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“The most beautiful of the Royal Palaces”

Royal Palace of Aranjuez
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

This is not the largest, but it is arguably the most beautiful of the Royal Palaces, with its exquisite rooms such as the Porcelain Room and the Mudejar adornment of the ceiling in one of the antechambers.

Every single room hold stunning surprises. Many of the ceilings are extraordinary, but the hangings, the decorations, the paintings, the furniture are all beautiful. You never know where to look to see something unexpected.

On Wednesday afternoons there is free entry after 3pm to anyone who can accredit EU citizenship (ID card, passport, etc). The free entry is done as a free-format visit, with no guided tour option. You simply follow the route around the rooms and stare in wonder at the extraordinary art, clocks, porcelain and hangings. The visit takes about an hour if you do it at a gentle pace, looking at everything.

You can hire an audioguide for 4 Euros which will give you many more details of the palace and its decoration.

After finishing, turn left and go through the arches into the gorgeous palace gardens, allowing yourself to wander among the trees, the fountains and the pathways alongside the river. It is a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city, with free entry.

Photography is not permitted in the palace, but you should certainly have your camera to hand in the gardens. Even in autumn and winter there is plenty to see and plenty of attractive corners to photograph.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

We stopped off here for lunch to break a long motorway drive from France to Malaga. We picked a bad time, 2pm, when the schools were just breaking up and traffic was therefore busy. The royal palace buildings were impressive, but the surrounding areas of the town were scruffy with a lot of graffiti and litter. The garden areas were out of bounds to dogs, so we didn't get to see those. We struggled to find much choice of eating places for hot food which was surprising for such a tourist attraction. We should have done a bit of homework beforehand then we may have got more out of the visit.

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

As well as beautiful rooms, I was impressed by outside of the palace. This is the small town and very quiet. I felt relax and walking around. The palace was 10 min. from bus stop. It was easy to come from Madrid.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

I was worried about being Ina wheelchair as to whether I would be able to visit the Palace but I needn't have worried the staff couldn't have been more helpful. What a wonderful opulent place. I enjoyed the train journey around the gardens and into Arenjuez pointing out the old buildings we could have done with a bit more info on the history in the booklet though.
Another nice thing would have been a cafe run by the Palace in the grounds. My husband and I were only charged 1 entrance fee because I was disabled. Boarding the was doable if you have a little mobility.
All in all a very enjoyable and interesting day.

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

I have to say the palace looks splendid from the outside.
However having travelled over Spain for more than a week we found 18 euros to get in for what was on view disappointing.
Unless you want to pay extra for a guide to see the rest which seems somewhat a money spinner. We have travelled lots over Spain this month and feel that the amount charged for what you get very diss proportioned compared to other similar buildings.

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