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La Terraza del Urban Cocktail Bar, Hotel Urban, Carrera de San Jerónimo Madrid. +34 91 787 7770. For summer evenings, don't forget La Terraza del Urban. Its rooftop views are unparalleled, its chaises longues luxuriant, and its sofas sexy. There's even a swimming pool. Summer bar.
ME Madrid, Hotel ME Madrid Reina Victoria (was Hotel Reina Victoria), 14 Plaza de Santa Ana, Madrid 28012. +34 9154 18200. +34 91 701 6000. An ultra-chic rooftop bar above this historic hotel owned by Rande Gerber that has the best views of the city. Whisked up from the ground floor in a private elevator, hotel guests and the public can recline under the stars on cushion filled beds or lounge indoors and sink into the comfortable lounge ambiance. email
El Viajero Restaurant Cafe Bar (The Traveller), 3rd floor, 11 Plaza de la Cebada, Madrid. +34 91 366 9064. One of the most famous roof-top terrazas in Madrid. Here, the view is of the San Francisco Chapel historical neighborhood of La Latina. On hot summer days several mist machines occasionally spritz moisture into the air, which actually makes staying on the roof more comfortable than standing with the clusters of people downstairs. Tues to Sat 1.30pm-2.30am. Sunday 12 noon-8pm. Metro: La Latina.
Room Mate Oscar, 8th floor, 12 Plaza Vazquez de Mella, Madrid 28004. +34 203 027 8675. €40 for the entire day, €20 after 4pm, and after 8pm it's free. Open April till September. 360-degree poolside views of the city. Room Mate Oscar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
El Mirador Rooftop Restaurant, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, 8 Paseo del Prado, Madrid 28014. +34 91 429 2732. Summer-only rooftop restaurant opening for dinner only. map
Air Lounge Bar
Air Lounge Rooftop Bar, Hotel de las Letras, 11 Gran Via, Madrid 28013. +34 915 237 980. email
Skynight Bar, Hotel Silken Puerta America, 41 Avenida de América, Prosperidad, Madrid 28002. +34 917 445 400 Sun to Thurs 9pm-3am. Fri & Sat 9pm-4am. email
La Cocina de San Antón Rooftop Restaurant, Mercado de San Antón, 24 Calle de Augusto Figueroa, Chueca, Madrid 28004. +34 91 330 0294 Views of old-town rooftops
Gaudeamus Café, 4th floor, 14 Tribulete, Madrid 28012. +34 915 282 594. A large terrace with views over the Lavapiés rooftops. A stunning backdrop of a ruined church atop which the café sits. Gaudeamus Café is definitely a candidate for Madrid's best rooftop café-bar. Winter heat lamps.
Skynight Bar, 13th floor, Silken Puerta, 41 Avda. de América, Madrid 28002. +34 917 44 5400. Top Floor. Some of the best panoramic views in the city. The perfect place to shake off stress and leave your problems behind, relaxing over a drink or enjoying the music. Meanwhile, at your feet, the intense rhythm of the city goes on without you. Open: Sun to Thurs 9pm-3am. Fri & Sat 9pm-4am.
Volvoreta Restaurant, 30th floor, Eurostars Madrid Tower, 259B Castellana, Madrid 28046. This sophisticated hotel occupies part of the 235-metre high SyV Tower, and includes a gym and restaurant. All rooms have superb views of Madrid as well as free Wi-Fi. Near Chamartín Station. email.
Mirabe Restaurant and Bar, 2 Manuel Arnús, (end of la Avda. Tibidabo), Barcelona 08035, Spain. +34 934 340 035. Two floors and a garden terrasse. Truly breathtaking. Daily from 7pm. Use Tramvia Blau. email . facebook . twitter . video
Restaurant Visual, 23rd floor, Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, 2-4 Avenida Roma, Barcelona 08014. +34 93 600 6958. Spectacular 360° views of Barcelona. Lunch Mon to Sun from 1.30pm-4pm. Dinner 8pm-11pm.
La Rotunda, 9th floor, El Cortes Ingles Department Store, 14 Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona. +34 93 306 3800. Right at the top of the Ramblas, in Plaza Catalunya. Rooftop restaurant and cafe. For the price of a cup of coffee you can sit on an outdoor roof terrace and watch the world go by in Plaza Catalunya.
Eclipse W Bar, 26th floor, W Hotel, 1 Placa de la Rosa dels Vents, Final Passeig de Joan de Borbo, Barcelona 08039. +34 93 295 2800. Mon to Wed 7pm-2am. Thurs & Sun 7pm-3pm. Fri & Sat 7pm-4am. Children below the age of 11 not admitted to the Eclipse Lounge. Starwood. email
Hotel Diagonal Zero, 1 Plaça de Llevant, Barcelona 08019. Opposite Barcelona's Forum Convention Centre, and a 5-minute walk from the beach. Rooftop cocktails.
Dos Cielos, 24th floor, Hotel ME Barcalona, Diagonal Avenue at 272-286 Carrer Pere IV, Barcelona 08005. +34 93 367 2070. On the 24th floor in Hotel Me you’ll find this spectacular venue and restaurant Dos Cielos (two heavens) with a panoramic terrace. You are able to peacefully look over the city from, or so it feels like, the top of the world. This upscale eatery offers an outdoor terrace, white leather chairs and white linen tablecloths. Tues to Thurs 1pm-4pm. 8pm-11pm. Fri and Sat 1pm-4pm. 8pm-11.30pm. Sunday and Monday Closed.
Angels & Kings Bar, 6th floor, Hotel ME Barcalona, Diagonal Avenue at 272 Carrer Pere IV, Barcelona 08005, Spain. +34 93 367 2050. Has a large terrace with a swimming pool where guests can enjoy cocktails, tapas, beautiful views and a stylish, glamorous open-air atmosphere.
Evo Rooftop Restaurant, Hesperia Tower, 144 Gran Via, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona 08907. +34 93 413 5000. Its hi-tech construction may be a little brutal for some but Richard Rogers Partnership's first hotel more than makes up for it with its incredible views from the rooftop restaurant over the surrounding city. This is Evo, a spectacular domed panoramic restaurant accessed by a glass-enclosed staircase. email
Terraza Sky Bar y Plunge Pool, H10 Casanova, 559 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Barcelona 08011. +34 93 396 48 00 email
Torre d'Alta Mar, 88 Passeig de Joan de Borbó, Barcelona 08003. +34 93 221 0007. The vista couldn't be more mesmerizing, allowing you to take in an almost-360-degree panorama of the city's skyline and the surrounding sea. This is a restaurant at 75m-high with an amazing view around Barcelona. You have to take the lift and it goes up in few seconds. In effect, more a spectacular vantage point than an eatery! email
Visit Up, Hotel Pulitzer Barcelona, 8 Bergara, Barcelona 08002. +34 934 81 6767. Corner Plaza Cataluna. An open and inviting space to listen to great music, and enjoy a drink under the night sky. Fantastic panoramic views of Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. From May 15th to September 30th. Tues to Thurs and Sun 6pm to 12 midnight. Fri & Sat 6pm-2am. Closed Mon. facebook . email.
Princesa Sofia Hotel, 4 Plaça Pius XII, Barcelona 08028. +34 93 508 1000. Plaça La Meridiana.
La Miranda del Museu, 4th top floor, 3 Plaza Pau Vila, Barcelona 08039. +34 93 225 5007. Stunning views across the marina and all the way to Montjuic and Tibidabo. Film set venue.
Sun Terrace, Hotel Monte Carlo, 124 La Rambla, Barcelona 08002. +34 934 120 404. email
Montjuïc El Xalet
Restaurant Montjuďc El Xalet, 31 Avinguda de Miramar, Barcelona 08038. On the emblematic mountain of Montjuïc. Ask for a table on the Terrace. Spectacular views of Barcalona. Metro: Espanya L2. email
Brisa del Mar
Brisa del Mar, 6th floor, Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, 12 Passeig Colom, Barcelona. +34 93 268 9090. Panoramic views over the port are just great. Check out the towers from the Port Olimpic, Barceloneta neighbourhood, Moll la Fusta and Maremagnum and the yachts in the port. June to September. 9am-11pm. 12 noon-11.30pm. Subway: Drassanes (L3), Barceloneta (L4). email
Grand Central Bar and Pool
Rooftop Sky Bar, Grand Central Hotel, 30 Via Laietana, Barcelona 08003. +34 93 295 7900. A panoramic view over the rooftops of Barcelona. email
Terrace La Isabela, Hotel 1898, La Rambla 109, 08002 Barcelona, Spain. +34 93 552 9552. 360-degree views of the city, including the Barcelona Cathedral. The terrace deck offers breakfast each morning and a tapas menu throughout the rest of day, including such dishes as vegetable spring rolls, spider crab lasagna and bacon-wrapped scallops. email
Alaire Terrace, Hotel Condes de Barcelona, 73 Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona. +34 934 453 226 Offers a 360-degree panorama of the city, including views of such landmarks as Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera. During the summer months the restaurant features live music on Wednesday and Sunday nights.
La Terraza del Claris, Top Floor, Claris Hotel, 150 Pau Claris, Barcelona. +34 934 876 262 The restaurant, situated next to the pool, serves a variety of cocktails and menu items.
Terraza Ateneu, Rooftop, Hotel Rivoli Ramblas Barcelona, 128 La Rambla, Barcelona. +34 934 817 676 The restaurant, Open during the summer months, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The venue also includes a sauna and bar. no web
L'Orangerie, Gran Hotel La Florida, 83 Centra Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, Barcelona. +34 93259 3000 Seven miles north of the heart of Barcelona. The menu features a mixture of Spanish, Catalan and Mediterranean cuisine.
La Terrassa Rooftop, Marriott Renaissance Barcelona Hotel, Pau Claris, 122, Barcelona, Barcelona 08009, Spain. +34 93 272 3810 Sun-drenched roof top bar and lounge featuring flowing waterfalls.
Hotel Azahar Terrace
Universal Etnia Terrace, Hotel Azahar, 28 Jesús del Gran Poder, Seville 41007. +34 9543 84109. Try algae, sushi, kangaroo, ostrich or exotic fruit. Open year round. email
Rooftop terrace, Hotel Doña Maria, 19 Don Remondo, Sevilla 41004. One of the main charms of Doña Maria Hotel is its terrace and its swimming pool. This terrace, with a splendid view on to the Giralda bell tower and the Cathedral, is the ideal place to have a snack.
Rooftop Bar, Hotel Don Paco, Plaza Padre Jeronimo de Cordoba 4-5, Seville 41003. +34 954 506 999 Rooftop bar and pool. email
Las Animas Puerto, 31 Pizarro, Valencia 46005. +34 9021 08527.
Arnadí Restaurant, 14th floor, Gran Valencia Hotel, 3 Valle de Ayora, Valencia 46015.
L'elephant, Plaza Iglesia, San Rafael, Ibiza. +34 9711 98056
Hotel Es Vive, 8 Calle Carlos Roman Ferrer, Figueretas, 07800. Brand new rooftop lounge bar with unrivalled views of the clear blue seas over to Formentera and Ibiza town's iconic castle, luxurious sun loungers and the best cocktails served up until nightfall. Ibiza's famous ph.
Funky Backpackers Hostel, 13 Cuesta de Rodrigo del Campo, Granada. Rooftop Bar.
Museo Caja GRANADA Memoria de Andalucía, Granada. Rooftop restaurant. Screen Building.
Restaurante Manzanil, 7th floor, Forum Granada, Calle de José Luis Pérez Pujadas (opposite the Parque de las Ciencias Museum), 18007 Granada. +34 958 12 1002. Enjoy panoramic views of the whole city of Granada while you eat, looking out towards the Alhambra, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the surrounding countryside. Weekdays from 8am. Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays from 11am.
Rooftop Lounge & Library, Hotel Marques de Riscal, 1 Calle Torrea, Elciego, Spain 01340. +34 945 18 0880. Cigar/Beverage Service. North of Madrid near Bilbao. Starwood. email
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