Located at the confluence of the rivers Jarama and Tajo, at some 50 Km South of Madrid, Aranjuez has been the home of the Kings of Spain since the XV Century. It was Felipe II who gave it the title of Royal Site the following Century and had, among other things, the channels built to irrigate the land that have turned Aranjuez into the orchard and gardens we see today.
Until the end of the XIX Century, one king has succeeded another, changing this Site as the needs and fashions of every period dictated.
As a result, Aranjuez has become a combination of all different styles and possible tastes; the gardens of La Isla, el Parterre and the Principe being the most outstanding.
Jardín de La Isla:
Located between the Tajo River and a channel, this garden is essentially an island reached by two bridges.
At the beginning its central walkway ran under an avenue of mulberry trees entwined overhead and tunneled-trellis. Also, there were numerous fountains of Islamic influence decorated with coloured stones and tile bases, as well as flower beds in the Flemish style.
Today few things of that garden remain as La Isla was transformed into another of French influence in the XVIII Century, and lost the galleries or tunneled-trellis of the central aisle.