Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid

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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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  • Enjoy the views of Madrid is beautiful, with its snowcapped mountains and its wonderful buildings. Climbing costs 4 euros (3 with student card) the only downside, baths. Dirty and in a lamentable state.
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  • The roof of the Círculo de bellas artes is a landmark for having one of the best views of madrid. That has a number of disadvantages such as being surrounded by tourists, a service wanting you to go so there is rotation and a count of 16 euros by Gin and tonic after the 4 for the terrace. It is worth to know him
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  • The views from the terrace of the Círculo de Bellas Artes are fantastic, it is an image that impresses. However, it is expensive: because not only entry, but the cafeteria, which has prices of scandal.
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  • Amazing views. Amazing lounge seats and water sprinklers. Great (pricey, though) cocktails. A pity we did not find and light snacks during the day (before 9 pm). We were craving for peanuts, a piece of fruit or ice cream. Ambience, music - all perfect for lazy midday siesta. A bit crowded in the evening. But hey - it's Madrid afterall!
  • Fantastic terrace and quite often good exhibitions although having lived in Madrid for 8 years you can really see the prices shoot up. The terrace has definitely become a tourist trap and the bar staff may try and over charge you. Even speaking fluent Spanish I was overcharged 10 euros. After realising the real prices of drinks I confronted the barman and he had my 10 euro note aside from the bar and told me he was saving it for me. What a joke. Still one of the best views of Madrid so would recommend it to both tourists and locals - just be careful not to get ripped off.
  • Rooftop bar with a great view. Really expensive for Madrid but you pay for the lovely surroundings I guess. The café at street level serves a really good breakfast for next to nothing. Highly recommended.
  • Beautiful place if you are visiting Madrid. Go to the last floor to take something and enjoy Madrid views. I really recommend go to see that historic building
  • Went to the Aztoea terrace. AMAZING views. And affordable drinks. A must visit.

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