Photography, Travel, Spain

Sunset from Cerro del Tío Pío in Vallecas

January 23, 2020

A view of Madrid from a hilltop park.

Jenna went off on her own adventure to London for the day, a 3am wake up which suited my atrocious sleep cycle just fine. When I did wake up around 11a and headed to a little cafe that I like for breakfast, it was on fire, which threw a slight wrench in my plans.

Eventually I pieced together a nice afternoon wandering my favorite city. But I realized I had never really watched a sunset in Madrid before — always busy doing other things. A quick search yielded Parque Cerro del Tío Pío, a 25 minute Metro ride on Línea 1. This was perfect because the sun was setting in about 30 minutes and, in typical fashion, I had nothing ready to go shoot pictures.

The Metro drops you off basically right next to Rayo Vallecano’s stadium, which was awesome, because Barcelona v. Rayo Vallecano (3-1, two Messi goals) was my first ever La Liga game in 2013. And I've always thought their shirts were awesome. Now I just need to see a game there.

It’s a short but steep walk up to the hills that are apparently often called El Parque de las Siete Tetas by Madrileños. And I was just in time to watch the sun go down as rain showers passed just south of the city, eventually replaced by fluffy clouds softly reflecting the lights of Madrid.

A view of Madrid from a hilltop park.

The Madrid skyline.

Rain pours on another area of the city while the sun sets.

A view of some of the buildings in central Madrid from afar.

A train moves through rainy Madrid in the distance as buildings line the horizon.

Fluffy clouds follow rainshowers as the sun sets in the sky over Madrid

Fluffy clouds follow rainshowers as the sun sets in the sky over Madrid

A train moving through Madrid at night surrounded by buildings

A view of Madrid at night from a hilltop


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