The Royal Palace and Gardens of Aranjuez
The Royal Palace
Like El Escorial, the Royal Palace of Aranjuez was commissioned by King Philip II. Many additions to the palace were made over the centuries and it still serves as a royal residence for King Juan Carlos and the royal family.
The cost to enter the museum is 9 euros. However, if you are a citizen of the European Union, the museum is free from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Once you finish walking through the museum, the Island Gardens are right behind the palace. Ask one of the attendants for directions.
Jardin De La Isla
After viewing the Island Garden you will need to walk across the main road in order to get to the Jardin Del Principe (Garden of the Prince). Once you cross the road you will see a restaurant called El Rana Verde. I suggest you stop there and have a drink of your choice prior to walking to the Jardin Del Princepe.
Jardin Del Principe
How to Get to Aranjuez
I took the C1 cercanias train from Atocha which is 50 minutes each way.
I had a wonderful day visiting the palace, but there it is obvious that the upkeep of the palace is not being well cared for. There is graffiti on some of the walls under the arches, the paint looks old, and the fountains need to be cleaned. Maybe they are about to do some spring cleaning? I believe the palace and the gardens are an absolute treasure that should be cared for at the highest level.
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