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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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Overview
Duration
Guided tour: 2 hours. With transport: About 3 hours
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.

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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
  • Pickup from the hotel
  • Food and beverages
Instructions
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Medina Azahara + Transport: Meeting Point
Glorieta de la Cruz Roja, Avenida Paseo de la Victoria, 14004, Córdoba
2
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.

Cancellation

Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.

Reviews
Sep 20, 2018
Nos atendió Carmen una guía extraordinaria en todos los sentidos : simpática, atenta , educada y muy bien documentada.
Sep 9, 2018
La guía ( Paula) excelente , la visita merece la pena muchísimo y todo perfectamente explicado por la guía que era muy profesional
Sep 3, 2018
Buena guía y un lugar para conocer que no te deja indiferente
May 21, 2018
Magnífica la explicación de Paula. Recomendación, zapato cómodo, ropa fresca y visita temprana.
May 12, 2018
El lugar extraordinario y la guia, Paula, de 10. Una persona cercana , que sabe explicar lo que enseña poeque se nota que conoce la historia. Una gozada. Ha sido un placer hacer la visita con ella.
Apr 26, 2018
Una visita muy buena, la guía genial, con amplios conocimientos y siempre atenta al grupo.
Apr 1, 2018
Perfecta ....y la guía Cristina de lo mejor te hace vivir la visita
Mar 31, 2018
Paula es una persona muy profesional y pendiente del turista.
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