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A visit to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez—a residence of the King of Spain in the Community of Madrid—is a breathtaking experience.
© Joaquín Álvarez

Aranjuez Cultural Landscape, Spain

Madrid, Spain
In a fertile valley formed by the Tajo and Jarama River basins, the vast gardens of Spain's Aranjuez Palace became the site of Europe's most important collection of cultivated trees. Declared a royal site for the Spanish Crown in the late 15th century, this seminal cultural and scientific accomplishment became a leisure destination for the Royal Court during the 17th and 18th centuries.