Guided tour
Medina Azahara



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Information about the Guided Visit to Medina Azahara

Beyond the legend of the romantic whim of a caliph in love with his favourite concubine, Medina al-Zahra has a dazzling historical reality that we want you to be part of. At the foot of the Cordoba mountains, very close to the old city, it was a political centre that was to become the cultural forge of a new world. That is why our guided tour of Medina Azahara is a unique experience.

The cultural impact and material value make Madinat al-Zahra a unique example of Islam. It was conceived as a grandiose project with a clear political component, the dignification of the caliphate and in the face of the ambassadors of the different European kingdoms. A tradition that you can explore through its archaeological remains and a magnificent recreation of the greatness that the enclosure once boasted. Power is on display, and that must have been clear to Abd-al Rahman III. An integrated urban complex with the royal palace in the highest part and several terraces with outbuildings, halls, courtyards and gardens, kitchens, military garrison, dwellings, etc., spread out over several terraces. It was an extensive complex that housed more than 20,000 people in a short period of time. The renewed image of the strong and powerful caliphate that the new palace city had created did not last more than 70 years. Art, the written word and knowledge are just some of the things you can appreciate about the ephemeral city that ended with the end of the Umayyad caliphate. Abandoned and despoiled, it has remained unchanged. In recent years a great deal of restoration work has been carried out which has allowed us to glimpse its rich heritage and its influence on art and thought.

Medina Azahara was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in the category of monument in 1923 and in 2018 a World Heritage Site by Unesco. A very solid candidacy that is the bridge between the Eastern and European worlds. The perfect complement to a visit to the Mosque of Cordoba to understand the splendour of the city in the 10th century.

Tickets to Medina Azahara

With your ticket to Medina Azahara you can enter an area where time has stood still and has kept intact an oriental legacy that came to Cordoba to show the world the cultural importance of the Muslim caliphs. Its legacy is displayed in two areas, the Interpretation Centre and the Archaeological Ensemble, which you can access with your visit. The entrance ticket includes a shuttle that connects both areas, accompanied throughout the tour by a specialised guide who will take you into the history and legends surrounding the archaeological site. Remember that non-European Union residents will have to pay €1.5 at the monument’s ticket office.

Medina Azahara: schedule of guided tours

Depending on availability, from Tuesday to Sunday at 10:00h or 10:45h at the Glorieta de la Cruz Roja (if you include the bus from Cordoba) or at 10:20h or 11:05h at the shuttle bus stop next to the Interpretation Centre of Medina (if you are travelling in your private car), we have included a route in Spanish and English around the archaeological complex. This time of day will allow you to visit a space where there are not too many shadows, so your visit will be much more welcoming first thing in the morning.

Private Tour

If you prefer a tailor-made tour or if you are a large group, it is also possible to book a Private Tour.


These are the prices of our guided tour:

  • Adults with transport 25€
  • Adults without transport 18€
  • Children between 8 and 12 years old with transport 14€
  • Children between 8 and 12 years old without transport 9€
  • Children under 8 years old with transport 6€
  • Children under 8 years old without transport 3€

This is what the guided tour includes:

Visita guiada

3h guided tour with official tour guide

Transporte en autobús climatizado

Shuttle bus

Meeting point and how to get there

Visit with Transport from Cordoba: Glorieta de la Cruz Roja (Av.Paseo de la Victoria) at 10:00h or 10:45h depending on tour availability

Medina Azahara Interpretation Centre, next to the shuttle bus stop at 10.20h or 11:05h depending on the availability of the tour

How to get there

Medina Azahara is located 8 km west of Cordoba, so it is necessary to travel by car. The possible alternatives are:

  • By bus from the Glorieta de Cruz Roja (approximate duration of the tour: 20 minutes. Advance booking recommended):
    • 10:00h. with return from Medina Azahara at 13:30h.
    • 10:45h. with return from Medina Azahara at 14:15h.

  • By car:
    • Take the road to Palma del Río (A-431) and follow the signs to Madinat al-Zahra. Park the vehicle in the car park of the Visitor Reception Centre and wait for the guide at the shuttle bus stop, the only authorised means of transport on the site to get to the site.

In case the cancellation is made more than 24 hours in advance, this will be free of charge.If you cancel with less time or no-show, there will be no refund.

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Medina Azahara

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity. If you cancel with less time or do not show up, no refund will be made.

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