The origin of Aranjuez goes hand in hand with the Order of Santiago,a religious and military order whose aim was to protect pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago and to fight Muslims. Members of this order used the camp of Aranjuez as a hunting ground and built a palace garden there between 1387 and 1409.
In 1497, Ferdinand assumed the mastership of the Order of Santiago, and joined the Order and the field ofAranjuez to the Crown Spain. Thereafter, Aranjuez has always been tied to the Spanish monarchy, partly because it is only only 47 km. from the capital. Later, Charles V also used this place as a refuge. But it was Philip II who, in 1560, founded the so-called Royal Sites and therefore Aranjuez and El Escorial were the two projects in which the king put most effort.
It was Fernando VI who in 1747 started the urban development of Aranjuez, allowing free settlement of people and planned streets, squares and buildings.The Real Sitio de Aranjuez (Royal Sites) is formed by aRoyal Palace, the Royal Gardens, the Royal House of Labrador and the Museum of Royal Feluccas.
Aranjuez is famous for having inspired the Maestro Rodrigo to compose his famous Concierto de Aranjuez.