Guided tour

Cordoba: Half-Day Medina Azahara Guided Tour

Cordoba: Half-Day Medina Azahara Guided Tour

From US$ 19.79 per person

Take a guided tour of Medina Azahara, the Bright City, where the caliphs of Al-Andalus lived and received the most important ambassadors of the world, from the 10th century. Learn about this capital of Islamic Iberia at the museum and visitor center.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 - 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a fully narrated tour of Medina Azahara, the Bright City
  • Learn about the Islamic past of the Cordoba region from your local guide
  • Visit the museum and visitor center and see a video about the capital of Islamic Iberia
Full description
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 back to Cordoba.
Includes
  • Round-trip transportation from Cordoba
  • Tickets
  • Guided tour
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Water
  • Biodegradable sunscreen

Know before you go

  • The monument contains many stairs
  • Please bring sufficient water and sun protection as there is no shade
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 184 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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They changed our visit since they did not have staff to do it in the morning so they changed it to the night visit in which the interpretation center is not visited and it also lasts 1 hour less, despite these inconveniences they did not tell us anything to return part of the amount to us.

August 13, 2020

Amazingly Awesome

The tour guide was amazingly awesome and lovely. Susanna from Artencordoba was our guide. Her tour was not only pleasantly informative but, highly organized. She had an excellent way of sharing information and describing the history about the place while ellevating much interest and excitement in us as we experienced the tour. Despite being an expecting Mum, she is filled with so much positive energy and was in great form with lots of energy as she walked us around the archaelogical site on the tough terrains and steps. She oozes with much energy and vibes that keeps you attracted for more of that tour experience. I would definitely recommend her to all tourists and myself i would definitely want to have future tours conducted by her:) Thank you very much:)

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October 4, 2016

Well organized tour. Bus pick up on time. Comfortable coach. Small group so a nice personal tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.

January 29, 2020

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