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Medina Azahara Guided Tour
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Medina Azahara Guided Tour

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  • 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.

Price

Adults Children between 4 and 10 years old Children under 4 years old
Tour with transport
US$ 24.30
US$ 12.20
Free
Tour without transport
US$ 18.80
US$ 5.50
Free

Tour with transport

  • Adults

    US$ 24.3
  • Children between 4 and 10 years old

    US$ 12.2
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

Tour without transport

  • Adults

    US$ 18.8
  • Children between 4 and 10 years old

    US$ 5.5
  • Children under 4 years old

    Free

More Information

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.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of 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).

from
US$ 18.80
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Meeting point

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

Cancellations

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.

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