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The Best Views from the Faro de Moncloa

Written by Daniella

Madrid is a wonderful city full of beautiful elements. The capital of Spain is the most important city in our country, and it has some great views if you manage to find the right location. These views show the emblematic buildings and the skyline of the capital, a delight that many tourists do not want to miss. If there is one place that allows you to see Madrid’s skyline from up high, it is the Faro de Moncloa, the lighthouse. This building is 110 meters high, and it is designed to be able to see the city in all its splendor. Today, this article by ShMadrid will tell you all about the fantastic views from the Lighthouse of Moncloa.

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Enjoy the views from the Faro de Moncloa

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The Faro de Moncloa is located at Avinguda Arco de la Victoria 2, near the metro stop of Moncloa. It is a lighting tower that was built in 1992, coinciding with the designation of Madrid as the European Capital of Culture. The tower has panoramic elevators that run a 92-meter journey and transport visitors to the central dome, in the highest part of the tower, where you can see spectacular views of Spain’s capital. Going up to the viewpoint of the Faro de Moncloa is an unforgettable experience. Allow yourself to take some time absorbing the many monuments through its huge windows: the Palacio Real, the Catedral de la Almudena, the building from Telefónica on the Gran Vía, the Cuatro Torres… and focusing on the background, you will start to see the summits of the Sierra de Guadarrama. You can buy your tickets to the viewpoint on the ground floor of the lighthouse, and you can take advantage of your visit to the lighthouse by also discovering other monuments and places of interest in its surroundings. The opening hours of the tower are from 9.30 am to 8 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. (the last elevator ride is at 7:30 pm) The lighthouse is closed on Mondays.

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The first place we recommend visiting is located in the vicinity of the Faro de Moncloa. It is the Museo de América. This museum is specialized in collections from different cultures of the American continent, and it has unique pieces of great historical-artistic value. The museum is located at Avinguda de los Reyes Católicos 6, near the metro stop of Moncloa. The opening hours are as follows: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Thursdays from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm and Sundays and public holidays from 10 am to 3:00 pm. Another very interesting museum to visit near the Moncloa Lighthouse, is the Museo del Traje, the Costume Museum. Take a journey to the sixteenth century by observing history through its clothing. It is located on Avinguda Juan de Herrera 2, and the closest stop is the Ciudad Universitaria. The opening hours are from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm and on Sundays and holidays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. As you can see, Madrid offers many possibilities to enjoy the city, and one of them is the Faro de Moncloa and its nearby museums. They turn a normal day into an extraordinary day full of culture.

Have you visited the lighthouse? What did you think of the views?

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Daniella loves to write and translate. Her bucket list is filled with beautiful places she still needs to visit.

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