This is the largest garden in Aranjuez, about 3 km long and 145 hectares in area. It has its origins in the 16th century, with the old orchard of the Guindalera de la Encomienda de Alpajés and the Sotillo de Gonzalo Chacón, whose orchards were designed by Juan Bautista de Toledo. In 1756 they were reformed with the participation of Esteban Boutelou, Ruitgers and Santiago Bonavía. By Royal Order of King Carlos III, in 1772, work began to unify the grounds in the European landscape style, developed by the Prince of Asturias, the future King Carlos IV. The project was completed in 1864, and the garden was enclosed by iron railings in 1900, according to the design of Félix Muñoz. The Prince's gate is the work of Villanueva, built in 1791 in limestone masonry.
Access to the Island Garden, the Prince's Garden and the Parterre Garden is free at the following times:
January 1st - February 28th, 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. March 1st - March 15th, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. March 16th - last weekend of March, 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Last weekend of March - June 15th, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. June 16th - August 15th, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. August 16th - September 30th, 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. October 1st - last weekend of October, 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Last weekend of October - December 31st, 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.