November 28 2022

Royal Palace of Aranjuez, much more than a dream (that you cannot miss)

It is a perfect getaway: very well connected from the capital, Aranjuez is much more than a Royal Palace, it is a World Heritage Site in Madrid and one of those excursions in which you can combine art, nature and gastronomy.

In Aranjuez we get ready for long walks with cultural stops. A must-see are the Royal Palace –which offers guided tours–, built in the 18th century in the French style that brought the new royal dynasty to Spain: the Bourbons; the Royal Barge Museum or the Casa del Labrador. Nature lovers will especially enjoy the surroundings by the Tajo river with the groves and the historic orchards that surround the municipality. If you are fond of tourism, Aranjuez is one of the places that you cannot miss.

On the left bank of the Tajo river stands this marvelous palace, which was chosen by the Bourbons to establish their spring residence, making it temporarily the administrative framework of the Royal Sites.

View of the spectacular Royal Palace of Aranjuez, one of master pieces of the Community of Madrid.

In the current location of the palace, there was previously a palace-house belonging to the Masters of Santiago, whose construction was commissioned by Felipe II, in 1561, to Juan Bautista de Toledo. When he died, the work was continued by Juan de Herrera.

Unfortunately, twenty years later, the building suffered two fires that caused great damage, since much of the building was made of wood.

The Royal Palace of Aranjuez was built in the 18th century in the French Bourbon style.

The palace we see today is from the Bourbon period. Felipe V ordered its layout in 1717 to the architect Pedro Caro Idrogo. The main built was made by Giacomo Bonavia in the time of Fernando VI, while the two side wings and the public chapel were the work of Sabatini, during the reign of Carlos III.

The front of the palace is adorned by statues of the three kings who participated in its construction: Felipe II, Fernando VI and Carlos III.

The ornamentation of the building was made of red brick, which contrasts with the white stone from Colmenar de Oreja, used in the baseboards, corners, cornices, balconies and window and door frames.

Inside, the rococo style balustrade staircase, the Hall of Mirrors and the Porcelain Saleta stand out, considered the masterpiece of the Buen Retiro Porcelain Factory. In addition, the Palace houses, among other elements, paintings by Lucas Jordán and Vicente López y Esquivel, furniture of various styles and a collection of clocks, lamps and sculptures that show what the daily life of the royal families was like. But, without a doubt, the palace’s greatest piece is outside: its gardens.

If you plan to go to Aranjuez from the capital, you will only have to take the line C3 train from Atocha station. You can also take the intercity bus (423); they leave with a frequency of about fifteen minutes from the Plaza de Legazpi and from the South Station. .

If you go by train, the trip takes 45 minutes. Once you are in the city, you will enjoy a pleasant walk of about twenty minutes until you reach the majestic Royal Palace.

The town offers countless places to enjoy art and nature, but also gastronomy.

Más info de los lugares Patrimonio Mundial de la Comunidad de Madrid,

More info about  Aranjuez: leisure, culture, gastronomy, active tourism …

Aranjuez Tourist Office

More info about the World Heritage sites of the Community of Madrid.