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Aranjuéz


Poised on a fertile plain bathed by the Tagus River, this royal retreat boasts Excursions from Madrid Alcalá de Henares. Plaza de Cervantes 42 beautiful jewels such as the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) and the magnificent gardens which surround it. It was a residence of kings since the 15th century. In the 17th century the Bourbon kings built the palace and its gardens. Although plagued by fires and subsequent reconstructions, the Royal Palace continues to maintain authentic architectural unity. The Jardín del Parterre garden is adorned with numerous sculptures, the Jardín de la Isla stands out for its fountains and the Jardín del Príncipe is an English-style garden. The Casa del Labrador is a neoclassical hunting pavilion constructed by order of King Carlos IV and located in the Jardín del Príncipe.

The town of Aranjuez was built starting in the 18th century. King Fernando VI ordered the structures to be erected according to a design of streets and dwellings that responded to ideas of the Enlightenment movement. Various outbuildings of the palaces and other monuments of interest can also be admired.
47 kilometers from Madrid on the N-IV highway. Trains leave every 30 minutes from Atocha Station. Buses leave from the Estación Sur de Autobuses. From May to October (with the exception of August) there is a special tourist train on Saturdays called the «Tren de la Fresa» (Strawberry Train). Tourist Information

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