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Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid

(4.1/5 based on 440+ 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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  • A majestic and different building. It has different spaces, a coffee in its low for a drink... Climb to the roof if the weather and enjoy the view of Madrid from above should.
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  • Great terrace on the roof! €4 entrance but the view is amazing! It is possible to take a worm, it's a little over price but the mojito was good!
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  • Not only offers a great variety of cultural activities (presentations, lectures, theatre, exhibitions...), but that it also has a terrace (above all) incredible and absolutely beautiful views of Madrid. Café which is located at the entrance is also worthy of praise, but above all the interior of the building, its staircase, mirrors and ceiling are spectacular. It is worth visiting it.
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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