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Medina Azahara Tours

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Medina Azahara
The Caliphate City of Medina Azahara, a new UNESCO World Heritage Site, dates back to the mid-10th century, when it served as the seat of power for the Umayyad dynasty in Córdoba. When the caliphate ended after a civil war in 1010, the city was laid to waste and forgotten until its rediscovery in the early 20th century.
 
The Basics
There’s no better place to learn about Spain’s medieval caliphate than the ruins of this royal Moorish city, a popular excursion from nearby Córdoba. During a typical tour of the grounds, visitors explore the remains of palaces, ceremonial halls, mosques, and workshops that make up the largest archaeological site in Spain. An on-site museum and interpretation center showcase artifacts from the excavated site.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Medina Azahara is a must-visit for history buffs and those interested in Spain’s Moorish past.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat; not all areas of the site are shaded.
  • Give yourself two to three hours to explore the museum and archaeological site.
 
How to Get There
To get to the interpretive center, catch a public bus from Avenida Alcazar in the Córdoba city center, or drive along the A-431 motorway. A shuttle takes visitors from the parking lot and interpretive center to the archaeological site itself, situated a couple of miles away.
 
When to Get There
The museum and archaeological site are open from Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year, with extended hours during high season (April through June). Expect temperatures as high as 100°F (38°C) during July and August.
 
Levels of Medina Azahara
This Moorish city was built on a gentle hill in three tiers, each with its own purpose. On the lowest level, you’ll find the mosque and homes of much of the city’s population. Many of these structures remain unexcavated. The second level comprised government buildings and a public garden. The top level—and the level with the best views—was the royal palace and residence of Abd ar-Rahman III.

Address: Carretera de Palma del Río, Cordoba, Spain
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Medina Azahara Experience Without TransportationHistorical & Heritage Tours

Medina Azahara Experience Without Transportation

The archaeological site of Medina Azahara has been declared of cultural interest in the category of Monument since 19233, as well as being officially declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco on July 1, 2018. In 2018 it received more than 275,000 visitors, being one of the most visited cultural spaces in Córdoba.
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Private Full Day Tour of Cordoba & Medina Azahara with Hotel pick up & drop offHalf-day Tours

Private Full Day Tour of Cordoba & Medina Azahara with Hotel pick up & drop off

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Enjoy this 6-hour private tour where you will get to know one of the most important archaeological sites in Spain and Cordoba, the biggest urban center in the world that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Your private driver, together with your private official tour guide, will pick you up in your hotel or place of choice in Cordoba and drive you towards Medina Azahara. Once there, you will take a shuttle bus from the parking to the archaeological site together with your tour guide (included in the price of this tour) After Medina Azahara and once in Cordoba, you will have some time for you and your party to eat something in the Old City Center of Cordoba. After your lunch, you will enjoy a private guided walking tour through the Old Cordoba with you private official tour guide. In Cordoba you will visit places like:  • Great Mosque of Córdoba • Roman Bridge • Roman Temple • Theatre • Mausoleum • Jewish quarter • Mills of the Gualdaquivir • Roman Walls • Much more!
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Private Half Day Tour of Medina Azahara from Cordoba Hotel pick up & drop offHalf-day Tours

Private Half Day Tour of Medina Azahara from Cordoba Hotel pick up & drop off

Enjoy this 3.5-hour private tour and get to know one of the most important archaeological sites in Spain. Your private driver, together with your private official tour guide, will pick you up in your hotel or place of choice in Cordoba and drive you towards Medina Azahara. Once there, you will take a shuttle bus from the parking to the archaeological site together with your tour guide (included in the price of this tour) Medina Azahara was builded up in the 9th Century, and it was the idea of Abd al-Rahman III, the first caliph of Cordoba, to settle the headquartes of the caliphat, and the residence of the caliph in Medina Azahara. It was not constructed only as a house but as a whole city.  After visiting the site, your private driver and tour guide will take you back to your hotel or place in Cordoba. The whole tour has a duration of 3.5 hours from the moment of pick up to the moment of drop off in Cordoba.
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