THE BEST ROOFTOP BARS OF ANDALUCIA TO FEEL THE HEIGHTS
Andalucia has an average of 2,800 hours of sun a year and an average temperature of 65 °F, making southern Spain one of the places with the liveliest street life, so it is no surprise that the rooftop trend has taken off in recent years. These new venues are located on rooftops or terraces where, in addition to enjoying dinner, cocktails or coffee, the most amazing city views can be seen. Indeed, having a few beers, glasses of wine or cocktails at ground level no longer cuts it. While there are many rooftop bars in Andalucia, it is the rooftop bars of Malaga that are the most famous or numerous. So, whether you are at a rooftop bar in Cadiz, Seville, Malaga or wherever takes your fancy, make the most of this fine weather to get dressed up and get into the first lift that takes you to these spectacularly charming rooftop bars.
Málaga Rooftop Bars
Belvue Rooftop Bar, Marbella
In Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella it is difficult to distinguish where the hotel ends and where the sea begins, its privileged location on the beachfront and near the center of Marbella places it as a new reference point to enjoy a spectacular view both towards the sea and towards the mountain.
In the Belvue Rooftop Bar, Costa del Sol and the Mediterranean Sea extend before your eyes from the very top, with simply wonderful views over the Marbella horizon. This terrace offers an extensive menu of cocktails and drinks with which to accompany one of the most breathtaking sunsets of the entire coast. Besides this experience is often accompanied with the sound of the Spanish guitar live, a pleasant chillout atmosphere that invites you to enjoy Marbella from another point of view.
Alcazaba Premium Hostel, Malaga
Another of the terraces that is worth visiting is the new Alcazaba Premium Hostel in the center of Malaga. Before long this rooftop bar has become one of the hot spots of the city. Its position is such that it seems you can almost reach out to touch the Citadel, the Muslim fortress of the City. It has a chillout atmosphere design and a good menu that gives a twist to the typical dishes of Malagan cuisine.
Rooftop Bar Malaga AC, Malaga
The rooftop bar of the Hotel Malaga AC is one of the classics of downtown Malaga, for being the first in the City and has views of 360º over the capital of Costa del Sol. If you sit on this roof, you will no longer be clear if you are on the top of a building or embarking on the cruise, as you lose track of space with an incredible panoramic to the sea. Below, the city bows to our feet, the Cathedral ‘La Manquita’, the Gibralfaro castle, the Citadel… there is no corner of Malaga that cannot be seen in a bird’s eye view from this unique terrace which has attracted thousands of tourists and visitors from around the world.
Not far from Malaga AC, is the Molina Lario, another of the hotels that has wanted to join the fashion of experiencing the city from the top. This is demonstrated by its rooftop bar that offers a wonderful view of the Cathedral and the Port of Malaga. It is a good meeting point for visitors and locals who gather on this terrace to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and design, where the ‘afterworks’ increasingly outweigh.
Mate Larios Room
Without confusing ourselves with the previous one, the Mate Room is located in the most famous shopping street of Malaga, Larios Street. Mojitos, Caipiriñas, Bloody Marys, and Cosmopolitans are the day to day of this rooftop bar looking into the heart of Malaga, Plaza de la Constitución and face to face have wonderful views towards the Cathedral and the Citadel. Like the rest of the terraces, they are not always open, so it’s best to call ahead and make sure.
Oasis Backpackers Hostel
In the rooftop bar of the Oasis Backpackers Hostel, everyone gathers, from backpackers or hipsters, through modern, to executives. It is located in the heart of Malaga and its height coincides with one of the most famous churches in the historic center of the city, that of the Martyrs. They are defined as the most mischievous city terrace, where to live the Malagan party. So if you are looking for fun, this is your place.
Málaga never fails to surprise me and Chinitas Lounge is a small, little-known inn on one of Málaga’s most traditional streets: Pasaje de Chinitas. If you go up to the top floor in the small lift, you’ll be amazed: two stylishly decorated rooftops with spectacular views of the cathedral. Chill out music, wine, cocktails and a light menu in a very calm, relaxing ambience. Romantic and little known.
You need to cross the River Guadalmedina to get to Terraza Áurea, a large building much loved by locals, that in days gone by used to be occupied by large warehouses. Its rooftop, called Áurea, is amazing, spacious and has some truly striking views of the city. There are a lot of foreigners and the live music at night makes it a great place to be nearer the stars with Málaga at your feet.
Terraza Soho Lounge
There’s a new vibe in Málaga’s Soho, the neighbourhood next to the port that historically had a bad reputation, but which is getting back on its feet thanks to art, culture and the drive of locals. The chill out rooftop is situated opposite CAC (Centre for Contemporary Art) and has a very good view of the city’s rooftops, port and curious neighbourhood of Soho. Wine, cocktails and a light menu mean that you’ll have an unforgettable evening.
Parador de Gibralfaro
If we’re choosing rooftops with views of Málaga, we mustn’t forget Parador de Gibralfaro, a privileged location where the entire city and immensity of the bay can be observed. The Arabs chose this vantage point to monitor the city and everything that approached it by sea, and today it is one of Málaga’s most renowned hotels. The most difficult thing about it is getting there, since it is on Mount Gibralfaro, but it has some wonderful views of the city that we recommend you enjoy at dusk. Not to be missed!
La Terraza de San Juan
We are certain that La Terraza de San Juan will become one of your favourites, since it has some amazing views of the San Juan Church Tower, the Cathedral and the Montes de Málaga, which are the most traditional Malagan enclaves. This rooftop bar has a more relaxed vibe that you can enjoy in good company. It has to be said, too, that this is where you will find the best bartenders who, if you want them to, will prepare the best cocktails with some amazing acrobatic movements. A true luxury!
Seville Rooftop Bars
Eme Terrace, Seville
Seville, capital of Andalucia, is always worth a visit. The Golden Tower, Spain Square, María Luisa Park, the Royal Citadels and of course, the emblem of the City: the Giralda. If we want to have the best views of this historic tower there is no better place than the rooftop bar Eme Terrace.
It has several floors in which to enjoy the fashionable drink, gin and tonic, and an exclusive atmosphere. It is highly recommended to make a visit at night, when the sun no longer presses and the lights of the cathedral bestow on this monument a truly special magic.
Pura Vida Terraza
Pura Vida Terraza is located in the heart of the city and is one of the best rooftop bars in Seville. It is open to the public seven days a week and if you decide to visit, you will be able to enjoy an amazing lunch, a delicious dinner and some drinks while you marvel at the spectacular views of Seville Cathedral.
Azahar Bar & Copas
Located next to Seville Cathedral and with some beautiful views of the Giralda bell tower from its rooftop, Azahar is the best option for your first cocktails of the night. Try its exquisite mojitos and caipirinhas, or have a gin or long drink while you experience the city centre. Good ambience, service and an unforgettable night.
Gourmet Experience at El Corte Inglés
The Plaza del Duque Corte Inglés is another rooftop option in Seville, where you can enjoy food as well as cathedral views. Gourmet Experience has already become a proper classic, with an extraordinary offer, where different leading restaurant brands can be found in an extraordinary space located on its rooftop. An ideal place for enjoying appetizers, lunch, snacks and dinner and, of course, a glass of wine while you attend cooking show sessions or musical concerts. It is open Monday to Thursday from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 a.m., Sunday and public holidays (shop closed) from 12.00 p.m. to 12.00 a.m., Sunday and public holidays (shop open) to 12.00 a.m. and the night before public holidays to 2.00 a.m.
Roof Casa Romana
Casa Romana is a special place that has successfully captured the essence of Roman civilisation. It is a unique 18th century building with recognisable features in the old quarter. It also has the ROOF Restaurant way up high, a peculiar establishment on a three-level rooftop, where you can gaze at a wonderful picture postcard view of the city. The lower zone has tables where you can eat tapas and drink cocktails or wine to the beat of the music. The “beach chiringuito kitchen” is in full view, with a bar where you can sit down and have dinner and a chat. The upper part is where the restaurant is, on two levels with unbeatable views.
Granada Rooftop Bars
The Orchard of Juan Ranas, Granada
There are many who say the sunset from the viewpoint of St. Nicholas towards the Alhambra in Granada is one of the most beautiful in the world. This was stated by former US President Bill Clinton. The truth is that it is easy to check from one of the most traditional restaurants in the area, The Orchard of Juan Ranas, located in the Albaicin district.
The rooftop bar offers a typically Andalucian atmosphere, traditional cuisine and local wines, not to mention the cocktails that have already become a classic to end the day and welcome the night of Granada charm.
Estrellas de San Nicolás
Estrellas de San Nicolás is located at the San Nicólás vantage point in Albaicín, in what was the house of the singer Enrique Morente and his daughter Estrella. This local bar combines modern decor with the warmth of its beautiful wooden ceilings. Its kitchen, headed by French Chef Christophe Joly and his wife Murielle, is based on Andalucian gastronomy with a French influence, making its repertoire an exquisite adventure and bold proposal.
This restaurant is the ideal place for celebrations with family or friends. Moreover, the views of the Alhambra from the viewpoint make a perfect accompaniment to a romantic meal.
Eurostars Gran Vía
Eurostars Gran Vía offers some amazing views that showcase three Andalucian jewels: the Alhambra, the Cathedral and the Sierra. A unique open air space that also has an elegantly decorated indoor space with a large window for the cold winter nights.
Monasterio Chill Out
Monasterio Chill Out is a terrace that you can enjoy year round. With three different spaces and a very urban decor style that makes abundant use of recycled pallets, it is a high luxe place to enjoy a delicious crepe while you await cocktail hour, since you can enjoy this rooftop bar from 3.00 p.m. to 3.00 a.m.
Cadiz Rooftop Bars
La Catedral, Cadiz
The obvious is sometimes the best option and in this rooftop bar we have a clear example. The terrace The Cathedral in Cadiz, offers virtually “to touch” this monument so characteristic of “la Tacita de Plata”, as this City is popularly known. With a modern and fresh style, it is a good place from which to explore the historic town and enjoy the local cuisine of the place, it has a menu from Monday to Friday at lunchtime.
La Breña is located inside the hotel of the same name in Los Caños de Meca. At the entrance to the La Breña Natural Park from the cliffs zone. From its rooftop you can gaze at the sea and African coast.
Its menu is based on local fish and vegetables, meat selected from different geographical areas of Spain, but its speciality is Almadraba tuna. The wine list comprises some 30 different Spanish Denomination of Origin wines.
Fuerte Hoteles is always the best option to stay in Andalucia and see its cities. The chain has establishments where you can enjoy the best of each area throughout the region, in addition to its services. Its more than 60 years’ of experience is the best guarantee and the starting point for each experience you want to undertake in the region.