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Activities in Córdoba

Medina Azahara Guided Tour

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Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts
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Discover the incredible "Shining City", the archaeological ruins of a Medieval citadel constructed in the first half of the 10th century by Abd-ar-Rahman III, the first Umayyad Caliph of Cordoba.

Discover the incredible "Shining City", the archaeological ruins of a Medieval citadel constructed in the first half of the 10th century by Abd-ar-Rahman III, the first Umayyad Caliph of Cordoba.

Medina Azahara Guided Tour Itinerary

Begin your tour of the Medina Azahara meeting in the centre of Cordoba for your short bus journey up to the remains of the fortress, located just 5 miles (8 km) from the city. Abandoned and looted just 80 years after construction, and buried over time, the former capital of al-Andalus was discovered at the end of the 19th century. Spreading across 276 acres (112 hectares), it is one of the largest archaeological sites in Spain.

On arrival at the ruined palace-city, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the Medina Azahara, exploring the ten per cent of the site that has been uncovered while your guide reveals the secrets hidden in the fortress. Limestone walls with intricate arabesque carvings, golden ceilings and pools of mercury made the Medina Azahara a magnificent palace complex that was as popular with the princes, artists and philosophers of the time as it was important politically.

Travel back in time to the 10th century and see how the Caliph of Cordoba lived as you wander through the different parts of the ancient fortified city, admiring the splendour of its mosques, towers, servants' quarters, bath complexes and aristocratic residences

After exploring the archaeological site, you'll have the opportunity for a brief rest before you visit the Medina Azahara Museum to discover the remains of the palace-city up close and learn more about the fascinating site. At the end of your visit, you'll return to Cordoba by bus.

Tour without transport

If you have access to your own vehicle and prefer to reach the Medina Azahara at your own pace, you can reserve this activity without transfers. If you book the tour without transport, please be ready and waiting at the Medina Azahara car park at 10:30 am.

Important information

In the case that the Medina Azahara Museum is closed, you'll watch a short film about the archaeological site instead of visiting the museum.

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Price

Adults Children 4-12 years old Children under 4 years old
Tour with transport
US$ 24.90
US$ 17
Free
Tour without transport
US$ 17
US$ 7.90
Free

Tour with transport

  • Adults

    US$ 24.90
  • Children 4-12 years old

    US$ 17
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

Tour without transport

  • Adults

    US$ 17
  • Children 4-12 years old

    US$ 7.90
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

* The price varies based on the chosen date

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Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19. Show more

Tours or activities will not consist of more than 25 people per group.

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.

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Duration

3 hours.

Language

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in Spanish.

Included

Official Spanish speaking guide

Entrance to the Medina Azahara

Transport from Cordoba by bus (depending on selected option)

Shuttle bus service from the Reception Centre to the archaeological site

When to book?

You can book up until 18 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

Printed material is avoided.

The activity helps the dissemination of local cultural heritage.

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

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Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

From
US$ 17
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Glorieta de la Cruz Roja (in front of Hotel Eurostars Palace)