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Aranjuez: a former Royal Summer residence

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www: Aranjuez official site
www: Royal Palace of Aranjuez

Regular Cercanías trains to Aranjuéz travel from Madrid's Atocha railway station. Buses leave from Estación del Sur de autobuses. By car Aranjuéz is reached by taking the N-IV (direction Andalucía) south from the city.

The first thing one notices when approaching Aranjuéz is its lush greenery, in sharp contrast to the surrounding arid landscape. The principal points of interest here are the 18th century Palacio Real (Royal Palace), the Casa del Labrador (Labourer's Cottage) and some exceptionally fine gardens, especially the Jardin del Príncipe (Prince's Gardens). Since Aranjuéz lies about halfway between Madrid and Toledo, one might consider making a single outing from Madrid to visit both sites.

Learn more at Aranjuez's Official website.

Strawberry train:
Tren del a Fresa (Strawberry Train) a classic old style railway service, will take you there every Saturday and Sunday from the 28th of april to July 1st, and from the 15th of September to October 14th.
RESERVATIONS @ RENFE 902 24 02 02
Informatión and bookings: Travel agencies, Renfe and Railway Museum www.museodelferrocarril.org y www.aranjuez-realsitio.com