Wine tourism is represented in Aranjuez by two very different
wineries. El Regajal is a modern winery, located on the
eponymous estate to the south of the town. It has a certain
reputation amongst Madrid wines and produces tasty wines of the
Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah
varieties. But, in addition to its wines, this estate has been
known since 1848 for being a nature reserve for butterflies and
a mecca for entomologists from all over Europe.
On the other hand, Charles III’s Bodega del Real Cortijo, located in the Cortijo de San Isidro, is a magical underground sanctuary, in whose tunnels wines have matured since the 18th century. It has an attractive classical façade, with a landscaped square for access, and today it is a space that can be visited by tourists and offers tastings of the wines that have thrived in its subsoil. Along with the rest of the Cortijo, it has been declared a “Historic Artistic Monument” and deserves, along with the town center of the Cortijo, an attractive visit.
Strawberries, which gave our train its name in 1851, are
grown in the Aranjuez orchard in two varieties of Rosaceae:
strawberries and long stem strawberries.
The strawberry is a wild species, called 'fragania', which grows naturally in the forests, with small, sugary, aromatic fruit that is highly appreciated for its excellent quality. In recent years, this variety has been grown much less due to the delicacy of the fruit, which complicates the harvesting process and is cumbersome for the farmer. For all these reasons, currently barely five hectares are grown in the Aranjuez orchard.
The long stem strawberry is a hybrid developed by botanists in the 18th century, with the crossing of several species that came from America. Larger in size than strawberries, it can be just as sweet, although less aromatic. Its quality and sweetness make it unique, and although many varieties are grown today, none resembles the one grown in Aranjuez.
The Strawberry Train offers a tasting of strawberries picked that same day. Strawberries are not distributed given the impossibility of obtaining, in good conditions, the ton and a half that we distribute each year.
The Tumult of Aranjuez
The Festivities of the Tumult of Aranjuez, which are
celebrated the first weekend of September, are, together with
those of May 30—Saint Fernando’s day—, the most important in
Aranjuez, and have been declared of National Tourist Interest.
They began to be held in 1982 and commemorate the historical events that occurred in 1808, which were popularly known as the "Tumult of Aranjuez", and led to the fall of Manuel Godoy, minister of Charles IV, and the rise to the throne of his son Ferdinand VII.
The central event of this festival is the popular representation of the Tumult in the palace’s surroundings, in which nearly two hundred residents dressed in period costumes with great scenic and technical development participate. The assault on the Palace of Godoy and parades of rioters through the streets are also represented, culminating in the symbolic burning of his belongings and his confinement in the municipal dungeons.
Within the framework of the Festival of the Tumult, other acts are celebrated, such as the appointment of the "Chief Rioter" or the Goyaesque Bullfight in the bullring. The Festivities of the Tumult are one more reason to come to the Royal Precinct in September and enjoy its charm in a truly unique context.