Madrid, as any big city, is surrounded by smaller but not less interesting towns. The fantastic public transport system of this city is fast, clean and reliable and it will take to many of all the small towns and villages in the region.
Aranjuez is a special town, it is not just beautiful, but it carries a lots of history for the Spanish people.
The town was declared “Conjunto Histórico Artístico” in 1983 (Historic Artistic Grouping) and UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site.
You can start your trip to Aranjuez from Madrid from the stations of Atocha Renfe or Charmartin, from where you can take a train directly to the town.
One of the main sights in Aranjuez is the Royal Palace or Palacio Real de Aranjuez. This Palace is one of the residences of the King of Spain but it is also open to the public.
The other great sight of this town are the gardens around the Palace that date back to the Habsburg period. The Garden on the Island is situated on a man made island, and there you have also the Casa del Labrador a small, tiny palace situated in the Jardín del Principe or Princess’ Garden.
Besides all of these wonderful sites, the town of Aranjuez is a wonderful excuse for a quite day of strolling and sitting down on cafés to see life as it happens.
At the end of the day you can take the train that will take you back quickly to the centre of Madrid, and from there you will just have a short walk to Hotel Victoria4.