Best place to watch the sunset in Madrid: Temple of Debod

Perched on a small hill in between Rio Manzanares and Plaza de España is this temple brought to Spain from southern Egypt in the 1970s. If you were wondering what an ancient archeological site such as this is doing in Madrid, it’s because of Spain’s help in saving the temples of Abu Simbel back in 1960 during the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

dedicated to the goddess Isis and Amun
dedicated to the goddess Isis and Amun

I arrived just in time for the sunset – at around 9pm, but not in time to catch the visiting hours of the temple, which is on my to do list for next time. During spring and summer you can enter the temple until 8pm, free for all visitors 🙂

There were musicians, couples, tourists, photographers, all here to enjoy the spectacular view at dusk
There were musicians, couples, tourists, photographers, all here to enjoy the spectacular view at dusk

The temple sits on a park flanked by some of the most important sites of Madrid, including the Palacio Real, Catedral de la Almudena, Parque Oeste, Casa de Campo across the river, and in the distance, the Guadarrama mountains.

View of the Royal Palace and Catedral from Temple de Debod
View of the Royal Palace and Catedral from Temple de Debod

It’s just a short uphill walk (seriously, it’s nothing), and the view is worth it. 🙂 Other than this temple, with its surreal feel, I can only think of rooftop bars that might compare for watching sunsets in Madrid. The list is soon to come!

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Do you know other sunset-viewing spots in Madrid? Share it with me! 🙂

Jardines del Templo de Debod.
Calle Ferraz, 1
28008 Madrid

Get there: Metro Station Plaza de España (líneas 3 & 10) or Ventura Rodríguez (línea 3)

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