Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Aranjuez

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Three kings played a role in the construction of Royal Palace of Aranjuez: Philip II, Ferdinand VI, and Charles II, all of whom are commemorated with statues at the site. Appreciate the building’s grand façade, then stroll through the interior, with its opulently decorated rooms. Portraits and information placards help you gain a deeper understanding of Spain’s royal history. The palace gardens are large, built to relieve royal residents from the dust and drought in this part of Spain. An onsite museum features a collection of Spain’s royal pleasure barges. Audio guides are available, but a guided tour grants you access to some additional areas. To visit Royal Palace of Aranjuez and get the most from your holiday in Aranjuez, create itinerary details personal to you using our Aranjuez trip planner.
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  • The palace was interesting, with a real variety of decor from room to room. Gardens were overgrown and plain. There is nowhere to park a bike and the security guards are very quick to whistle and... 
    The palace was interesting, with a real variety of decor from room to room. Gardens were overgrown and plain. There is nowhere to park a bike and the security guards are very quick to whistle and...  more »
  • The structure struck me as more massive than elegant. It has been reworked through the years by later kings and queens. It has very nice gardens behind it. Toured the interior. For most of the palace....  more
    The structure struck me as more massive than elegant. It has been reworked through the years by later kings and queens. It has very nice gardens behind it. Toured the interior. For most of the palace....  more »
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  • Nice palace, definitely come visit it for free if you can. It's a bit small though, and one would expect the garden to be more well maintained. There are around 10-12 rooms accessible by the public where the Spanish monarchs used to spend their time surrounded by luxury.
  • Far from the biggest or the best palace I’ve ever seen. The palace has small gardens that need quite a bit of maintenance and uplifting. There are scattered hours in which the fountains are on which would be nicer, I guess, but the gardens aren’t much to write home about. As for the interiors, there are some lovely rooms inside the palace — the most extraordinary being the Moorish-influenced one, which really is stunning. However, there are not many rooms that are accessible to the public via the route given. You can be done with the interiors of the palace within 45 minutes. At a push, you could spend 1.5 hours. The staff are nice enough but this is also yet another palace/museum in the wider Madrid area that does not allow photography inside. Bizarre considering other palaces in Europe allow photography and this palace was quite a bit quieter than others I’ve been to. Facilities inside are also limited. I would suggest to visit if you’re a completist but you’d be better off going to the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo for a day trip.

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