Guided tour

Cordoba: Half-Day Medina Azahara Guided Tour

Activity provider: Cordoba a Pie
Guided tour

Cordoba: Half-Day Medina Azahara Guided Tour

Activity provider: Cordoba a Pie

From US$ 19.52 per person


Take a guided tour of Medina Azahara, the Bright City, where the caliphs of Al-Andalus lived and received the most important ambassadors of the world, from the 10th century. Learn about this capital of Islamic Iberia at the museum and visitor center.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Optional audio guide


  • Enjoy a fully narrated tour of Medina Azahara, the Bright City
  • Learn about the Islamic past of the Cordoba region from your local guide
  • Visit the museum and visitor center and see a video about the capital of Islamic Iberia
Full description
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.
  • Round-trip transportation from Cordoba
  • Tickets
  • Guided tour
  • Food and drinks
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  • People with mobility impairments

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Water
  • Biodegradable sunscreen

Know before you go

  • The monument contains many stairs
  • Please bring sufficient water and sun protection as there is no shade
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 214 reviews

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The tour guide was amazingly awesome and lovely. Susanna from Artencordoba was our guide. Her tour was not only pleasantly informative but, highly organized. She had an excellent way of sharing information and describing the history about the place while ellevating much interest and excitement in us as we experienced the tour. Despite being an expecting Mum, she is filled with so much positive energy and was in great form with lots of energy as she walked us around the archaelogical site on the tough terrains and steps. She oozes with much energy and vibes that keeps you attracted for more of that tour experience. I would definitely recommend her to all tourists and myself i would definitely want to have future tours conducted by her:) Thank you very much:)

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March 31, 2023

El guía ha sido clara, describiendo todo lo que había que contar sin aburrirnos nunca, disponible para contestar a todas las preguntas y dudas que los participantes tenían. Seguro que Miguel nos hizo comprender totalmente lo que era la vida de Madinat Al-Zahara

March 31, 2023

Nos cambiaron la visita ya que no tenian personal para realizarla por la mañana por lo que nos la cambiaron a la visita de noche en la cual no se visita el centro de interpretación y además dura 1 hora menos, pese a estos inconvenientes no nos dijeron nada de devolvernos parte del importe.

March 31, 2023

Product ID: 68277