Madrid is quite a low key and relaxed city compared to some I have visited. Some of the top things to do in Madrid when you visit as a solo traveller include the following….


1. Admire the architecture

Madrid is blessed with some stunning architecture, a lot of it can be seen on foot in just a day of wandering around. Enjoy a relaxed walk and admire architecture such as the Metropolis Building with its black and gold dome and the spectacular Royal Palace.

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

2. See a flamenco show

What a memorable way to spend a couple of hours one evening when in Madrid! Head to one of the many performances and appreciate some traditional Flamenco dance. I had a great time at Cardamomo. It truly was en evening I will never forget! I was lucky enough to meet the stars of the show afterwards!

3. Visit a food market

One of the locals told me that many Spanish people have taken an interest in dining at food markets and, having visited one, it is easy to see why. Gastro markets such as Mercado San Miguel are filled with stalls serving everything from olives, sandwiches, fish and meat in tapas size or regular portions. Purchase your food and take it into the centre of the market, find a seat and enjoy. 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 served make tapas bars great places to come for solo diners to try 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 has some speciality dishes it is well known for. Why not head to one of the many traditional restaurants to enjoy some Madrilenian favourites such as churros with a hot chocolate sauce, roast suckling pig, squid sandwich or Spanish omelette.

things to do in madrid include churros with hot chocolate

7. Watch a sunset while sipping your favourite drink

I stayed at the Melia Madrid Serrano and by reserving at room on ‘The Level’ I was able to have complementary drinks on the roof terrace in the evenings. It was there I saw some beautiful sunsets. Another place which comes highly recommended is the Radio Bar. You can admire the far reaching views of the city and enjoy the beautiful sunset while you sip on your favourite drink.

8. Visit a Museum

If museums are your thing, you will be spoilt for choice in Madrid. Favourites include the Museo Nacional de Prado which displays different styles of art through the ages and Reina Sofia, the National Museum of 20th Century Spanish Art.

Suggested Further Reading:

Norwegian Air – review of my flight from London Gatwick to Madrid

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