Aranjuez is more than a concerto !

And we came to the wonderful city of Aranjuez, a princely town made very famous by all Spaniards for the concerto created by Joaquin Rodrigo on an old story of love between a prince and princesse, hear it, sublime music of Aranjuez. My mother made me come into it when a boy and it has always stay with me up to today.

The tourist office is at http://www.aranjuez.es/index.php/turismo  and a site with more info in Spanish  http://www.aranjuez.com/

We follow by car the A40 from Cuenca all the way to Aranjuez that is in the Comunidad de Madrid, just South of it and closer to Toledo.

We came right into the the Church chapel of San Antonio after passing the arches that hold the Church together on each side. This is right next to the Royal palace or Palacio Real. Here we took the chiquitren or litle train ride all over town for about 50 minutes and 5,50€ per person good deal.

We did our usual walking around town soaking in the local life after the litle train ride into Calle Principe where we found free parking, and Calle Postas right by the Mercado del Abasto or food covered market.

The Calle Postas takes you right into the Plaza de Toros on your left at corner with calle mirasierra. Its not a major arena so we just walk around it. We headed back walking to see the garden or Jardin de Isabel II and a nice statue of the Queen.

The Palacio Real we did not go in as already seen lots of palaces including this one before, but for first timers is a must. We rather had some granizados crushed ice with flavored drinks for the heat and continue walking into the jardin del Principe and Parterre of the castle behind it.

The highlight for us is the local food and off tourist trails we headed for one closer to the plaza de toros, the De Cañas en Fedario, at Calle Postas ,68. This was great menu for 7,50€ included a first plate of Arroz con Tres Delicias, Gazpacho, ensaladilla Rusa, and then second plate of chicken breasts, roasted pig a la plancha, or hake fish rounds in spices, all with french fries, dessert we had arroz con leche and flan, beers of mahou very cold , a great deal indeed. No web of course….

While in town you notice a nice looking Church on end of calle Principe, this the Church of Alpajes (also known as the Señora de Angustias) and see the wonderful fountain of Apolo at Plaza de la Mariblanca right in front of the Palace.http://www.diocesisgetafe.es/index.php/diocesis/parroquias/89-nuestra-se-ora-de-las-angustias-alpaj-s

It was a quick visit that we combine with our next town, see it in next post. In the meantime, enjoy Aranjuez and its concerto ! Cheers

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