Moving to Aranjuez Spain
Moving to Aranjuez Spain has been one of the best decisions we made and these are the reasons why we love it here…
WHY NOT THE CENTRE OF MADRID
When we decided to move to Madrid we weren’t sure where to look for a place to live because we only knew it from a tourist perspective… Hubby was adament that he did not want to live in the centre of Madrid and I had to agree that although I loved it, the crowds got to me at times…
It took us three weeks to find a place while we stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. During that time we looked at countless homes and it was rather stressful because many of the owners or agencies wanted ridiculous amounts of security deposits.
WHY DID WE DECIDE ON ARANJUEZ
The short answer is that we saw the most amazing house for a really good price in this area. I then had to convince hubby to look at it because he wasn’t sure about the distance to and from his work. At the end we didn’t take that house but we both fell in love with the area and decided there and then that it was the place we wanted to be.
WHAT MAKES ARANJUEZ SO SPECIAL
Aranjuez (35 minutes drive south of Madrid centre by car/bus or 45 minutes by train from Atocha station) has so much beauty and history. The largest river in the Peninsula (called Tagus) runs through here. There are massive parks and a beautiful Renaissance, French-influenced Royal Palace.
On the grounds of the palace, next to the river, you’ll find gardens like the Jardín de la Isla (Gardens of the Islands) and in the Jardín de Principe (Prince’s Garden) you’ll find Casa del Labrador (a neo-classical mansion) and a beautiful pond with a Chinese inspired pavilion.
WHY DO WE LOVE IT HERE?
We love the fact that we live walking distance from almost everything we need on a daily basis. It literally takes us 5 minutes by foot to Luca’s school in the morning. Then, when we feel like we need something more lively, maybe watch a show on broadway, we head to Madrid for just that 🙂
WHAT TO SEE IN ARANJUEZ IN ONE DAY
- The Royal Palace
- Casa del Labrador
- The Tagus River
- Macaw Sanctuary (the kids will love this!)
- Royal Barges Museum which features vessels from the 17th – 19th century
- Aranjuez Bullring (built in the 17th century)
- Real Cortijo Winery or El Regajal winery (both wineries are situated just outside the centre of Aranjuez)
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ARANJUEZ
- Aranjuez has been one of the Royal Estates of the Crown of Spain since the times of Philip II in 1560.
- Until 1752 only the royalty and nobility were allowed to dwell in the town.
- In 2001 the cultural landscape of Aranjuez was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Aranjuez has a population of approximately 55,000 people and it is the 17th largest city in the Community of Madrid, And the autonomous community’s largest and most populous urban centre outside the greater Madrid area.
THE STRAWBERRY TRAIN
Very soon the Strawberry Train will start running on Saturdays and Sundays (until the end of October) from the Príncipe Pio station close to the centre of Madrid. This well known ‘Tren de la Fresa’ journeys to Aranjuez. The convoy made up of wooden cars called ‘Costa’ was built between 1914 and 1930, a second-class passenger car belonging to one of the first series of metallic cars ordered by Renfe between 1947 and 1953, a wagon and a van from the 1960s originally destined for the Chief Train Manager, will travel the route inaugurated by the Queen Isabel II on 9 February 1851.
I seriously can’t wait to take Luca!
We have settled in very well here in Aranjuez and love taking walks next to the river, feeding the ducks and breathing in the fresh country air. Life is simply good here. Many times, walking in the gardens I imagine myself living during those times and how different life would have been… Do you do that sometimes too?
Until next time guys! Thanks for taking the time out to read my post.