Córdoba Archaeology

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Cordoba: Medina Azahara 3–Hour Guided Tour

1. Cordoba: Medina Azahara 3–Hour Guided Tour

Either travel with the group from Cordoba or meet the group directly at the Medina Azahara, depending on what option you have chosen. At the archaeological site, you will learn about the historical context of the city and see every corner and nook that can be visited. This unique place full of legends will help you understand why Medina Azahara was called the Shining City. After this visit, continue to the visitor center where you can see the museum with more than 160 original pieces of Medina Azahara. Your guide will accompany you and show you the most important elements. The visit will end with a video in which the city is represented as it would be in the 10th century.

Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba

2. Guided Visit to Azahara Medina in Córdoba

The Caliph of Umayyad Córdoba, Abd al- Rahman III, ordered the construction of palace-city of Madinat al-Zahra, meaning "brilliant city" in Arabic, in the early 10th century. Located about 5 miles (8 km) from the city of Córdoba, this amazing collection of ornate buildings and monuments was created as a symbol of the Caliphi's power against its enemies. They also served as official government buildings. On your visit to this breathtaking site, you can choose between two options: a guided tour with or without a tourist bus. Guided Tour (with bus): Hop aboard the site's tourist bus and make your way to the center of the palatial city. Once there, visit the impressive visitor center before heading north to explore the main sections of the city, one by one. Guided Tour (without bus): Start with a visit to the impressive visitor center, where you will explore Spain's fascinating Moorish history and enjoy a screening of a video that virtually recreates how this historic city was in the 10th century. Later, head north to explore the main sections of the city, one by one.

Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

3. Córdoba: Medina Azahara 3-Hour Guided Tour

Explore the vast medieval palace of the Medina Azahara de Córdoba on a 3-hour guided tour, and travel back in time to the days of the Caliphate and Al-Andalus. Choose from a tour with or without roundtrip transportation to and from Córdoba in an airconditioned van.  Visit the most important parts of the complex, such as the large House of Ja’far built over the site of 3 earlier houses. Admire the remains of the Pórtico de Medina Azahara and visit the Salón Rico, where the caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III would receive guests.  Learn more about the first Umayyad caliph of Al-Andalus, Abderraman III.Benefit from the expertise of an official guide who specializes on archaeological history.

Córdoba: Mezquita Cathedral , Judería and Alcazar Tour

4. Córdoba: Mezquita Cathedral , Judería and Alcazar Tour

Take a guided walking tour in Cordoba and visit some of the city's highlights. Explore the Mezquita Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs, and more. Meet your guide in the Mezquita of Cordoba. Start by visiting the Mezquita Cathedral and discover all the details and corners of this monument and stroll through the Patio de los Naranjos. Then, continue on towards the Jewish Quarter. Commence in Plaza del Cardenal Salazar and learn about the history of the Jewish Sephardi Quarter. Discover an old synagogue converted into an Arabic-style chapel. Next, go to the souk, an 18th-century building in the style of an Arabic bazaar or typical Córdoba craft market. Continue to the 14th-century Córdoba Synagogue, built in the medieval era. Next, explore the Jewish Quarter and learn more about Al-Andalus and Córdoba from your guide. Enter the Doña Leonor's Royal Baths in the Arabic Palace before taking a tour inside the Alcazar of the Catholic Monarchs. See the official residence of the Christian kings and hear about its many secrets. Finish the tour in the beautiful gardens of the Alcázar palace.

Cities of Andalusia 4-Day Tour from Madrid

5. Cities of Andalusia 4-Day Tour from Madrid

Learn the history of some of the most beautiful cities in Spain on a 4-day tour of Andalusia, stopping at the former imperial city of Toledo en route back to Madrid. Visit the former Roman capital of Hispania Ulterior on the streets of Cordoba, take in the majesty of Seville, with its Gothic cathedral - the largest in the world - and discover the magnificence of the Alhambra palaces and gardens in Granada. Day 1: (Monday) Madrid - Cordoba - Seville Meet your guide at the bus terminal on Calle Ferraz Madrid at 08:00, and drive through La Mancha to Cordoba. Relax on board the air-conditioned coach as you travel across the arid but fertile plateau of central Spain. Upon arrival in Cordoba, take a sightseeing tour of the historic city center, former capital of Hispania Ulterior during the Roman Republic. Discover the confluence of civilizations in Europe’s 2nd oldest Old Town, such as the Mosque-Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Go to the Jewish Quarter to explore the irregular streets. Then transfer to Seville for dinner and your overnight accommodation. Day 2: (Tuesday) Seville Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Seville, and see iconic attractions including the green oasis of Maria Luisa Park on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Marvel at the mosaic tiles of Plaza de España. Admire the ornate exterior of the vast cathedral and its neighborhing bell tower. The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Seville Cathedral boasts no fewer than 15 doors on its 4 façades. Explore the former Jewish Quarter of the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Then, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. Day 3 (Wednesday) Seville -Granada Depart Seville after breakfast for a day tour of Granada. Upon arrival, your guide will take you to the Alhambra palace and gardens complex. Explore the beautiful Nazari palaces of the former fortress, built on the site of a small castle in the mid-11th century by the Moorish emir Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar. Learn the history of the complex, including its conversion into a royal palace in 1333 by the Sultan of Granada, Yusuf I. Go to the Generalife gardens of a 14th-century villa on the summit of Monte Mauror. Optional evening activities include a visit to the caves of Sacromonte and the chance to watch a traditional flamenco show. Day 4 (Thursday) Granada - Toledo - Madrid Depart Granada after breakfast for the return transfer to Madrid, stopping en route at Toledo. One of the most beautiful cities in Spain, the former imperial city is a labyrinth of narrow streets and known for its historical co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. Discover Mudejar style city gates, and medieval castles with impressive ramparts. Admire the rich stucco work of the Jewish Quarter, see the regal façade of the Alcázar, and more.

Cordoba: Half-Day Medina Azahara Guided Tour

6. Cordoba: Half-Day Medina Azahara Guided Tour

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.

Cordoba: Medina Azahara Guided Tour with Ticket

7. Cordoba: Medina Azahara Guided Tour with Ticket

Step into the majestic remains of Medina Azahara, an old fortified city on the outskirts of Cordoba. Join a professional guide on a tour of the site to learn about its ancient history and appreciate every detail closely. Visit the local museum to find out more about this unique location. Enjoy a convenient transfer from Cordoba's city center or meet the group directly at the site entrance, depending on the option you choose. Head inside with your guide to explore every corner of the area. Looking at the ruins from up close will help you understand why it was called the Shining City. Finally, continue to the visitor center, where you can see the museum with more than 160 original pieces from Medina Azahara's golden days. Your guide will accompany you and show you the most important elements.

Córdoba: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

8. Córdoba: Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour

Get to know Córdoba at your own pace with this interactive scavenger hunt and audio guide. Use a fun app to explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks.  Use the hints provided to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions at the city's top sights and look for answers hidden in places like signs and pictures. Expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Reach amazing places like the Mosque-Cathedral, San Basilio’s Courtyards, the Castle of the Christian Monarchs, and the Gate of the Bridge. Head to the Triunfo de San Rafael de la Puerta del Puente and use the code provided to unlock your game. The game ends at the Museum of Fine Arts. It lasts on average 1-2 hours, but you can pause and resume the game whenever you wish. 

From Seville: Full-Day Essential Córdoba Tour

9. From Seville: Full-Day Essential Córdoba Tour

Explore the city of Córdoba on a guided tour from Seville. Learn more about its history as a Roman settlement, caliphate capital, and center of Andalusian culture. Start your trip from Seville, where you will be picked up from your accommodations or a nearby meeting point. Visit the Jewish Quarter and discover its historic synagogue. Visit the Chapel of San Bartolomé and the Door of Almodóvar. Take a walk through the Alcazar of Christian Monarchs. Finally, you will visit the spectacular Mesquita, or Mosque-Cathedral, which is Cordoba's most iconic landmark.

From Cordoba: Private Tour to Medina Azahara

10. From Cordoba: Private Tour to Medina Azahara

Discover the ruins of Medina Azahara on this guided tour through the "Brilliant Town." Explore the remains of a vast Arab Muslim city built by Abd-ar-Rahman III al-Nasir in the 10th-century. Located on the western outskirts of Cordoba, Medina Azahara was a medieval town and the de facto capital of al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain. Walk around the ancient palace and learn about how it once served as the heart of administration and government. Even though only around a tenth of Medina Azahara's 112 hectares have been excavated and restored, you can walk around the central area which houses 2 caliphal residences and 2 aristocratic residences with service quarters. Afterwards, stop by the new museum that lies on the edge of the site for a quick look at the impressive and fitting architecture. To be sure, this tour round one of Spain's most impressive archeological sites is not to be missed!

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It was a very rewarding experience. Our tour guide, Miguel Angel, was very knowledgeable about the history and traditions of those early centuries. My wife and I enjoyed every minute of that day tour in Cordoba including the Jewish Quarter, Synagogue, Mosque-Cathedral and Alcazar. I recommend this tour to other travelers.

It was a great experience for me and my family. The motor coaches were comfortable. The side excursions were very nice. A lot of walking on uneven surfaces. Wear good and comfortable shoes are.

Rafa was amazing! I’m not usually a tour person, but I listened to the advice of a local friend and booked this. It was absolutely worth it. It brought the ruins to life.

Excellent tours is completely worth it the money. The guide knows and is the best way to learn about history

Amazing guide tours.. Jose and Jaime are amazing.. love the detailed comments they gave us along the tour