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From Cordoba: Medina Azahara Tickets and Guided Tour

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From Cordoba: Medina Azahara Tickets and Guided Tour

From US$ 40.60 per person

Head from the city of Cordoba to the ancient ruins of Medina Azahara on a guided tour. Discover the remains of a former Arab Muslim city, built by Abd-ar-Rahman III, which was the heart of administration and government during 10th-century Spain.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • Discover the beautiful Medina Azahara and explore its array of ruins
  • Stroll among the peaceful foothills of Sierra Morena
  • Take in the unique architecture that once housed aristocratic families
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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!
  • Transportation via van for small groups, and mircrobus or bus for large groups
  • Tickets to the monument
  • Shuttle at the archeological site
  • All applicable taxes
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    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
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    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Bus stop near Red Cross Hospital in front of Hotel Eurostars Palace.

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    • Luggage or large bags
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    4.6 /5

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    Medina Azahara place with great history

    Enjoyed the tour and historic information by the tour guide. It was supposed to be English tour but ended up being Spanish and English because it was only two people on the tour who wanted English. Overall it was worth the price which included the visit of the remaing structures of the palace of Khalifa and surroundings, museum, transportation and a very good documentary film at the end.

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    August 22, 2016

    Great experience - really brought the site to life

    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

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    September 10, 2015

    Amazing - Highly recommended!

    Guide was incredible! Born in the region with vast knowledge and incredible English. Highly recommend! After attending the tour, I now firmly believe having a guide is indispensable in order to truly understand the magnificence of Medina Azahara! Bus left and returned on time from Corboda so no problems there as well. Enough time for the guide visit to the Medina as well as the museum.

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    June 15, 2015

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