10. Plaza de Cibeles 9. Almudena Cathedral / Catedral de la Almudena 8. Puerta Del Sol 7. Temple of Debod / Templo de Debod 6. Rastro Market / El Rastro 5. Retiro Park / Parque de Retiro 4. Reina Sofia Museum / Museo Reina Sofia 3. Plaza Mayor 2. Royal Palace / Palacio Real 1. Prado Museum / Museo del Prado
The Madrid Ruta/Route 1 passes by all of the above places. The tour starts at Paseo del Prado (boulevards) where the Prado Museum (1) is closely located, passes by Plaza de Cibeles (10), Temple de Debod (7), Royal Palace (2) and Almudena Cathedral (9) which is next to the palace. Then proceed to Rastro Market (6) along Calle Toledo which is a market that open only on Sundays and public holidays. Thereafter followed by Plaza Mayor (3), Puerta del Sol (8), Reina Sofia Museum (4) and ends at Real Jardin Botanico. The Retiro Park (5) is just beyond the garden.
Alternatively there's Madrid to the river tours from Plaza Mayor which are walking tour that you can take on your own. A map on the routes can be obtained from the info centre in Plaza Mayor.
List is in English followed by Spanish and a summary of a youtube video on the subject.
I visited Venice, La Spezia, Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Naple and Capri in Italy. If you were to asked me to chose just a single place to visit I would have to say Venice. Venice has famously appears in countless pictures, painting and movies.
Take a boat taxi along the curve of the grand canal and be amazed and stunned with the view. Simply breathtaking. I think everyone would agree that this place is lovely. So it's a must to visit Venice.
Of course in summer it can be really hot and after exploring and wandering for a whole day my body became sticky from sweat.
I wonder though where's the party at at night? Well, Piazza San Marco seemed lively at night with restaurants and abundant of tourists still clicking away.
Me and Melia stayed for 2 nights at Corte Canal which Melia found through hostelbooker for Euro 35 a night. We can't complain as we had a room to ourselves. Simple breakfast was included. We remember the place because we still have the map the hostel distributed which was handy and informative.
If you have time you can venture to Burano, Murano and Torcello.