Categories: Madrid

Faro de Moncloa observation deck : Madrid


If you want to get grand views of Madrid from above then you really only have one option, the somewhat bizarre observation deck on the Faro de Moncloa tower. You can’t miss it. Aside from the business area, Spain does not have many skyscrapers, and so the tower is very visible from almost anywhere in Madrid. It’s 92 meters high and was built in 1992 to celebrate Madrid as the European Capital of Culture. It was closed for a while since 2005 but has recently been reopened for the public following renovations. Still, it has that 90s feel to it, and the observation deck was small, with no aircon, and there is no close access to the windows to get a good shot of the view. Odd choices for an observation deck. There was hardly anyone there when I was visiting (Christmas), but I can see how the single small elevator would not be able to service the masses, if this tower was ever to somehow become popular.

Shall we go up?

Let’s take in the Madrid view…

Nearby is the Victory arch, and together these two make quite the couple…


Not a must, but if you’re in the area and/or want to see Madrid from above, then this is a good way to spend 30min. Hopefully, there won’t be too many people waiting to go up.

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