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This impressive bit of architecture (a personal opinion) was constructed for Spain's year of fame in 1992 which saw both the World Expo in Seville and the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Its construction was to commemorate the selection of Madrid as the European Culture Capital for that year. Ironically enough (actually it was planned that way) it stands 92 meters (302 ft) high. If you go, don't think you missed the view from the outside section for it has been closed since the opening of the Faro.

200 pesetas (approx. $1.10 USD) will buy you the right to shoot up the elevator with a glass window back and spend as much time as you like at the top with magnificent views of the city as well as of the impressive "Sierra de Gaudarama" mountain range. Complete with a refreshment machine, the hardwood floor of the lookout is often frequented by students from the nearby "Ciudad Universitaria" ("University City") of Madrid's Complutense University.

The Faro makes for a very nice trip since it is not usually one of the most visited sites in Madrid and you are not likely to run into crowds. I highly recommend this visit and it is probably the best 200 pesetas you can spend in Madrid (aside from a "Bocadillo de Calamares" ("Fried Calamar Sandwich") just off the Plaza Mayor that is).

The tower was designed by Salvador Perez Arroyo and interestingly enough the city rents out the Faro for just about any ocasion from dinner receptions to press conferences.
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Faro de Madrid - jeremy's practical info
(you can click on the icons to see the line trajectories and a map of the metro)
Metro stop: Moncloa - line click to see complete line trajectory & click to see complete line trajectory.
Busses # 16, 46, 61, 82, 83, 132, 133, Circular.
site map
Tech. Specs:   height - 92 meters.
ext. diameter - 6 meters.
int. diameter - 4.8 meters.
platform surface area - 400 sq. meters.
When: Open Tue-Sun.
*mid-Sept- end of May from 10:30am-2:00pm & 5:30-7:45pm.
*June 1- mid-Sept from 11:00am-1:45pm, 5:30-8:45pm.

Admission 200ptas; 100ptas 3-10 year olds and people over 65.

Getting there: The oficial name for the Faro is not clear and it is called both the "FARO DE MADRID" and the "FARO DE LA MONCLOA" and the official address is also dual since it is at the cross of two main avenues.

Although the Faro is a bit out of the city center, one can take a nice walk west down the Calle Princesa and arrive at the Faro in about 20-30 minutes. If you prefer, you can take the Metro (line 3.) to the "Moncloa" stop (end of the line) and then take a 5 minute walk to the Faro.

As mentioned above, the city of Madrid rents out the Faro for just about any ocasion so if you wish to contact those in charge of the Faro, use one of the addresses below.

*Avenida del Arco de la Victoria s/n
28040 Madrid
Tel.: (+34) 91 544 8104 / 91 722 0400 / 91 722 0607


*Avenida de los Reyes Católicos s/n
28040 Madrid
Tel.: (+34) 91 544 8104 / 91 722 0400 / 91 722 0607

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