Madrid: Faro de Moncloa!

So here I go updating older posts in my blog. In this case I am not only updating and revising the old post but also ,split into two the Faro and the Puerta of Moncloa of my dear Madrid. Hope you enjoy and thanks for coming along the tour.

Let me tell you a bit about the Faro de Moncloa.

I had to take the pictures from this lighthouse or Faro of Moncloa. It was and is an emblematic symbol of Madrid for many years and enjoying it since 1992 when it originally opened. It was closed abandoned really for many years and reopen in 2015.  This is about the Faro de Moncloa.

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Officially, is name the Torre de Iluminación y Comunicaciones del Ayuntamiento de Madrid or the  Lighting and Communications Tower of the Madrid City Council, better known as the Faro de Moncloa or lighthouse. It is a 110 meter high structure, located in the University City of Madrid, in the Moncloa-Aravaca district.

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Ascent is via panoramic glass elevators. Beware of those who have vertigo, the view is very impressive. Information panels are available to learn more about the development of the city of Madrid and its history. At the top, huge bays give way to the view of the main monuments of Madrid on a clear day you can see the  Palacio Real, Palacio de Cristal , Catedral de la Almudena, the telephone company building or  Telefónica in the Gran Vía,the four towers or Cuatro Torres, and at the back the Sierra de Guadarrama.

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From there you can also see the city’s large parks and green spaces including Parque del Buen Retiro, Parque del Oeste ,Casa de Campo, and Monte del Pardo.

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The traffic junction at Avenida de los Reyes Católicos, Highway A-6 and Avenida de la Victoria is extremely busy. IF you stay on the right hand side looking at the Faro there is an underground pass as well, yet we took the crossing for the courageous in us! While, the Faro de Moncloa was principally designed as a high point for holding transmission antennas, it also serves as an illumination source for the busy traffic junction below. Twenty projector lamps with a combined capacity of 40,000 watts light up the area. It is mainly for this reason that it is called Faro, or Lighthouse, de Moncloa.

There is a heavy presence of transportation here from metro lines 3 and 6, and buses  such as 44 46 82 84 132 133 160, 162, A, C1, G , U etc , as well as biciMadrid bike rentals as it is ,also, near the University of Madrid and the Museo de America amongst others.

The Madrid tourist office on the Faro de Moncloa: https://www.esmadrid.com/en/tourist-information/faro-de-moncloa

Like I said, an emblematic tower of Madrid, the Faro de Moncloa is one of the sights to see while in the city. My boys love the views from the top ,and I came back older but loving it still. Again enjoy the post and Madrid!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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