The cable railway of Madrid unites the area of Paseo de Rosales to Plaza de los Pasos Perdidos in Casa de Campo, going above Parque del Oeste, la Rosaleda, the old Príncipe Pío station and the Manzanares river. It was inaugurated in 1969 and it is 2,457 meters long and at a maximum height of 40 meters. The opening times depend on the month of the year and the day of the week, so it is safer to check their website. The price is 3.70€ (one-way) and 5.35€ (return ticket), according to the 2011 prices. To sum up, a visit I highly recommend in order to have a different perspective on Madrid... from the air.
It is one of the places of Madrid not packed with people. In the afternoon there is always space to park the car and have a relaxed walk around the towers. The benches, the walk, everything was thought to forget about the rest and focus on yourself, relaxing. You have to see it.
They were inaugurated in 1996 on Plaza Castilla in Madrid. If you keep walking South you will get to the the Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid's stadium.
Even though the name of the towers is "Gate of Europe", they are better known as Kio Towers, since the development company was Kuwait Investments Office. They are the entrance to Madrid from the North.
But now they have great competitors: the huge Cuatro Torres Business Area, the new business district that has settled in the Paseo de la Castellana. The highest tower is 250 meters, the highest in Spain.
It’s 3 pm, and my journey through Las Letras neighborhood has brought me to Plaza de las Cortes. I’m hungry and thinking where I could eat and rest for a while. Meanwhile, the impressive, white and sophisticated plaza fills me with peace while, suddenly, the sound of bells grabs my attention.
All the people in the square look at each other as if thinking, where does this sound come from? Someone says: up there! We’re all surprised to see a group of automats come out form the façade of the Groupama Building.
It turns out that Madrid was one of the few European capitals that did not have a carillon that attracted the curious eyes of tourists, so in 1993 someone came up with the great idea to create one. The carillon is simple, with a sort of shabby touch, characteristic of the capital, but it’s surprising to see, especially due to its location. It would make more sense in the Plaza Mayor, for example.
I sat there looking at the figures of Goya, Cayetana de Alba, King Carlos III, and Pedro Romero. All of them were designed by Mingote and for two whole minutes, they make the Plaza come to a halt, even the lions seem to be pushed into the background. The impressive statue of Cervantes seems to laugh and everyone is surprised to find something like this in the center of Madrid.
The carrousel of people can be contemplated every day at 12 noon, 3 pm and 8 pm. There is nothing to do but enjoy the curiosities with which Madrid surprises us. Enjoy it along one of the most beautiful buildings of the area.