Day trip to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez from Madrid
Enjoy a beautiful excursion to Aranjuez in order to visit its lovely Royal Palace, one of the most elegant and historic palaces of the Spanish royalty.
In order to arrive in Aranjuez, we only have to travel the 46 kilometres that separate this monumental complex from the centre of Madrid. In other words, it’s a short journey that is actually a grand trip to another time and to highly aristocratic and elegant atmosphere.
Awaiting us there are the Royal Site and the Villa de Aranjuez, where this monumental complex and gardens, with construction from various time periods, are both located. It began in the times of Carlos I and continued until the 18th century with the reign of Felipe V, passing through the second half of the 16th century, when Felipe II ordered the construction of much of the work that we will enjoy today on this guided visit to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez.
Our first point of contact with the palace allows us to appreciate the beauty of its gardens, which are divided into three areas. In one of them, known as the Gardens of the Island, you can see a spectacular complex of vegetation, statues and art practically surrounded on three of its sides by the Tajo River, while to the north is the Royal Palace.
The other two garden zones are called the Garden of Parterre and the Garden of Isabel II. Both are more recent, since the first was created in the 18th century and the second was designed in the first half of the 19th century. Therefore, our guided visit through the Gardens of Aranjuez is a true walk through the history of Spanish landscaping.
In addition to touring the gardens, we will obviously take advantage of the excursion to Aranjuez in order to enter the rooms of the Royal Palace. Awaiting us there are endless rooms of great variety, both for their uses and for their decorations. We will see, for example, the China Room, which is ornamented in an oriental character and has the Cabinet of Porcelain, where an important collection of this ceramic material is kept.
We will also pass through the different formal halls and salons, which dazzle from their carpets to their historic lamps, passing by the paintings that hang from their walls or the period furniture that has stood the test of time.
The itinerary through the Palace is quite varied and interesting, and there are places that catch the attention of all visitors, such as the spectacular Throne Room where the kings officially receive their guests.
Not to mention the delicate Arab cabinet, a room created in 1850 with Moorish accents in its vault and which is known as the smoking lounge.
In addition to showing you the secrets and treasures of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez that date back centuries, we will also have time for much more recent episodes, such as going to the room where the outfits from the latest royal weddings are displayed. There you will be able to see the wedding dresses of the queens Sofia and Letizia, and of the infants Elena and Cristina.
In short, our guided visit to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez combines history, art, nature, luxury, curiosities and other elements that you simply cannot miss.
Note: The Museum of the Royal Feluccas will not be visited in October due to technical reasons