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Archaeological Ensemble of Madinat Al-Zahra

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Monday Closed
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Carretera Palma del Rio km. 5,5, 14071 Cordoba, Spain
+34 957 10 49 33
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 June 2014

A historic place no to miss. A once caliph palace. If you have the time to read before your trip, I would highly recommend reading the book (or at least the first half before you reach Cordoba) 'The Ornament of the World' by Maria Rosa...More

10  Thank LaLiebre
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

This is a review of visiting, not of the site itself: you can read many excellent reviews of this magnificent site elsewhere. We first visited the site in 2009: we drove up to the ruins, parked, took the written guide and were amazed. We were...More

6  Thank Quentar_people
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Reviewed 1 week ago

For a brief (75 year) period, this was the palace site of the local caliph. Excavation has been going on for some time. As archaeological excavations go, it is ok. It wasn't as interesting to us or as spectacular as some of the better Greek,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Madīnat al-Zahrā', was an Umayyad residence between the tenth and eleventh centuries B.C.. The archaeological site is located at the foot of the Sierra Morena, about 5 km west of Cordoba. It is not necessary to book, but if you are in a group, preferably...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recomme d this place to help one understand moorish history in spain. More excavations needed and more description of historic area

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We turned up at 3pm on a Tuesday, which is during opening hours. There was no way to access the visitors centre and no sign of a bus - just of other confused tourists. After waiting until 3.30pm, we left.

Thank Rachel H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A few K.M outside the city centre theres a very modern visiter centre with a museum shop and cafe.make sure you watch the 15 or so min film in the centres cinema that shows you what life was like in the city and gives you...More

1  Thank ThewanderingLoiner
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Small museum with some very nice exhibits. Built on top of the ruins of a Roman theatre makes for an interesting and well laid out exhibition. Well worth a visit and free to EU passport holders. One of the many cultural sights across Europe that...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2018

Overall a nice place if you enjoy history. We booked our half day tickets through another site. We took a bus from the bus stop in front of the Hotel Eurostars Palace and arrived at a location near the Madinat Al-Zahra in 10-15mins. After that...More

1  Thank Mario M
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

A really important part of any tour of Moorish Spain. I have some tips. Entry is free for EU citizens, but you must still get a ticket to enter the archaeological site. You can get tickets from the museum. Make sure you see both the...More

3  Thank Ian_Stanton
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Yes it's outside town but worth visiting. There is a bus service from town to this world heritage site. Be prepared to have yoyr walking shoes and bottle of water.

Thank Liam K
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

Newly recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this past July, Medina Azahara is a great experience away from the tourist crowds (although perhaps not for long!). We bought tickets for the morning tour on the medinaazahara.org site, which included bus transportation from Cordoba (which...More

Thank Jan H
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26 September 2018|
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Response from Jan H | Reviewed this property |
We got a private tour because we were the only English speaking people that day but it was only a general historical overview not a specialized archeological tour.
Sawsan H
13 July 2018|
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Response from Julie B | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Our guided tour took half a day.
Lesley M
31 May 2018|
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Response from imrm1984 | Reviewed this property |
Only just found this. Go to the Tourist Office in , I think Plaza Tendillas. They sell bus tickets. They also tell you where to get the bus. Well worth visiting