The Royal Summer Palace and gardens of Aranjuez grew up around a medieval hunting lodge standing beside a natural weir, the meeting point of the Tagus and Jarama rivers.
Today's palace of brick and white stone was built by the Hapsburg's in the 18th century and redecorated by the Bourbons. Inside there are numerous Baroque rooms, among them the Chinese Porcelain Room, the Hall of Mirrors and the Smoking Room modelled on the Alhambra in Granada.
The royal gardens - Jardín de la Isla - are freely open to all, and well worth taking a walk through.
Peeling bark has created an interesting camouflage design on the trunks of the Plane trees
These are the plains of La Mancha - the land where Miguel de Cervante set his novel 'The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote' who mistook the windmills to be giants!!! These plains are also the home of the Crocus sativus - saffron crocus, and the largest area in the world for producing wine.
The small town of El Toboso celebrates its literary connection being the home of Dulcinea - Don Quixote's sweetheart.
Here I spied something that could be a future 'quess the quiz'!!!