From the Metropolis building, we follow down Alcala street to Cibeles. To the right, we see the building of the Circle of Fine Arts and next to the building of the Bank of Spain.

These photographs, I took from the rooftop of Circulo de Bellas Artes, which are open to the public, where you can see great views of Madrid. From here, you can appreciate great views to the east and north of the city.

In the photo above, we can see in the foreground, the Palacio de Cibeles, which is the main subject on the photo. Behind this palace, is the Retiro Park, and further away you can see Torrespaña, telecommunications tower known as the Pirulí (Lollipop).

To the left of Torrespaña, is the Valencia Tower, which is a the beginning of O’Donnell street, and down a bit to the left, we see part of the Puerta de Alcalá.

In the photo below, to the north of Madrid, we can see the building of the Instituto Cervantes, in Alcala street, and behind this, we have the Palacio de Buenavista, the Spanish Army Headquarters, which is the square brick color building, behind the Cervantes Institute.

Panoramica de Madrid al Norte.
Panoramica de Madrid al Norte.

Further away, you can see the buildings of Torres de Colon (Columbus Towers), and Centro Colon, in the square of the same name.

In the picture below, we can see buildings of the Gran Vía, the dome of the Metropolis Building, Telefonica building, among others.

Madrid, desde la azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes.
Vistas al Este de Madrid, desde la azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes.

No doubt this is a fabulous place to see Madrid from the roof, however, we also suggest to see the view, from nearby Palacio de Cibeles, which is the prominent white building on the first photo above. From Cibeles Palace, the best views are to the West and North, so better to go in the morning.

There are many hotels that have opened their rooftops for their guests to enjoy as terrace bars and restaurants, which also worth visiting.