Aranjuez , City of Kings and history with many architectural charms. Place of orchards and fresh products thanks to the valley of the Tagus River. Named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is located 48kms from the capital and is a haven of peace amid the bustle of Madrid; perfect to rest from the madding crowd and lose yourself among its lush and picturesque gardens. Aranjuez, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful places in the Community of Madrid. And it is not that I say it, but the hundreds of tourists who wear it every day endorse this statement.
Known for being Villa Real for many centuries it retains all the flavor of its regal history. It was the retreat of many Spanish monarchs and therefore has exceptional value for those who love tradition and nature. Any time is good to visit Aranjuez, but nothing comparable with spring, when the colors and flowers shine in its gardens and its gastronomic and cultural activity has its maximum splendor
The strawberry train of Aranjuez
And it is right here, where we find the one known as Tren de la Fresa, thought for all those who want to know a little more about this corner of Madrid. It returns during the spring and autumn seasons (Saturdays and Sundays from April to October-except July and August) opening its doors with its traditional Madrid-Aranjuez route. A classic in the tourism of the Community, which has made this route for 34 years, commemorating its inauguration back in 1851, being the second railway section of the Peninsula.
Inside it seems that the years have not passed; the wooden seats, their wagons, their “guillotine” windows and balconies at the ends, go back to those years when traveling to the capital became easy and comfortable. The price, which is around € 25 for adults and € 17 for children, includes, in addition to the route, a tasting of the best strawberry in the area (and what a freson!), The bus transfer to the center, as well as the entrance fee. to the Royal Palace and Museum of the Falúas. Although it is also possible to choose between different routes- and different prices-: move in the famous “Chiquitrén”, learn more about the beautiful gardens or take a tour of the Tagus River thanks to the tourist boat.
Both the youngest and adults will enjoy the experience of traveling in a car where everything is pure recreation and even stewardesses dress then.
Tourism and gastronomy
Once you arrive in Aranjuez, it’s time to go sightseeing. The most typical: the Royal Palace, dating from the time of Felipe II being Juan Bautista de Toledo the main architect in charge of its construction. Without a doubt it is the favorite attraction of tourists. Surrounded by beautiful gardens-The Parterre and the Island – make this place exceptional. Equally famous is the Garden of the Prince , where long walks are a very common activity among those who visit, being the Chinescos, the Museum of the Falúasand the Casita del LabradorThe main attractions of the place. The historic center, the churches and other buildings make Aranjuez, a place of forced passage.
In addition, strawberries and strawberries has many products that you can taste such as asparagus or pheasant , very typical of the area by the way. The offer of restaurants in Aranjuez is wide and ranges from the bars of all the life, to restaurants with Estrella Michelin, as Casa José or avant-garde as Aguatinta .
Do not miss the opportunity to visit the locality on your own until the train takes you back to Madrid and reality, of course. There are already more than 170,000 passengers who have traveled aboard this tourist train and have fallen in love with an incomparable landscape.
Although if you prefer, you can spend the night in the town thanks to the multitude of hotels that live here and spend a different night among its streets or tempting luck in the Gran Casino de Aranjuez.
And you still do not know this corner of Madrid?