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Medina Azahara Guided Tour
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Medina Azahara Guided Tour

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Mandatory visit !!! Very good guides !!!
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  • English English
  • 3 hours

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.

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:

  • 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. Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own.
  • Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
  • All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear gloves throughout its duration.
  • Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.
  • Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
  • The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
  • The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.
  • The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.
  • Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
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Price

Adults Children between 4 and 10 years old Children under 4 years old
Tour with transport
US$ 25.90
US$ 13
Free
Tour without transport
US$ 20
US$ 8.30
Free

Tour with transport

  • Adults

    US$ 25.90
  • Children between 4 and 10 years old

    US$ 13
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

Tour without transport

  • Adults

    US$ 20
  • Children between 4 and 10 years old

    US$ 8.30
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

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Duration

3 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.

Included

Official English speaking guide.

Entrance to the Medina Azahara.

Transport from Cordoba by bus (optional).

Shuttle bus service from the Reception Centre to the archaeological site.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the previous day (6:00 pm local time) if there are still places available.

Digital voucher

We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in the activity.

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 still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

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US$ 19.90
No hidden fees or surcharges
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).