Take a Ride on Madrid’s Teleferico
On your visit to Madrid, you’ll undoubtedly spend many hours touring its fabulous museums and historic attractions, relaxing in parks and plazas, and eating and drinking in cafes, bars and restaurants. There is a lot to enjoy in Madrid, but if you would like to experience the city from a truly unique perspective, take a ride on the Madrid Teleferico.
Madrid’s Teleferico is a cable car that has been delighting tourists and locals since 1969. It is the premier way to view Madrid’s beautiful historical center’s cityscape, although it may take more than one trip to relax enough to take advantage of the incredible photo opportunities you’ll have on board. At just a few euros per ride, there’s no reason not to hop on board more more than once during your visit.
You’ll board the cable car at Paseo Pintor Rosales, at the coner of Calle Marques de Urquijo at the eastern side of Parque del Oeste. During your 11 minute skyhigh ride 150 feet (40 m) above ground level, you’ll have outstanding views of Madrid’s streets, parks, train tracks and the Manzanares River.
Some of the sights you’ll pass during your ride include the Plaza de Espana, the Atletico Madrid Stadium, and the Egyptian temple. You’ll have a fantastic view of the Rosaleda and Parque del Oeste. On board the Teleferico, you’ll see the exact view of Royal Palace, the cathedral and San Francisco Church depicted in Goya’s famous cityscape painting.
Although a trip on board Madrid’s Teleferico is an attraction in itself, plan to spend some time at Casa Campo along the way. At the end of the ascent out of Madrid, the Teleferico tour stops in Casa de Campo, Madrid’s largest park. This is the perfect place to spend an afternoon in a peaceful, beautiful natural setting outside of the city.
You can enjoy a picnic at Casa Campo, or have lunch at the restaurant and bar complex located here. There are several wonderful attractions to explore at Casa Campo, including the Paque de Attraciones and the Madrid Zoo and Aquarium. Casa de Campo is also a fanastic place to relax and take in the view, feed the ducks, or take a tour of the lake by rowboat.
Madrid’s Teleferico operates year round, although hours vary by season. You can find out more about rates and hours of operation by visiting the Teleferico’s website at Teleferico.com.