Summer in Madrid is all about getting out and enjoying the city. One of the best ways to do that is to go to one of the many rooftop terraces. You’ll find most of these, but not all, on the top of hotels around town. The big advantages are the spectacular views, the lack to traffic, noise and pollution and the uber-chic people and atmosphere. There are plenty to choose from and each has its own charm. Here are my favourites.

Hotel Ada Palace – Image

Right on Gran Via this terrace has amazing views of central Madrid with the Telefonica and Metropolis buildings being the absolute protagonists. It’s a huge terrace which wraps around three sides of the central atrium. Choose from the stools at the glass bar which offer absolutely fabulous views of the most emblematic buildings along Gran Via or slip into a sofa. Down a few steps and there is yet another area with tables and chairs. You’ll find plenty of Spanish and international beers on offer as well as mixed drinks and cocktails. The G&Ts are excellent. All drinks come with a bowl of snacks.

La Terraza Arriba del Image

When its really hot this is the place to head to. There’s a swimming pool and usually plenty of heavenly bodies lazing around it. Take your bathers and change in the facilities there before having a dip. The artificial grass, white canvas shade sails, people lazing around in the sun with drinks in hand makes it all very ‘cool’ and summery. There are tables too where you can sit and chat with friends as you enjoy a drink. The views from the 8th floor location are fabulous and provide pretty much as 360º view of the city. Afternoons can be hot in the sun, but evenings provide a pleasant respite. Take your pick from beers, chilled wine or mixed drinks.

Mercado San Anton Terrace


Go up to the third floor of the newly built San Anton Market in Chueca to enjoy this leafy terrace. It’s always popular and finding a seat can be difficult at times. If your lucky you can laze on a sofa while you enjoy the buzz. The bar offers beers and mixed drinks and you’ll get something to nibble on -perhaps olives or crisps. What I really love about this terrace are the large potted trees which provide shade and the designer elements such as the wooden shelves covered with plants and 1960’s-style armchairs. It all has a quirky charm.

The Roof


With fab views of Plaza Santa Ana this terrace on the 7th floor of the ME Melia hotel is always hopping. It’s another large space and wraps around all four sides of the central atrium. One section of the terrace is closed in and has soft sofas to laze on. Outside you`ll find that most people stand and move around catching the changing view of the square and off into the distance. The white, corner tower makes for a spectacular sight as spotlights change its colour. This terrace attracts a young crowd with music to keep them happy. Apart from the usual drinks there are often special themed nights sponsored by premium labels. Watch the website for news. Weekends can also see performances and ‘happenings’ such as body painting.