The Strawberry Train (Tren de la Fresa)


From now until September, it will be possible to take a nostalgic journey into the past on a steam locomotive. The train is meant to depict what was the second peninsular line, inaugurated in 1851 by Isabel II. Operating out of Madrid’s Atocha station and with the Royal town of Aranjuez as the destination, passengers will be able to take a journey on this train with stewardesses dressed in period costume, who serve fresh strawberries – typical fruit from the area.

Though the Royal Palace of Aranjuez was used as a retreat in the time of the Catholic Kings and Queens, it was Phillip II who told his architects, the same ones who built designed El Escorial, to further change and expand the palace. Fernando VI and Carlos III also had a hand in the development in the palace we now see and which sits on the rivers Tajo and Jarama. The result is a beautiful palace with fabulous gardens.

Departure days
May 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30th
June 5, 6, 12, 19, 20, 26 and 27
July 3, 4, 10, 11
September 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
October 2, 3, 9, 10

Train times
Leaves Atocha 10.05 – Arrives Aranjuez 10.55
Leaves Aranjuez 18.00 – Arrives Atocha 18.55

Adults 23 Euros; Children 15 Euros

Price includes
Train Journey
Strawberries served by stewardesses in typical costume
Bus from the station to the historic part of the town
Visits to the Royal Palace, Garden of Panterre (both with guides) and FalĂșas Museum

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