Founded by a group of artists in 1880 and reorganized during the Movida in 1983, Circulo de Bellas Artes has served as an integral hub of art, education, and culture in Madrid since its inception. The nonprofit arts center houses vast collections of visual art, as well as its own cinema, theater, and radio station. Enjoy foreign and independent films in their original languages, or attend a concert, play, or presentation. The 1926 building, designed by the architect Antonio Palacios, is as emblematic as the art within it. The modern rooftop lounge is a popular place to have a cocktail while enjoying panoramic views of the city--it has a relaxed vibe and plenty of seating. People watchers will enjoy lunch at La Pecera (The Fishbowl), which boasts premium views of the Calle Alcalá through floor-to-ceiling windows. Circulo de Bellas Artes is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Madrid Edition.
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Circulo de Bellas Artes Reviews
Fuí al Circurlo, como lo he hecho muchas veces desde el 2008, y me encontré con buenas exposiciones y disfrute mucho la terraza a medío día. more »I went to the Circurlo, as I have done many times since 2008, and I came across good exhibitions and greatly enjoyed the terrace on a measured day.
Have a nice view over the city. Drinks do not cost that much. We were there in the morning and it was not so crowded. more »
Incredible view from the rooftop! A bit pricey overall- 4€ to get to the rooftop and anywhere from 5-15€ for a drink, but well worth it for the view. Filled to the brim with tourists (like me) but a fun atmosphere.
Spectacular views, particularly at sunset. Will have to pay 4 Euro entry, but definitely worth it. Make sure you get there early as there is a long line to get to the top before sunset. Luckily they don’t let too many people up at a time, so it’s really nice and relaxing.
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