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  • Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba

    1. Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba

    The Caliph of Umayyad Córdoba, Abd al- Rahman III, ordered the construction of palace-city of Madinat al-Zahra, meaning "brilliant city" in Arabic, in the early 10th century. Located about 5 miles (8 km) from the city of Córdoba, this amazing collection of ornate buildings and monuments was created as a symbol of the Caliphi's power against its enemies. They also served as official government buildings. On your visit to this breathtaking site, you can choose between two options: a guided tour with or without a tourist bus. Guided Tour (with bus): Hop aboard the site's tourist bus and make your way to the center of the palatial city. Once there, visit the impressive visitor center before heading north to explore the main sections of the city, one by one. Guided Tour (without bus): Start with a visit to the impressive visitor center, where you will ex...

    Great guide - very knowledgeable and helped you imagine of what it could have been - considering we are visiting ruins

  • Cordoba: Medina Azahara 3–Hour Guided Tour

    2. Cordoba: Medina Azahara 3–Hour Guided Tour

    Either travel with the group from Cordoba or meet the group directly at the Medina Azahara, depending on what option you have chosen. At the archaeological site, you will learn about the historical context of the city and see every corner and nook that can be visited. This unique place full of legends will help you understand why Medina Azahara was called the Shining City. After this visit, continue to the visitor center where you can see the museum with more than 160 original pieces of Medina Azahara. Your guide will accompany you and show you the most important elements. The visit will end with a video in which the city is represented as it would be in the 10th century.

    Our guide Samuel was very knowledgeable and imparted the information in an interesting and understandable manner. He was courteous and professional but with a personable demeanor.

  • Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

    3. Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

    Explore the vast medieval palace of the Medina Azahara de Córdoba on a 3-hour guided tour, and travel back in time to the days of the Caliphate and Al-Andalus. Learn more about the first Umayyad caliph of Al-Andalus, Abderraman III. Visit the most important parts of the complex, such as the large House of Ja’far built over the site of 3 earlier houses. Admire the remains of the Pórtico de Medina Azahara and visit the Salón Rico, where the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III would receive guests.  Benefit from the expertise of an official guide who specializes on archaeological history.

  • Cordoba: Half-Day Medina Azahara Guided Tour

    4. Cordoba: Half-Day Medina Azahara Guided Tour

    Medina Azahara is the archeological site of a vast, fortified medieval Muslim palace-city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III al-Nasir, Umayyad Caliph of Córdoba. It is located on the western outskirts of Córdoba, Spain. When you arrive at Medina Azahara on this 3.5-hour excursion, you’ll enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the archaeological site. The palace-city was the de facto capital of Al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain, as the heart of the administration and government was within its walls. Built from 936-940, the palace-city comprised ceremonial reception halls, mosques, administrative and government offices, gardens, a mint, workshops, barracks, residences and baths. Water was supplied through aqueducts. You can also visit the museum and the visitor center, where you can watch a video about the city in the days when it was the capital of Al-Andalus. At around 1:30 PM, the bus will take you bac...

    Fantastic tour of such an important archeological site. Please bring a hat as the sun is strong and there are few trees.

  • Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

    5. Cordoba: Guided Tour of Medina Azahara at Night

    Discover one of the greatest jewels of Córdoba on a 2-hour guided tour of the historic Medina Azahara at night. Travel by special bus to the archeological site that is 8 kilometers from the city of Cordoba. Begin your guided walk at the archeological ruins. Learn about caliphal or Islamic art of Al-Andalus and its role as an economic, social and cultural power. Since October 2017, the archaeological site has been equipped with a system of lights that allows for comfortable guided visits after dark.

  • Cordoba: Medina Azahara by Night

    6. Cordoba: Medina Azahara by Night

    Medina Azahara is an important archaeological site, situated 8 kilometers from the center of Cordoba. Throughout this experience you will be able to explore the history of this opulent city, which was built by Abderraman III in the 10th century. After you have arrived to this historic area, your guide will be waiting for you at the main door of the archaeological site to immerse you in the history of the 10th century. You will discover the remains of palaces, grand entrances, and gardens, whilst learning the stories, secrets, and marvels held within them. You will be able to enjoy your visit with the city illuminated, and discover one of the greatest jewels of Córdoba throughout a guided 2-hour tour.

  • From Cordoba: Medina Azahara Tickets and Guided Tour

    7. From Cordoba: Medina Azahara Tickets and Guided Tour

    Discover the ruins of Medina Azahara on this guided tour through the "Brilliant Town." Explore the remains of a vast Arab Muslim city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III al-Nasir in the 10th-century. Located on the western outskirts of Cordoba, Medina Azahara was a medieval town and the de facto capital of al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain. Walk around the ancient palace and learn about how it once served as the heart of administration and government. Even though only around a tenth of Medina Azahara's 112 hectares have been excavated and restored, you can walk around the central area which houses 2 caliphal residences and 2 aristocratic residences with service quarters. Afterwards, stop by the new museum that lies on the edge of the site for a quick look at the impressive and fitting architecture. To be sure, this tour round one of Spain's most impressive archeological sites is not to be missed!

    We took bus with rest of people who had ticket for the Medina but were then met by our guide, Maria, who was very friendly and knowledgeable about the site, as well as having a sense of humour and being attentive to our needs. The site itself is amazing and you can really imagine the people who lived there and visited - in awe of the power it represented. I think you get much more from it with the guide though, to help explain what the various areas of the site were used for, especially if you don't speak to read Spanish . Thoroughly recommend the trip - it's an amazing archeolgical and historic site which should be seen

  • Cordoba: 3-Hour Medina Azahara

    8. Cordoba: 3-Hour Medina Azahara

    Experience the magic of the great times of Cordoba exploring the Medina Azahara citadel ruins. Ride an electric bike around the city until you reach the bike trail in the fields that will take you to the Medina Azahara Museum. Following this path along a river channel, crossing the fields in the outskirts of the city, you will enjoy your journey with this easy, eco-friendly vehicle. Get introduced into history at the free museum and ride again to the real ruins where everything happened.  Enjoy your discovery in a healthy way with an electric bike. Respect the environment and take care of your health.

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What people are saying about Medina Azahara

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,076 reviews

A very pleasant option to spend a summer night. With the guided tour you move to another time, and imagine how it was lived in that immense palace. The kids (10 and 15 years old) really liked it. Comfortable shoe for uneven ground in some areas. My mother with osteoarthritis (69), they can complete it, but it must be borne in mind that although there are quite a few ramps, there are also quite a few stairs going down, not so many going up. You have to go slowly.

We really wanted to get to know Córdoba. Finally we succeeded. But it is important to do it with a guide. Have the story explained to you and you can ask questions. Very happy with Angela.

Fantastic tour of such an important archeological site. Please bring a hat as the sun is strong and there are few trees.

Great guide - very knowledgeable and helped you imagine of what it could have been - considering we are visiting ruins

Well organised, very insightful, the perfect length and fascinating. Am so glad I did it.