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Tickets for Medina Azahara: Guided Tour

Explore Spain's largest archaeological site and uncover 1000 years of history

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Duration: Guided tour: 2 hours. With transport: About 3 hours
Live guide: Spanish
Smartphone tickets accepted

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Overview

Highlights

  • Travel back in time to experience the wealth and influence of the Caliphate of Córdoba in the ruins of a fortified Cordoban city – built in 912 AD, it's now the largest archaeological site in Spain
  • Follow your guide and visit the ancient ruins of the palace, mosque, central courtyard, and aristocratic residences, as well as the onsite museum - a tour that takes you through the rise and fall of this remarkable city
  • Climb the surrounding hills for jaw-dropping views of the ruined city and surrounding Cordoban countryside

Description

Channel your inner Indiana Jones and explore over 1000 years of history in this magnificent palace-city, built by Caliph Abd ar-Rahman III in the 10th century. Your guide will teach you all about the rise and fall of this abandoned fortress, in an adventure that takes you back to the heyday of the Caliphate of Córdoba.

Legend has it that Abd ar-Rahman III built the Medina Azahara as a gift for his wife surrounding it with blossoming cherry trees to soothe her homesickness for snowy Syria. More likely, it was built as a show of wealth and power, a new capital to strengthen the Caliph's rule.

Unfortunately for him, it didn't last long, and the city was ransacked by marauding Berbers just 70 years after its completion. Now, the ruins offer a fascinating snapshot of a forgotten era, with the central palace and mosque excavated, alongside aristocratic residences, administrative buildings and service quarters.

Plus the onsite museum explores the lives of the thousands of people who lived there.

Ticket

What's included

Entrance to the archaeological site and the Interpretation Centre of Medina Azahara
Guided tour in Spanish
Transport from Córdoba and back (if chosen during checkout)
Transfer from the meeting point (parking) to the site

What's not included

Pickup from the hotel
Food and beverages

Amendment policy

  • Changes are not possible for this ticket

Instructions

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Medina Azahara + Transport: Meeting Point
Glorieta de la Cruz Roja, Avenida Paseo de la Victoria, 14004, Córdoba
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Medina Azahara
km 5.5, Carretera Palma del Río, 14005, Córdoba

For tickets with transport

Show your smartphone ticket to your Oway Tours guide, who you will recognize by the blue umbrella, at the meeting point in Córdoba, Glorieta de la Cruz Roja.

For tickets without transport

Show your smartphone ticket to your Oway Tours guide in the parking of Medina Azahara, next to the shuttle bus stop. Your guide will be holding a blue umbrella.

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Ratings & reviews

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M
Mar 2, 2020
Excellent
Muy interesante; buenos comentarios del "guía".
C
Jan 2, 2020
Excellent
.Buena Muy
M
Nov 5, 2019
Good
Visita muy interesante. La guía realizó explicaciones completa y captó el interés, muy buena. Las colas para el autobús lanzadera larguísimas. El precio de la visita excesivo.

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