Plaza de España- Argüelles - Moncloa - Ciudad Universitaria

Plaza de España - Argüelles

This is the westernmost district in central Madrid. Moncloa is an important communications hub: in the new "intercambiador" (transport connections station) you can get on buses or trains going anywhere in the near northwest of the Comunidad de Madrid. It is also the exit of the Carretera de la Coruña (A-6 road), the main road going to the northwest of Spain.
Moncloa is also the departure point to go to all the colleges and faculties in the nearby campus of the Ciudad Universitaria (Madrid's largest university campus).
Also in the area is the Parque del Oeste (West Park), a delightful place to walk and relax. Paseo del Pintor Rosales is a promenade by the park, along the elegant Argüelles district, with crowded terraces in the summer, as it is part of Madrid's Summer nightlife tradition.

madridThe other western point of reference in Madrid is Plaza de España. Two enormous avenues -Gran Vía and Calle de Princesa- meet here. Gran Vía leads southeast towards Cibeles; and Calle de Princesa leads northwest to Moncloa. The massive Plaza de España is flanked by Madrid's first skyscrapers, built in the 1950's: Torre de Madrid and Edificio España.
Plaza de España is one of Madrid's most symbolic squares, located just north of the Royal Palace all the way west of Madrid's center.

Torre de Madrid is one of the tallest skyscrapers of Madrid (Spain), 142 meters high and 36 floors over ground. It was built in 1957, and is located in the Plaza de España (Spain square), being an emblematic building for the square and for the city itself. It houses offices and apartaments.

The area right around Plaza de España holds a lively combination of art house movie theaters, ethnic restaurants and a large park, the Parque del Oeste. For a night at the movies, head up to Calle Martín de los Heros and you'll find 3 great Madrid movie theaters: Cines Princesa, Alphaville Golem and Renoir Plaza España. They all play an interesting selection of movies in their original language with subtitles.
Calle Princesa, which goes from Plaza de España to Moncloa, is one of the main shopping streets in the area, as well as Calle Alberto Aguilera.

Cerralbo Museum,
C/ Ventura Rodríguez, 17
Metro: Ventura Rodriguez, Plaza de España (Lines 2 and 10)
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The museum is located between the Plaza de España and the Debod Egyptian temple. It presents the Cerralbos family house just as it was left by the Marquis in 1922. Among the collections are The Ecstasy of Saint Francis of Assisi by El Greco, displays of ancient weaponry, and Iberian pottery. A visit to the Cerralbo Museum gives one a peek at what life was like for a wealthy Spaniard aristocrat of the 19th century.

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Templo de Debod: Egipcian temple,
Ferraz, 1, Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña
Metro: Plaza de España / Ventura Rodríguez
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What, you may ask, is an Egyptian temple doing in the center of Madrid? In the 1960's, Spain actively participated in a campaign to salvage an important archeological site in Egypt. As a gesture of thanks, the Egyptian government donated the Debod Temple, an early Nubian structure dating to the 2nd century B.C.E.
Initially, this centre of pilgrimage, one of the most important ones in Egypt, was dedicated to the gods Ammon and Isis, which can be seen in the reliefs and bas-reliefs that decorate the inside of the sanctuary. Many of the images that decorated the temple disappeared due to being underwater for nine months after the first Aswan dam was built. The remodelling effort was not able to fully recover the iconography of this place of worship, which was built for the deity and which only the priests could access. Today, thousands of visitors have been allowed to access this small part of Egypt and return for a moment to the year 2000 B.C.
The balustraded viewpoint near the temple offers fantastic sunset views overlooking the Casa de Campo, Madrid's skyline, and the Sierra de Guadarrama in the distance.


From Parque del Oeste, at the Paseo del Pintor Rosales is the teleférico entrance. This aerial cable car runs above the Parque del Oeste and the Casa de Campo. It lets out in the middle of the Casa de Campo, former haunting grounds of the kings of Spain and today a 1,722 hectares public park, 5 times the size of Central Park (NYC). This fantastic natural reserve is not so frecuented by madrileños, as it has a reputation for being a place for seedy exchanges, the City Council has lately done a lot to root out this practices, which were anyway limited to a specific area. But the huge Casa de Campo is mostly wild land where one can feel being at the end of the world, at ten minutes ride in the cable car from the city center. Inside the Casa de Campo is Madrid's amusement park, which has improved significantly in recent years by adding 3 new roller coasters, also Madrid Zoo, and the area of leisure at Lago -with has a metro station. For more information see our parks and gardens page.
Parque del Oeste continues northwest turning into Parque de la Bombilla. Outdoor concerts and film series are held here over the summer.

Faro de Moncloa,
Avda. de la Victoria, s/n
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Here's another opportunity to get a glimpse of Madrid from above: the Faro de Moncloa. Zip up the pin-like tower in a glass elevator for very little money.

Ciudad Universitaria
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In the vast campus of Moncloa there are faculties of the Universidad Complutense and the Universidad Politécnica- It occupies an area of 5,5 km2 north of Moncloa station. It was a very active battle field during the Civil War and the scenario of many students revolts during the Franco years. In the campus there are also students residences, green areas, a botanic garden, and the Museo del Traje.

Museo del Traje : Costume Museum,
Juan de Herrera 2
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Inside the Ciudad Universitaria, the building of the Museum was built in 1975 as the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art, and the project was awarded the National Prize for Architecture in 1969. Today this National Museum aims to promote the understanding of the historical development of costume and it shows the ethnological heritage representative of the different cultures of the peoples of Spain. There is a good tapas bar and excellent Restaurant, better with good weather to enjoy the garden.

The Palacio de la Moncloa lies on the Western border of Ciudad Universitaria.
This is the official residence of Spain's President of the Government.

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View of Madrid skyline from the Teleférico

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