Aranjuez Travel Guide

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Aranjuez Things to Do

  • Palacio Real - Royal Palace Interior

    The interior of the Palacio Real of Aranjuez is well worthwhile to be visited. There are two tours possible: the "Salones Oficiales" official rooms and in addition the private rooms.We visited the official rooms which were nicely decorated.As the palace burned twice in the 17th c. and was each time rebuilt the décor is mainly from the 18th and 19th...

  • Palacio Real - King's Palace main...

    Let's start the visit by the west side and the beautiful U-shaped facade surrounding the courtyard. The palace combines the elegant white stone and red brick. The palace was begun under Philip II and was a recreational estate. Although the architects Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera were those in charge of the austere Escorial palace,...

  • Palacio Real (Royal Palace)

    This Palace was the spring residence of the spanish Kings since Felipe II and it was built between 1.561 and 1.586 but underwent a extension in 1.715.Don't miss the gardens nearby: The Jardín de la Isla (Island's Garden), the Jardín del Parterre (Flower Bed Garden) and the Jardín del Príncipe (Prince's Garden).

  • Jardin de la Isla - Island Garden.

    This very romantic garden, located on the northern edge of the palace, is bounded by the Tagus and an artificial canal. The garden "de la Isla" is indeed an island which is accessed by two bridges. To the right of these bridges is a dam on the river Tagus which is a perfect place for ducks to frolic. Formerly the garden with its many ceramic...

  • "Jardin del Parterre"

    Near the east wing of the palace is the "Garden of the Flowerbeds", built in 1724. It was formerly the King's garden, which was closed and had a strong Italian and Mudejar influences. From this garden, like the previous, little is left, since during the nineteenth century plantations and the paths were modified to adopt the French style. It is my...

  • Los Jardines de Aranjuez - Gardens of...

    Aranjuez, at the confluence of the rivers Tagus and Jarama appears as an oasis in the dry Castilian plateau. When we stayed in the small and very typical town of Chinchon (ref. my tips) we could see from the heights, where the castle of Chinchon stands, in the distance the green spot of the parks and gardens of Aranjuez. At 55 km south of Madrid,...

  • Jardin del Principe - Prince's Garden.

    From the three gardens of Aranjuez the largest (7 km long, 150 ha) is called "Jardin del Principe" (Prince's Garden) because it is the Prince of Asturias, later King Charles IV, who ordered its implementation. Its creation took place between 1772 and 1804. This landscaped garden followed the English and French eighteenth century style. The...

  • Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution...

    The Ayuntamiento (City Hall) was formerly used to house the employees of the city and it became the City Hall in 1.835.

  • Plaza de la Constitución (Constitution...

    You can find here:- Statue of King Alfonso XII (2nd pic)- City Hall (next tip)- Mercado de Abastos (next tip)


Aranjuez Hotels

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  • NH Principe de la Paz

    C/ San Antonio 22, Aranjuez, Madrid, 28300, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Mercedes

    Calle Carretera de Madrid, 15, Aranjuez, 28300, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • El Cocheron 1919

    Montesinos 22, Aranjuez, 28300, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Aranjuez Restaurants

  • City Centre

    In this area, calle de Postas, calle de Stuart, calle de San Antonio.., you can find many places to have lunch or just a drink.

  • A coffe break in front of the castle

    A good place for a break after making the visit to the castle, just in front of the castle. A cup of coffe and a piece of cake (tart)

  • Brownies with vanilla ice cream

    No, not "typical spanish" either, but Gosh, I like this dessert!!! I had it at Cookery, and I admit is one of my favourites. Though not as good as the ones you can have at VIPS, in Madrid, I really enjoyed this moment, mmmm...

  • The Castle 1806

    This high standard restaurant is located inside the Prince Gardens, by the river, near the Ships Museum.It has an interior decorated in "castle" style and a nice terrace outside to have lunch by the river in a quiet environment.

  • Cookery

    Yes, I know this is not typical food, but if you are north american and are tired of spanish tortilla and chorizo, come try some delicious hamburgers or ribs here.This place, in San Antonio street, near the church is a kind of Hard Rock Cafe, where you can have "Menu del Dia" for 8 euros, much cheaper than the average around (12 euros).

  • El Rana Verde

    This restaurant by the Tajo river is the oldest here and was famous even in the 19th century.There are tables inside and by the river, and it also has a terrace on the Rusinol Square.Frog legs are delicious, and for dessert, strawberries with cream, a local speciality! Note that the name is EL rana verde y no LA, because it doen's refer to the...


Aranjuez Transportation

  • From Madrid by bus

    There is a bus going to Madrid from Aranjuez every half hour or so. It leaves from near the "Isabel II" gardens, in the center of town. Costs about 3 euros I thinks and takes about 30-40 minutes.In Madrid it leaves from Mendez Alvaro bus station.Schedules at:

  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    From Madrid, road A-4.Road distances to Aranjuez from:- Madrid: 49 kms.- Málaga: 486 kms.- Rome (Italy): 2.008 kms.- Athens (Greece): 2.639 kms.Checking the web, you can find more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.

  • By Train

    I think that the best way to visit Aranjuez from Madrid is by train. It takes about 40 minutes.- In Madrid, trains leave from Atocha-Puerta de Atocha station (Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, also known as Glorieta or Plaza de Atocha. Metro: Atocha Renfe (line 1).- In Aranjuez, the station is just 10 minutes walking from the Royal Palace (Calle de...


Aranjuez Shopping

  • Palace Souvenirs

    Inside the Royal Palace there is a nice and complete souvenirs shop selling items from the Palace of Aranjuez and other Royal Palaces around Spain (all which are under the "Patrimonio Nacional").You don't have to buy the Palace ticket to enter, is just by the main gate, so you can visit it for free anyway. Handkerchiefs, mugs, pencils, chocolates,...

  • Strawberries and asparragus

    Strawberries and asparagus are the main 2 gastronomis specialities here. You can ask for them at any restaurant, or buy them a t the many street stands all around. In front of "El Rana Verde" there is one...The strawberries are really expensive (about 6 euros the little tray, 3 euros the bowl in a restaurant), they are much cheaper in any market,...

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Aranjuez Local Customs

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    This is a very healthy local custom and Prince Gardens are the right place to do it: quiet, calm, green, all U hear are the birds singing... take your time!

    Under one of the huge trees
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Aranjuez Tourist Traps

  • Strawberries from the kiosk - forget...

    Strawberry and mixed berry boxes are sold in small kiosks along the streets in the town during spring time. They look excellent - but ask for the price before you buy them: they are usually very expensive and just not worth the money! You shall get same quality in tapas bars or restaurants for better value.

  • Tren de la Fresa (Strawberry train)

    Some might like it, but I consider it a real fake.This is an old (wooden seats) train departing Atocha station at 10 on weekends and including a pair of visits and a little (tiny) strawberies box. Returns to Madrid at 18:00.The price is 22 euros (14 for children). If you do the same on your own, it costs you 10 euros (plus 3 of the strwberries in...

  • A boat along the river

    Some people might like it, but I saw it as a kind of tourist trap...There is a boat that takes you along the Tajo River for 50 minutes. It costs 7 euros and the only monument you see is the Royal Enbankment of the Prince Gardens...The Prince gardens are free and the river is nothing really spectacular, so... U decide!To take it, go across the...


Aranjuez Off The Beaten Path

  • Jardín de la Isla

    This "island" is formed by two currents of the river Tajo. During the times of the muselmans this was a cultivation, later on the royal family made it to a garden, whose walking paths was decorated with fountains. The first one you will meet is La Boticaria, then comes Hércules, Apolo, la del Reloy (the Clock), la del Niño de la Espina (the Christ...

  • Fountains all around

    All around both gardens you will find magnificient fountains in every possible style and size.Having the river so close, water is an important element in Aranjuez's Gardens

  • An erotic detail

    Who said that angels didn't have sex?This little fountains in the Island's Gardens threw its water through 3 holes...


Aranjuez Sports & Outdoors

  • Canoeing

    You can have a canoeing trip at the River Tajus, very beautiful at this point, for 2-5 hours.Groups of 10.Reserve at (34) 918 929 392 or 902 088 089.Or just go to the river, at the opposite shore by the "El Rana Verde" restaurant and ask where U C canoes...

  • Balloning

    On sundays you can see balloons in Aranjuez.They offer 2 kinds of activities:- Still Balloons: you go up without moving. (6 euros).- Balloons flights: you make a little trip around (140 euros).

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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  • General Info

    Tourism officePlaza de San Antonio, 928300 Aranjuez (Madrid)- Tel.: (+34) 91 891 04 27- Fax: (+34) 91 891 41 97- Internet (in Spanish) (for tourism) (for the city) (for the Tourism Office)- E mail: infoturismo@aranjuez.esThere is a Tourism Post in...

  • Ayuntamento in Aranjuez

    This main square is an important meeting place for people living in Aranjuez. it was decorated with christmas tree and lamps and a Nacimiento (the stable with newborn Christ, Maria and Josef).Plaza de la Constitución, s/n.

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