are those that are most likely to surprise you.
And this is a good one, of the kind that you discover by chance as you're walking around, take a picture of because you need a new cover picture and promise yourself that you will go back to.
This little place is a bit higher up, which means that the view of the Palace and of the sun setting behind it is exceptional. And the best part?
You can bring your own 1€80 warm Mahou instead of paying three times the price just to get it in a nice glass. What more could you ask for?
HOTEL EXE MONCLOA
(Calle Arcipreste Hita, 10. Metro: Moncloa)
his could not get more ideal if you are a lazy student living in the Moncloa area. Literally facing the metro station is theHotel Exe Moncloa, next to the Mercado de Moncloa, which opens in the summer its gorgeous terrace and swimming pool, both of which are located on its last floor.
The terrace faces towards the Ciudad Universitaria, the Pardo, the Parque del Oeste and the Sierra de Guadarrama, which should immediately make you realize if your geography lessons at school have had any outcome at all, that it is an optimal spot to watch the sunset.
The inevitable white leather sofas will be waiting for you, as well as a fine gastronomical offer from the Mercado below - refreshments start from 6€. Make sure that you call beforehand, however, as the terrace closes when the weather isn't good enough.
GYMAGE LOUNGE RESORT
(Calle de la Luna, 2. Metro: Callao)
When you passed in front of Gymage Lounge Resort, you laughed out loud at the idea of the people inside carrying weights around and cried inside because you haven't worked out in seven months and a half. Little did you know that it was not just a gym.
It is also a health market, a beauty salon, a herbolarío, a restaurant and, of course, a terrace! And not just any one: the Gymage Terrace is a stylish venue for cool youngsters in search of a nice view of the sunset.
You, in fact. And don't let your gut feeling fool you with cries of fear at the sight of the luxurious decoration, because prices are more than reasonable. Refreshments start from 2€50 and the food menu is not only cheap (4€20 for a carrot cake, not one cent more) but also extremely yummy and healthy to the max. Plus, this technically counts as going to a gym. Feeling better are you?
HOTEL ME MADRID REINA VICTORIA
(Plaza de Santa Ana, 14. Metro: Puerta del Sol)
Hotels and hotels and more hotels! Because you couldn't get enough of them.
The Hotel ME Madrid is located in the heart of the barrio de las Letras, on one of Madrid's most charming plazas. Simply called "The Roof", the hotel's terrace is one of the city's most exclusive venues with a spectacular view that will be perfect either for a chilled night out or for a promising first date.
The decoration is original, from multicolored lights to marble tables, through comfortable pouffes and broken stone walls. Add to this a friendly service and exquisite cocktails, and you've got yourself a plan for next Friday evening.
PLAZA DE ORIENTE
(Plaza de Oriente. Metro: Opera)
he Plaza de Oriente, in front of the Royal Palace, is one of the most beautiful sights of Madrid, but also a top location to watch the sun set behind the Palace.
You can either sit next to the fountain, listening to the very likely to be there street musician, or at one of the numerous cafe's outside seating to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Opera area at that time of the day. [Café de Oriente](he Plaza de Oriente, in front of the Royal Palace, is one of the most beautiful sights of Madrid, but also a top location to watch the sun set behind the Palace.
You can either sit next to the fountain, listening to the very likely to be there street musician, or at one of the numerous cafe's outside seating to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Opera area at that time of the day. Café de Oriente for example, is a very good address with a friendly service, chic decoration and a great view of the entire place.