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Old February 22nd, 2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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ARANJUEZ, Espaņa



ARANJUEZ, Espaņa

Country: Spain
Region: Comunidad de Madrid
Elevation: 494m (1,621 ft)
Population: 54,055

These pictures are from a trip to Aranjuez I made with a friend on November 24th 2012. The weather was fair but often cloudy so the splendour of this place is not fully captured but nevertheless the autumn colours compensate.

The city is between Madrid and Toledo and is easily accessible on the Cercania system from Madrid, taking about 40-45 minutes going through open countryside south of the capital. The climate is similar to Madrid, perhaps a little colder at night during the winter but mostly dry. It is one of the Royal Estates of the Crown of Spain since Philip II of Spain named it so in 1560. During the reign of Philip II of Spain, in the second half of the 16th century, the royal palace was built, designed by Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera. About 200 years later the city of Aranjuez itself followed during the reign of Ferdinand VI; previously, only relatives of the monarch had been allowed to live in Aranjuez. In 1808 after the city revolted, Charles IV of Spain was forced to abdicate in favour of his son Ferdinand VII of Spain.

Perhaps the first sight of note in the city is the train station - a beautiful building that welcomes you to the city. Of course, the Royal Palace catches your attention immediately when entering the main square. Many visit the Jardin del Principe or 'Prince's Garden' but this was strangely shut the day I visited so a return will be necessary. However, the Palace Gardens were equally as beautiful.

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Old February 22nd, 2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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lovely and beautiful Aranjuez....thanks for your awesome photos.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 05:29 PM   #4
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Extremely good photos of an amazing town. Thank you very much.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 09:10 PM   #6
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Great pics Mike. I thought the name of the place was familiar to me, and yes, it is. I once visited Aranjuez on our trip from Madrid to Toledo a century ago. Was a relaxed place, I remember vaguely.
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Extremely good photos of an amazing town. Thank you very much.
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Great pics Mike. I thought the name of the place was familiar to me, and yes, it is. I once visited Aranjuez on our trip from Madrid to Toledo a century ago. Was a relaxed place, I remember vaguely.
Thanks! Yes, it's very relaxed indeed. It was almost a shock having become accustomed to the pace of life in Madrid.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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Great, very nice new photo thread Mike also great photos
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 01:54 PM   #11
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Thanks guys! Much appreciated.
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Thanks for posting. Aranjuez is one place near Madrid I haven't been to.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 12:44 PM   #13
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Thanks for visiting! It's definitely worth the visit if you visit Madrid again.
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Thanks! I would have to agree haha.
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Old February 26th, 2013, 12:45 PM   #19
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Discover Spain with Bristol_Mike... is a pleasure :P beautiful Mike! Any picture of the village?
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