What to do and see in Aranjuez, Spain: The Best Places and Tips

February 13, 2018 Toi Mattera

Aranjuez is the home of Palacio Real (Royal Palace), the spring residence of Spanish kings since the late 1880s. The beautiful gardens surrounding the palace are just as famous as the residence and are the inspiration for “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo, one of Spain’s most significant composers of the 20th century. During the summer, join the local tradition of eating dinner in the picnic area next to the Tagus River. UNESCO designated Aranjuez as a World Heritage landscape in 2001 and a very large casino was built in 2005.
Restaurants in Aranjuez

1. Casa del Labrador

Jardines del Principe, Aranjuez, Spain +34 918 91 03 05
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

Casa del Labrador

Reviewed By PaulineLaverick - Torrevieja, Spain

Being retirees we cannot walk far so opted for the Chiqui train tour of the Gardens. It proved a wise move as the weather was not kind. Would like to see the Gardens again in summer.

2. Royal Palace of Aranjuez

Plaza de Parejas, 28300 Aranjuez, Spain +34 918 91 07 40
Excellent
48%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Royal Palace of Aranjuez

Reviewed By Colleen M - Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa

We were staying on the nearby campsite so all we had to do was cross the footbridge over the river, walk through the beautiful Gardens and 15 minutes later we were in the centre of Aranjuez.
What a truly stunning city, with beautiful large plazas, beautiful palace and absolutely stunning Gardens.
A delight and one that should not be missed.

3. Jardin del Principe.

Calle de La Reina 6, 28300 Aranjuez, Spain +34 918 91 04 27
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Jardin del Principe.

Reviewed By BennyMalaga - Malaga, Spain

The Jardin del Principe is a very large park and it is very enjoyable to walk there, with plenty of peace and quiet. There was an interesting place there where they joined several cypress trees to make a sort of protected place.

4. Museo de Faluas Reales

Calle Fuente de La Reina s/n, 28300 Aranjuez, Spain +34 918 91 07 40
Excellent
28%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 182 reviews

Museo de Faluas Reales

Reviewed By BennyMalaga - Malaga, Spain

We took a walk in the Jardin del Principe until we came to this small museum. The ships or barges were beautiful and we enjoyed seeing them. I wish that they would allow photography here because none of the exhibits will deteriorate if you photograph them without flash.

5. Jardin del Rey

Av. de Palacio s/n, 28300 Aranjuez, Spain
Excellent
43%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Jardin del Rey

Reviewed By A-Hodaiby - Cairo, Egypt

A well preserved royal garden attached to Aranjuez Royal Palace. Adjacent to Jardin De La Isla which has plenty of nice Fountains and huge green areas.
One of the best Gardens I have seen is Spain, and the one with the biggest number of OPERATING Fountains.

6. Jardin de la Isla

Av de Palacio, 28300 Aranjuez, Spain
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Jardin de la Isla

Reviewed By MikeWhoLovesToTravel

Surrounded by the River Targus this was the highlight of our trip to Aranjuez. A massive garden divided majestically and frequented by many Fountains each with their own story. Great place to spend an hour or so in peace.

7. Real Iglesia de San Antonio

Carretera Andalucia 4, 28300 Aranjuez, Spain +34 918 91 66 93
Excellent
28%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Real Iglesia de San Antonio

Reviewed By Amazon122s - Santa Comba Dao, Portugal

Ferdinand VI of Spain has given the order to build the Royal Church of San Antonio a chapel dedicated to Saint Antony of Padua as an Oratorio to replace an earlier private chapel constructed during the reign of Philip IV of Spain. It stands on the south side of a large parade square known as 'Mariblanca' which leads into the courtyard of Royal Palace known as Plaza de Parejas or the Couples Square who is located besides the palace.
By driving to Aranjuez, you should drive to the “Calle de Andalucía” on the end of it before the arch you have the chapel on your left, just drive under the arch and you have on your right the “Tourist Info”. Continue until the roundabout and turn to the left to take the parallel “Calle de Florida” and try to find a parking space it is for free in those two streets. By leaving the Tourist office you have on the opposite side the “Casa de Casa de Caballeros y Officios”, going through this one you arrive on the “Plaza das Parejas” and you find your selve at a few steps of the “Royal Palace” with the “Jardin de la Isla”.Take your time do visit the “Jardin de la Isla” who contains also the Fountain of Hercules and Anteo, a nice garden to visit, and you also find public toilets into.

8. Fuente de Hercules y Anteo

Jardin del Parterre. Palacio Real de Aranjuez, 28300 Aranjuez, Spain
Excellent
21%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

Fuente de Hercules y Anteo

Reviewed By Amazon122s - Santa Comba Dao, Portugal

Fuente de Hércules y Anteo.
In front of the “Royal Palace you have the “Jardin del Parterre”, a nice garden who has the Fountain of Hercules and Anteo on the end and bordering on the river Tajo.
The Fountain is the most spectacular part of the park, and when you return on you steps towards the Palace, on your right you will have a small bridge who leads you into the “Jardin de la Isla” on the right side of the Palace, also a need park to visit with some Fountains and a small but very beautiful waterfall on the right when crossing the small bridge and heading towards the toilets.
After this visit, comeback to the small bridge and leave the park straight ahead and doing so you arrive on the “Plaza das Parejas” or the Couples Square.
Aranjuez maybe not that great, but it is a need place to visit.

9. Fuente de la Mariblanca

Plaza San Antonio s/n, 28300 Aranjuez, Spain
Excellent
26%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
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Poor
7%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Fuente de la Mariblanca

Reviewed By A-Hodaiby - Cairo, Egypt

A magnificent Fountain surrounded by beautiful Gardens and many flowers. Adjacent to the royal palace, and can be visited day and night.

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