The royal palace`s surrounding areas are transformed by Autumn into extravagant golden gardens
After seeing Toledo, on my way back to Madrid I decided to stop for a while in Aranjuez. Truth to be told, I had no idea what I will find there. Toledo was a medieval fortress surrounded by big defensive walls and narrow streets placed in a rocky arid area. Now, on the other hand, I was finding myself in the middle of a big square with broad avenues, trees with golden leaves marking the margins and a big renaissance fountain in the middle of it. Not very far I could see a formal garden and the silhouette of a palace. I was confused because I felt like I was in another country. It reminded me of Nymphenburg Palace in Munchen, Germany.If I did not know better I would have thought that I travelled through time. Probably the best time to visit Aranjuez is in Autumn. Everything is transformed and it looks like a big garden with trees made out of gold adding a touch of glamour. Maybe it was not the most beautiful place I ever saw but in that moment the abundance of intense yellow and the golden light induced me a state of happiness while I was walking despite the fact that I was tired.
Aranjuez it used to be a hunting royal estate but when the capital was moved from Toledo to Madrid in the 16th century they decided to build a royal palace.Because of the mild climate compared with the arid and coldness during winter in Toledo, Aranjuez became a Spring royal residence. Nobody was allowed to live in Aranjuez except the nobility and the guards. the auxiliary personnel was living in the villages close to the palace. The palace was built for a period of 200 years, the las wings were added in the 18th century. Because of the extensive time of building it has the influences of the Renaissance, French Imperial, Rococo and late Baroque. The palace, the gardens and the auxiliary buildings were declared UNESCO-World Heritage Site.
The palace is open to the public but the surrounding gardens attracted me more. There are four gardens around the palace following the banks of River Tagus, Parterre Garden, Queens Garden, Kings Garden and Island Garden which attracted me the most. Nymphs statues adorn the staircase leading to the Island Garden. It is a formal garden with influences from the Renaissance, the symmetry plays an important role trying to bring art and nature in perfect harmony.
From symmetry are created intimate spots which have as a focal point a fountain decorated with mythological statues. The garden is a perfect example of the Spanish Renaissance The light is filtered through the yellow leaves and the entire place looks so serene. It was like walking into fifty shades of yellow Autumn dream.The sound of the fountains had such musicality that blended perfectly into surrounding yellow. It sounded yellow, it even tasted like yellow,
My trip to Aranjuez was a blessing, I never felt the Autumn the way I felt it when I was walking through the garden. It was like trees were embracing me when I was passing by and Autumn was opening for me a world I have never seen before.
Aranjuez is 42km south of Madrid so while there is perfect for one day trip.The admission to the gardens is free but the schedule might be different from one season to another, is better to check the official site for information.