Aranjuez is 50 km South of Madrid, and previously the spring retreat for the Spanish royal family.
We arrived here yesterday November 13th (after a couple of supermarket stops to invest in some christmas cava), and set out for a cycle ride around the palaces and gardens.
This is the Rio Tajo. The site (Camping Internacional Aranjuez, we like it) backs on to this river.
Palacio Real de Aranjuez. Built by King Philip 2nd in second half of 16th century.
Bob and Mirveen, fellow travellers, in front of the Palacio.
The palace and gardens inspired the Concerto of Aranjuez. Composed by Joaquín Rodrigo (blind since he was 3) in 1939.
Well worth a listen if you don’t know it by name.
You will find it familiar.
Fuente de la Mariblanca.
Iglesia de San Antonio.
Statue from Gardens. Caption suggestions please.
And this one.
After stopping for coffees at the Green Frog restaurant, we cycled on, on largely deserted roads and tracks, around the city.
The cats are very friendly around here.
Where did it go?