The Cibeles Fountain. As good locals we are, we can't stop talking about our city, Madrid. That is why we have decided to create a series of articles and travel advice related to the emblematic capital of Spain starting with one of the spaces where many sports titles have been held. A place and an essential point in every visit, almost crossing roads, in order to see the most beautiful spaces of the capital of the Apple orchards.
Views from the terrace
The Cibeles Fountain
Carlos III, the so-called best mayor of Madrid, was responsible for bringing us to the present day the source of the Cibeles. Designed by Ventura Rodriguez, the fountain consists of 2 male lions inspired by the mythology of Atalanta and Hipómenes, and sitting on a car the figure of the goddess Cibeles or Mother Earth.
The Cibeles fountain was originally intended for the gardens of The Farm of San Idelfonso, in Segovia, but when Carlos III decided to modernize the Paseo del Prado he decided to place it in front of the Buenavista Palace, a few meters from the center of the square. A few years later in 1895 it was when he moved to his current location, right in the center of the square, making his visit a bit complicated, really, since you have to get around cars when being in the middle of a roundabout.
Surrounding the source of the Cibeles we have 4 key points. He Bank of Spain, the Palacio de Buenavista, the Casa de América or Palacio de Linares and the Palacio de Cibeles. All of them are located between the Madrid crossing and longest street in Madrid, the street of Alcalá and the walks of Recoletos and the Prado.
The current house of Army Headquarters belonged in its beginnings to theAlba House, when it was a farm called Buenavista's loft. As a curiosity, the current palace at the time of Jose I Bonaparte It was chosen as the headquarters of the future museum of paintings, Prado Museum, but the French power in Spain was so fleeting that the idea vanished shortly after the march of the ephemeral king.
Palace of Buenavista in the 19th century
We recommend seeing the changing of the guard, the last Friday of each month with the exception of July, August and December. It is at 11h.
Bank of Spain
The current Bank of Spain is a building from the end of the 19th century. Today access is not allowed, so we can only settle for its impressive facade.
Views from the terrace
Work of the architects Antonio Palacios and Julian Otamendi, his works ended in 1917. The central tower of more than 60m and an interior with a lot of light stand out. Besides, we have the backyard of the building where there is an impressive glass vault.
Currently houses exhibitions, activities, a couple of restaurants and a beautiful viewpoint. In the face of restaurants, the one on the second floor is of a more economical cut and the one on the sixth floor, with incredible views, is for less tight pockets. It also highlights a terrace where you can have a good Gin Tonic watching from the top the source of the Cibeles, one of the best panoramas of all Madrid.
To access to the viewpoint of the Palacio de Cibeles are € 2, but if you go to laterraza where they serve you drinks is free!, yes, be quick because the terrace is exclusive for local customers. If you feel like having a drink go preparing at least € 10.
If you decide to have a romantic dinner, perhaps the restaurant is a good choice, though, it will be around € 50 per person.
House of america
Also known as the Linares Palace, was inaugurated in 1900. Initially it belonged to the Marquises of Linares and I Viscounts of Llanteno, but during the twentieth century it passed through various hands until in 1976 it was declared Historic Artistic Monument saving him from demolition for his precarious state. Nowadays it is a center destined for the cultural exchange between Spain and America.
You can visit every weekend in the morning. Admission is € 8. More information in Casa de América.
Behind Casa América, you didn't know, right?
Move around Madrid
You have many options to reach the Fuente de la Cibeles, from many buses of the EMT, Táxi or even the subway, stopBank of Spain.
A good option to tour the city is by rental car, by the freedom that gives you and for the amount of parking that exists in the center of the capital.
Puerta de Alcalá at Christmas
Where to eat
Around the source of the Cibeles we have the most varied sites. From the restaurant cited in the Palacio de Cibeles to several of modern or classic style in the Recoletos street as:
- Al-mounia. The Arabic restaurant par excellence in Madrid. High price.
- New York Burger Classic hamburger.
- The terrace of Casa América.
In any case, in Recoletos street there are many good restaurants. Do not forget to visit it.
Tours in Madrid
For about € 20 you can do one of the many tours you can do in Madrid. From seeing the Santiago Bernabeu, excursions to Toledo or Avila, museums, galleries, on Segway, etc. Madrid gives for everything. Recommendable!.
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