The Círculo de Bellas Artes occupies a superb building, designed by Antonio Palacios and completed in 1926. Despite its persistent funding problems, it is a key player in every aspect of the Madrid arts scene. The Círculo offers a plethora of classes, exhibitions, lectures and concerts in its theatre and concert hall, as well as an annual masked ball for carnival. Its café is well worth visiting, whether to see the marvellous El Salto de Léucade by Moisés de Huerta or for its wonderful views, though it has received a lot of criticism recently alleging a decline in quality. Its terrace is usually packed and is a good option for summer evenings.
|Venue name:||Círculo de Bellas Artes||Contact:|
Alcalá 42, Marqués de Casa Riera 2
|Opening hours:||Exhibitions: Tue-Sun 11am-2pm and 5pm-9pm; Café-restaurant La Pecera: 9am-1am (until 3am Fri and Sat and until midnight Sun); Library (CBA members only) 9am-10pm; Roof terrace: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat and Sun 11am-9pm; Ticket office: Wed-Sun 4pm-10pm|
|Transport:||Banco de España (M: L2), Sevilla (M: L2)|
|Price:||Access to building and café-restaurant €1. Exhibitions (Tue-Sun) and café-restaurant (free with youth card) €3. Access to roof terrace (Mon-Sun) and café-restaurant (€2 with youth card) €3. Combined admission (rooftop terrace, exhibition rooms and café restaurant) €4|