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Royal Palace of Aranjuez (Palacio Real de Aranjuez) Tours

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Royal Palace of Aranjuez (Palacio Real de Aranjuez)
A former royal residence and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Royal Palace of Aranjuez (Palacio Real de Aranjuez) is one of the grandest palaces in the Madrid region. With origins dating to the 16th century, the palace housed generations of the Spanish monarchy. Today, its opulent looks and grounds make it a popular tourist destination.

The Basics
Envisioned as an Italian-style villa, the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, notable for its red-and-white facade, was commissioned by Philip II of Spain and completed centuries later by Charles III. Over the generations, it expanded into a colossus—home to hundreds of lavishly decorated rooms and a sweep of gardens, the landmark nearly rivals Versailles in both scale and pomp. 

Full-day tours from Madrid are a convenient way to explore the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. Some itineraries pair a trip to the palace with stops at other nearby highlights, such as the city of Toledo and El Escorial Monastery. Hot-air balloon excursions offer an impressive perspective on the landmark.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • With its baroque beauty and centuries of heritage, the Royal Palace of Aranjuez is particularly appealing to architecture enthusiasts and history buffs.
  • Students, the elderly, and children get a discount on admission; those under age 5 enter for free.
  • Download the palace’s companion smartphone app and make use of its guides, which are available in more than a dozen languages.
  • The palace is accessible to wheelchairs (available to rent) and strollers.

How to Get There
The Royal Palace of Aranjuez is located about 27 miles (44 kilometers) south of Madrid in the town of Aranjuez, along the banks of the Tagus River. Several train lines run between Madrid and Aranjuez—the average journey time is under an hour.

When to Get There
The palace’s open days and hours vary depending on the season. Check online for details.

The Palace Gardens
The Royal Palace of Aranjuez may be a spectacle on its own, but the site’s vast gardens are just as impressive. Don’t miss the Prince’s Garden (Jardín del Principe), which houses sights like the 18th-century Casa del Labrador, a royal hunting lodge. The Island Garden (Jardín de la Isla) is another must-see.
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Madrid Combo Tour: Toledo and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip

Madrid Combo Tour: Toledo and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip

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Combine two incredible attractions and enjoy a discounted price with this Madrid Combo full-day tour to Toledo and Aranjuez. In the morning, delve into Toledo’s treasure trove of medieval architecture and El Greco artworks and then spend the afternoon discovering the regal majesty of Aranjuez, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed royal city with a rich architectural tableau. Absorb the botanical beauty of the Palacio Real’s gardens and see the boats that once carried royalty at the Museum of Royal Feluccas before returning to Madrid.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$122.55
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US$122.55
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Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip

Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip

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See a selection of Spain’s incredible attractions at a discounted price with a Madrid combo tour. In the morning, discover the architectural grandeur of the El Escorial monastery and feel emotionally stirred at the Valley of the Fallen monument, a moving sculpture that commemorates the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. In the afternoon, venture to the royal city of Aranjuez and visit the regal residences and impressive monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed royal city with a knowledgeable guide. Save 15% percent when booking both of these enriching excursions.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$127.40
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US$127.40
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Toledo & Aranjuez Luxury Private Tour

Toledo & Aranjuez Luxury Private Tour

Booking this 8-hour tour you will visit the cities of Aranjuez and Toledo: - Royal Palace of Aranjuez - Visit to the historical center of Toledo
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$684.46
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Toledo, Alcala and Aranjuez, one day Private Tour from Madrid

Toledo, Alcala and Aranjuez, one day Private Tour from Madrid

We will start in the morning, our first stop will be in Toledo, where we will be able to walk through the historic centre with our expert guide and we will get to know the main events that have taken place in this city in which one day Muslim, Jewish and Christian culture coexisted. After strolling through the cobblestone streets of Toledo, we will head towards our next destination: Aranjuez. There, we can visit the Gardens of the Royal Palace of Aranjuez, We will walk through the gardens of this Palace before leaving for our last stop: Alcalá de Henares. We will arrive in Alcalá de Henares in the afternoon, the city where Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was born, author of the most famous book in Spanish literature: the ingenious nobleman Don Quixote de la Mancha. Here we can walk along its main streets, full of old arcades, and visit one of the buildings of the University, founded in 1499 by Cardinal Cisneros.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$484.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Full Day tour from Madrid to Aranjuez and Chinchón with hotel pick up

Private Full Day tour from Madrid to Aranjuez and Chinchón with hotel pick up

Your chauffeur pick you up from your accommodation or place of choice in Madrid, you will head off to Aranjuez, located approx. 50 km from Madrid. Once in Aranjuez you will meet your official tour guide for a 3 hours guided visit, who will show you the most important monuments and places of the city. After the tour, you will continue only with your private driver to Chinchón to visit the Main Square and the most emblematic places. When your tour is over, your private driver will take you back to your hotel or place of choice in Madrid.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$521.74
Price varies by group size
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