Aranjuez is a Royal town lying south of Madrid at the confluence of the Tagus and Jarama rivers. An old quarter, royal palaces, and gardens in perfect harmony between nature and man are main reasons for declarng it a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. The palace was intended as a spring and summer residence for the royal family and is renowned for its gardens and fountains. The palace was built in a combination of white stone from Colmenar de Oreja and brick, giving a two-toned effect that was adopted for the rest of the palace. Three hundred years of royal attention to the development and care of the place created spectacular gardens and monuments and in the summer season great number of tourists visit it.