How to get that Summertime feeling in Aranjuez
I don’t know how many times I’ve said out loud how blessed I feel to live in a beautiful place like this…
Everywhere you turn, there’s something else to take your breath away.
To see why we decided to move here you can visit my post Moving to Aranjuez Spain.
Aranjuez is a town on the River Tagus in central Spain, south of Madrid. Its Renaissance, French-influenced Royal Palace has an elaborate facade and a lavishly decorated interior, including a porcelain room. In the photo above you can see south facing facade of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. However for the purpose of this post, I´m going to share things you can do in Aranjuez during Summer, to the get that summertime feeling 🙂
I especially love how green everything is here during Summer. Walking next to the river you can spot people canoeing which they rented from the local canoe club. In August Aranjuez will be hosting the Campeonato de España de Maratón (a national canoe competition) during 10 – 12 August (2018).
I love watching the little tourist train Chiquitrén transport people eager to learn about the history of this beautiful city. There are two routes you can take, one that departs from the theatre in the historic centre and another from the royal palace. The tour last for about 50 minutes and costs 6€ per adult and 3€ per child.
You can also take the Tren de la Fresa (Strawberry excursion train) from Madrid to Aranjuez which was constructed in 1851 as the second railway line in Spain. These trains depart between April and October from Príncipe Pío station in Madrid at 09:50 and depart from Aranjuez back to Príncipe Pío at 18:55.
There are tons of spots for the perfect picnic in the Jardín del príncipe (gardens of the prince) and the gardens of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. The kids will love feeding the ducks too, so don´t forget to pick up a baguette from the local panadería (bakery) for this 🙂
To end the day why not stop at one of the many local restaurants for a lovely meal. One of our favourites is Nueva Italia in calle de San Antonio where the service is good and their hamburgers are exceptional (just don´t expect a menu filled with Italian choices…). We also love the views from restaurante jardín del princípe right in front of the park and the views over the river from restaurante el rana verde in calle de la Reina.
I hope this post was informative and gave you a good idea of what you can do in Aranjuez during Summer. Also check out my other posts about places to visit for a day trip from Madrid like for example Ávila and San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
Ciao! Happy tanning!