by Jorge Sanchez - 10 months, 2 weeks ago
The visit of Aranjuez (UNESCO site) represents a lovely one day excursion from Madrid. The train gets you there in about half an hour, and then you still have 10 minutes walking until the entrance to the Royal Palace. Some days of the week the entrance is free. I was lucky to go one of those days and did not pay any ticket, nor for the felucca section. But in the Casa del Labrador I had to pay because they did not follow the rules of the Royal Palace. The site consists basically on the Royal Palace plus the gardens and the Casa del Labrador (the peasant's house). But there are old churches, monasteries and other palaces. It was our king Felipe II who ordered its construction. You are not allowed to take pictures in the Royal Palace, nor in the Felucca Museum, only in the gardens. Inside the Royal Palace I loved the Gabinete de Porcelana plus the Gabinete Árabe; this last one reminds me the Alhambra of Granada. The gardens are lovely, with glorietas or kiosks, statues of the greek mythology,. lakes, and the river Tajo nearby. The village itself, Aranjuez, is also worth a visit. In all I spent the full day in Aranjuez. I had a typical lunch based on strawberries, the local fruit: Gazpacho with strawberries, fish with strawberry sauce and for dessert.... strawberries and cream (fresas con nata)! One of my friends, a traveler woman from California, probably the best woman traveler in the world in present times, told me that one of her best highlights during her journeys in Spain was listening in a concert on the open air in front of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, the piece Concierto de Aranjuez, by the spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo.