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Medina Azahara

Medina Azahara

Medina Azahara: Our most recommended tours and activities

Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

1. 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. Choose from a tour with or without roundtrip transportation to and from Córdoba in an airconditioned van.  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 exterior of the Salón Rico, where the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III would receive guests.  Learn more about the first Umayyad caliph of Al-Andalus, Abderraman III.Benefit from the expertise of an official guide who specializes on archaeological history.

Córdoba: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Córdoba: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Córdoba has historically attracted travelers and civilizations because of its location on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, as well as for its sunny climate and its natural resources. Romans, Arabs, Jews, and Christians have all left their mark on the city of Córdoba with monumental buildings, works of art, and advanced infrastructure. During your time in Córdoba, see the main highlights of the city with a 24 hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass. Enjoy a complete trip lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes, or get off and back on at places that interest you the most. With this pass, you can marvel at the masterpieces of the Mezquita, the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Torre de la Calahorra, the Palacio de la Merced, and the Roman Temple. Visit the city of Medina Azahara, built by the caliph Abd al-Rahman III, in the image of his greatness. See museums and learn about cultural festivals, and experience the city to its fullest at any of the tours 17 stops. Cordoba Panoramica Route- Panoramica del Rio Jardin Botanico - Zoologico Ciudad de los Ninos San Basilio Puerta de Almodovar Mercado de la Victoria Gran Capitan Estacion de trenes/ autobuses Palacio de la Merced - Diputacion Malmuerta - Santa Marina Plaza Corazon de Maria San Lorenzo Realejo - San Andres Ayuntamiento - Templo Romano Arco del Portillo Puente Romano Banos Califales - Alcazar Cordoba Intima Route- Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos Mezquita - Catedral San Pedro Realejo - San Andres Palacio de Viana Palacio de la Merced - Diputacion Ayuntamiento - Templo Romano Plaza de las Tendillas Arco del Portillo Panoramica del Rio

Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba

3. 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 explore Spain's fascinating Moorish history and enjoy a screening of a video that virtually recreates how this historic city was in the 10th century. Later, head north to explore the main sections of the city, one by one.

Cordoba: Medina Azahara 3–Hour Guided Tour

4. 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.

Cordoba: Medina Azahara Museum and Archaeological Site Tour

5. Cordoba: Medina Azahara Museum and Archaeological Site Tour

In 2018, the Archaeological Complex of Medina Azahara was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is how Córdoba will become the only city in the world with 4 declarations. On this tour, you will travel back in time to learn about the exciting history and legends of the city ordered to be built by the first Caliph of al-Andalus Abderraman III and completed by his son Alhaken II. Great characters like the Jewish doctor Hasday Ibn Shaprut, the doctor Albucasis or the intellectual Lubna will live in it. The visit to the Archaeological Complex is divided into three parts: First, we will visit the Museum that keeps the different pieces that have been found in the excavations. Second, we will explore the Site. Third, entrance to the audiovisual where they project a 3D recreation of what the city was.

Cordoba: Half-Day Medina Azahara Guided Tour

6. 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 back to Cordoba.

Cordoba: Medina Azahara Guided Tour with Ticket

7. Cordoba: Medina Azahara Guided Tour with Ticket

Step into the majestic remains of Medina Azahara, an old fortified city on the outskirts of Cordoba. Join a professional guide on a tour of the site to learn about its ancient history and appreciate every detail closely. Visit the local museum to find out more about this unique location. Enjoy a convenient transfer from Cordoba's city center or meet the group directly at the site entrance, depending on the option you choose. Head inside with your guide to explore every corner of the area. Looking at the ruins from up close will help you understand why it was called the Shining City. Finally, continue to the visitor center, where you can see the museum with more than 160 original pieces from Medina Azahara's golden days. Your guide will accompany you and show you the most important elements.

Audio guided visit to Medina Azahara

8. Audio guided visit to Medina Azahara

Visit the Medina Azahara complex on your own. Fill free to spend as long as you want wherever you are. No tour guide rush The visit to Medina Azahara will allow you to explore the archaeological remains of the city, including palaces, courtyards, and other structures. The audio guide provides detailed explanations about the history and architecture of the site. What do you need to bring? Headphones. Mobile phone with sufficient battery. Don’t forget to download the audio guide. The process is explained in the instructions sent to you. Very Important: You will receive the audioguide instructions in your email.

Audioguided visit to Medina Azahara + Ticket Bus

9. Audioguided visit to Medina Azahara + Ticket Bus

Includes: App audio guide (Spanish, English, and French) of Medina Azahara, downloadable on your device, bus from Córdoba and shuttle bus in Medina Azahara. Tickets are delivered by Whatsapp Departures: from Tuesdays to Sundays. Departures at 10:00 a.m. (return 1:30 p.m.) and 10:45 a.m. (return 2:15 p.m.) You need to bring: Headphones. Mobile phone with sufficient battery. Don’t forget to download the audio guide. The process is explained in the instructions sent to you. Very important: You will receive the audioguide instructions in your email.

Guided tour of Madinat alZahra in English. Small groups

10. Guided tour of Madinat alZahra in English. Small groups

The city-palace, World Unesco Site since 2018, was a 15,000 inhabitants-city at the service of the Caliph Abd Alrahman III in 10th century. Let's explore together the biggest archeological site in Spain, located in 7 km away from Cordoba, between the mountains and the Guadalquivir river's valley. Being the place still quite unknown, this tour is designed to imagine and dream of the most powerful ruler's life in Al Andalus, as well as to discover the private rooms and corners of those ones living here. We will bring to life the welcoming receptions of ambassadors coming from far and we will be witness of the politic and religious power of the medieval West: the shining city.

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What people are saying about Medina Azahara

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,821 reviews

Comfortable trip. There were several guides from different companies, but no problems. Very well organized. Ruth, our guide, is lovely. Professional, patient and very pleasant treatment. Extensive knowledge about Medinazaha, which he transmits to you, but in a pleasant way. We will return to Córdoba and do more activities with Getyourguide(OWAY)

Hello, the activity was beautiful, I loved going and my best regards to the guide, Rafa, a phenomenon, he explained everything perfectly, thanks for everything, greetings

Very good. The guide Miguel made the visit very enjoyable for everyone and knew how to awaken the children's curiosity and make the visit fun.

The tour was impressive, but the best thing without a doubt was our guide, he told us all the history behind it and it was super enjoyable!

Carlos is a magnificent guide. Visiting Medina on your own has nothing to do with him. We had a great time