Madrid is a low key and relaxed city compared to many European cities. It offers some excellent activities. Here are some of my favourites things to do in Madrid when travelling solo…





1. Admire the Architecture

Madrid is blessed with some stunning architecture such as the Metropolis Building with its black and gold dome and the spectacular Royal Palace. Many of the main architectural points of interest are within close proximity of each other.

Metropolis Building - admiring the architecture is one of the things to do in Madrid on foot
Metropolis Building

2. See a flamenco show

A flamenco show is a ‘must do’ when in Madrid. There are several nightly shows within the city to appreciate traditional Flamenco dance. I can highly recommend Cardamomo. It is a truly memorable evening, made even more special by meeting the stars of the show afterwards.

3. Visit a food market

It is always a good idea to speak to the locals for recommendations. They can personally advise on places to go to get a good experience. A taxi driver informed me that Spanish residents in the area enjoy dining at food markets. Having visited one, it is easy to see why. Gastro markets such as Mercado San Miguel are filled with stalls selling everything from olives, sandwiches, fish and meat in both tapas and regular portions. Purchased food can then be enjoyed with others in the centre of the market at one of the communal dining spaces. Many diners are solo so it is the perfect place to experience some delicious food in a casual environment if you are by yourself.

Mercado San Miguel

4. Eat Tapas

You can’t come to Madrid without stopping by one of their many fantastic tapas bars. The small portions of food is perfect for solo diners who wish to taste a variety of typical Spanish dishes.

tapas in madrid

5. Visit a Plaza

Plazas are squares of open space usually with a monument of interest, shops, market place or restaurants. They are wonderful places to sit with a coffee, relax and watch the world go by.

plaza mayor, things to do in madrid

6. Eat traditional food at a restaurant

Madrid is renowned for a number of speciality dishes. So, seek out one of the many traditional restaurants to enjoy some Madrilenian favourites. Churros with a hot chocolate sauce, roast suckling pig, squid sandwich and Spanish omelettes are firm favourites!

things to do in madrid include churros with hot chocolate

7. Watch a sunset while sipping your favourite drink

Reserve a room on ‘The Level’ at the Melia Madrid Serrano to enjoy complimentary drinks on the roof terrace in the evenings. The terrace benefits from some spectacular views of the city and beautiful sunsets.

8. Visit a Museum

Madrid is home to a number of popular museums. Favourites include the Museo Nacional de Prado andReina Sofia, the National Museum of 20th Century Spanish Art.

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