Just 48 kilometres from Madrid are the gardens and palace of Aranjuez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A springtime visit is an excellent idea: the famous gardens are at their best, and you can also enjoy a fun trip on the Strawberry Train.

The Strawberry Train is a fun outing both children and adults will enjoy. If you're in Madrid at the moment, don't miss the chance to travel to the town of Aranjuez on this historic train for an enjoyable cultural day out for all the family. The line, which opened in 1851, was the second to operate in Spain. A ride on the Strawberry Train lets you experience what train journeys were like in the 19th century. The evocative journey takes just an hour, but it will seem much shorter. The train usually runs on weekends from late April to June, and in September and October, from Príncipe Pío Station.

You will travel in restored wooden carriages from the early 20th century, in a cosy and comfortable setting. While you enjoy the view, you can sample the famous strawberries of Aranjuez, provided by hostesses in period costumes. When you arrive, a tourist bus will take you to the Aranjuez heritage site. On the way, you will pass the main points of interest of this site, which was one of the places the 16th century Spanish Royal Family came to relax. The trip also includes two tours (to choose between). The first is a guided tour of the Royal Palace and entrance to the Museum of Royal Barges, where you can admire the important collection of boats used by royalty. The second is a guided tour of the Prince's Garden and the Island Garden, with a ride on the Tagus on the Aranjuez Tourist Boat.

Aranjuez , with its beautiful gardens and monuments, is one of the places around Madrid that are well worth a visit. And in spring, with the Strawberry Train, the experience is even more delightful.

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