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Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
(4.1/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Madrid travel itinerary maker to visit Circulo de Bellas Artes on your trip to Madrid, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Círculo de Bellas Artes has a good cultural offer, although it should open the exhibitions throughout the day, a jewel is its terrace, which can be an or enjoy a spectacular view of the city of Madrid, it has a very nice bar, is a stop not to be missed
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  • A mine of cultural activities affordable and, at times, free, what is very remarkable. Perhaps we should separate opinions in relation to the "famous" terrace, which in its day was OK, but today it is crowded. It is annoying that you are going to see an exhibition and people queue up to the terrace increpe you that you want to brew. It seems that it is fashionable ignore what the Círculo de Bellas Artes is actually.
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  • Originally, we wanted to look there in the daytime, but was a large queue, so we wait until the evening and without a queue. The terrace is backlit and plays on her pleasant music. In the evening you can see beautifully nasvětlený Madrid and it really is worth it. On the terrace of a bar, but no one is forcing you to order anything.
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  • Such a gorgeous view! Being in Madrid for the first time, it felt like such a classy place to be. It has amazing views, trendy bar, and overall a great experience!
  • Art gallery good. Rooftop patio is great viewing, HOWEVER don't stay for food or drinks. Staff is extremely rude and they don't want you to stay. Took nearly 20 monotony order coffee, another 20 minutes to get a menu. In addition, we were overcharged. Plenty of other great places to see Madrid. I will definitely not be going back here.
  • You really only pay for the view. There are exhibitions on two of the six floors if you're willing to pay an extra euro though they can be a bit hit and miss. The lift is soooooo old. It took forever to get up to the top.
  • The views from this place are the best you can get in the city. No joke. Doesn't matter if you're a tourist or a national, the picture is outstanding. You have to pay to get to the roof, but it's totally worth it. You will get the best pictures for your instagram too. There's also a bar-lounge-pub situation going on, really fancy.
  • The view is stunning but the loud chart dance being pumped out across the whole terrace kills the vibe