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.
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.
- Download our useful brochure with information about the Faro de Moncloa (PDF) (Spanish / English) (2.9 MB)
3 euros (1.5 euros for 7 to 14 year olds, the unemployed, over-65s and disabled persons. Free for children under 6). Tickets can be bought in the main hall or online. They are hour-specific.
Tue-Sun: 9:30am-8pm (last entry 7:30pm). Closed on Mondays (except for special events). Open: 20 March, 10 April and 15 May
Entry: Maximum stay of 30 minutes (last admission at 7.30pm). Tickets are sold for specific times in the main lobby. Tickets can be bought in the main hall or online. They are hour-specific.
Note: For security reasons, there cannot be more than one wheelchair at the same time at the viewpoint.
The Faro de Moncloa is open to visitors weather permitting. In adverse weather conditions, the observation deck shall remain closed.
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