Trip Start Sep 11, 2015
9Trip End Oct 26, 2015
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Unlike most other cities / villages, this one did not have clear signs directing you to a parking lot. I drove in circles for 20 minutes until I found a parking lot 1 km / a 15 minute walk outside the center.
I went to the indoor market that I had seen along the way, only to discover that they were closing up for the day… :-(
Using the tourist map I had collected at the tourist info office, I went to have a look at some palace, only to discover that it was dilapidated and the building now for sale... :-(
I decided to take a walk through the park, only to discover that it was closed because a storm had loosened lots of branches and they were working on making it safer.
So by that time my impression of Aranjuez was quite negative!
Rather desperately I wandered around looking for a not-so-terrible place to eat and stumbled upon a fast-food type of place which actually served a nice gazpacho soup, salad with fried fish and desert, three courses for only €7.50. The lady was very friendly, it made up for the disappointing time in Aranjuez.
After lunch I had another little stroll around and saw a nice big garden. But pretty soon I walked to my car and drove to Toledo. Goodbye Aranjuez!