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Madrid — By Nellie Huang on May 21, 2010 at 8:14 am
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A Summer Rooftop Retreat at El Mirador

With summer creeping in quickly, temperatures are soaring sky high. The Spanish capital suddenly becomes a ghost town – I’m not exaggerating, summertime Madrid is quiet – as people head out to the breezy coastline for their month-long vacation.

For those stuck in Madrid, you’ll be comforted to find that there are still a few rare retreats here.  At El Mirador (map), escape the heat and unwind on its rooftop terrace and lush garden. Besides serving as a sort of oasis in the sizzling heat, you’ll be surprised to find the sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine it dishes up.

Stunning Views

Poised on the rooftop of one of Madrid’s most famous art museums – the Thyseen-Bornemisza Museum – the restaurant not only tickles your tastebuds but also tantalizes your artistic cravings. Documenting the history of European art, the museum gives the artistically inclined ones an insightful glimpse into the past. Offering spectacular panorama of the city, the restaurant is worth a visit just for the view itself. Overlooking Paseo del Prado, witness the grandeur of the city as gothic spires and ancient obelisks poke into its skyline.

Mediterranean Cuisine

This summer-only rooftop restaurant blends art and gastronomy into one. The menu is carefully chosen and prepared by the chef of Paradis group, creators of the Miró exhibition. Expect summer-inspired dishes like swordfish and gazpacho. Seafood and chilled appetizers dominate its menu. El Mirador only opens for dinner, so be sure to make your reservations in advance by phone: +34 91 429 2732.

Opened in July and August, this rooftop terrance also extends its opening hours to 1am from Tuesdays to Saturdays to accommodate the nocturnal animals. Miró exhibition is also opened till 11pm so you can avoid the daytime crowd.

Details of El Mirador:

Website: http://www.museothyssen.org/

Address: Paseo del Prado 8, Madrid 28014 (map)

Tel: +34 91 429 2732

How to get there: The museum is just a 5-minute walk from Banco de España metro station. You can also catch bus numbers 1, 2, 5, 9 and 10.

Prices: A meal for two including wine costs approximately 150euros.

Dresscode: Casual wear.

Photo credit: Author’s own Nellie Huang.

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