From Madrid to heaven... The expression that reflects Madrid’s atmosphere so well is truer than ever. Two panoramic lifts take visitors 92 metres up to the impressive Faro de Moncloa viewpoint, standing tall over the heart of Madrid’s Ciudad Universitaria. This former transmission tower was built by architect Salvador Pérez Arroyo in 1992, the year in which the city was named European Capital of Culture, and stands at 110 metres tall.
Going up to the Faro de Moncloa observation deck is quite an experience. Just let your gaze wander through the huge glass windows. A whole series of monuments stretches out in front of you: the Royal Palace, La Almudena Cathedral, the Telefónica building on Gran Vía, the Cuatro Torres Business Area and, in the background, the peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range. On clear days you can see for a hundred kilometres.
Information panels describe the city's growth over the course of its history, and feature scale drawings of the main buildings visible from the observation deck, together with details about their construction and a few interesting facts, in Spanish and English. Edifices that can be seen include Torrespaña, Cibeles Palace, the San Isidro Cemetery, or the "Crown of Thorns" historical heritage centre.
The Observation Deck closes on Mondays (except public holidays and special openings). The Tourist Information Point is open all year around.
OPEN on the following Mondays: 2 and 16 May
- Museum of the Americas
Right next door to Faro de Moncloa you'll find this interesting museum, which houses collections from a number of cultures from across the American continent, including the Quimbaya Treasure, the most important set of precious metals from the Americas.
- Tourist Information Point
The observation tower also houses a tourist information point at its base. It opens 365 days a year, from 9.30am to 8.30pm and provides general information about the city, the events that are taking place, and the products and services Madrid City Council offers tourists, such as the Official Guided Tours, the Madrid Card sightseeing pas and the Madrid City Tour hop-on hop-off bus.