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Casa José

The quietly elegant Casa José is packed on weekends with madrileños (people from Madrid) drawn by the beautifully prepared meats and local dishes with surprising innovations. It’s pricey but worth every euro. Downst…
Palace in Aranjuez

Palacio Real

The Royal Palace started as one of Felipe II’s modest summer palaces but took on a life of its own as a succession of royals, inspired by the palace at Versailles in France, lavished money upon it. By the 18th centu…
Spanish in Aranjuez

Carême

Right across the road from the royal palace's gardens, Carême is the work of respected local chef Jesús del Cerro whose cooking is assured and faithful to Spanish traditions with a few twists along the way. Try the …
Tapas in Aranjuez

Casa Pablete

Going strong since 1946, this casual tapas bar has a loyal following far beyond Aranjuez. Its croquetas (croquettes) are a major drawcard, as is the stuffed squid, and it’s all about traditional cooking at its best …
Museum in Aranjuez

Casa del Labrador

The 18th-century neoclassical Casa del Labrador, in the grounds of Aranjuez's Palacio Real, is worth a visit. It's a typical royal extravagance, albeit on a smaller scale than the main palace, and has the usual coll…
Museum in Aranjuez

Museo de Falúas

The Museo de Falúas is a museum of royal pleasure boats from days gone by.