Madinat Al-zahraCurrently Closed
- Address: Ctra. de Palma del Rio, km. 5,5, 14071 Cordoba, Spain
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:30 pm Details
- Phone: +34-957104933
- Ticket Price: 2 EUR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Archaeological Site
An on-going archaeological excavation, the Medinat Al-Zahra is a historical treasure which used to be a town with palaces and official buildings. The enigmatic palace made by Abd-al Rahman has been excavated and the ruins are reminiscent of a glorious fortress that was full of rich, luscious finery. The Royal castle is built at the highest level, overlooking the town on three levels, surrounded by a city wall.
Even though only one tenth of the whole site has been dug out, it is easy to see that the site once had a flourishing civilization. The museum on site is very informative and clears almost any questions you might have about this magnificent town.
- It’s better to see the film and the displays at the museum before you head to see the palace as the site would make much more sense after a bit of a pre-explanation.
- A shuttle bus transfer is available which helps transfer visitors from the city to the archaeological site.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and carry protection from sun.
- Entry for Europeans is free.
- Transfer Tickets: 2.10€.
- Shuttle bus facility is available from Cordoba.
- Alternatively, you can hire a cab to reach here.
- There is a cafe near the museum at Medina Al-Zahra.
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35.45% of people who visit Cordoba include Madinat Al-zahra in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
40% of people start their Madinat Al-zahra visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Madinat Al-zahra
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Madinat Al-zahra
Hard site to review! Looking at it cold you just see ruins on a hot dusty hillside. You really need to do some background reading before you go as the museum and interpretations is quite poor. There is a lot to see....if you know where to look. Access is restricted by mini bus from the museum below from where you buy the tickets. You can't access by car or by foot. Facilities on site are minimal. It's a hot steep hillside walking on ruined stonework and gravel paths. Not suitable for young children or mobility impaired. If you have an interest in the Islamic Caliphs capital city and palace then this is a must to see. If you a casual tourist looking at the sites then you'd do better in the city.
Definitly watch the video at the museum in order to understand what you're seeing. A tip: you have to buy your tickets at the museum, then wait in the parking lot for the bus (you have to pay a small amount that too) to take you to the site, then show your ticket up at the site. Loved walking though the buildings and imagining the people who walked the same path before :)
The place is free entrance but you have to buy shuttle, every 30 mins, bus ticket (Euros 2 - 3) from the bus driver in car park. It is best to visit this place in later afternoon as it is open till late 10 pm. This way you will get to see the sunset, take really good pictures and later on when all the ruins are lit up, (the best of both). There is a ticket to visit the museum that tells the history of the city.
Worst system in place. You buy tickets inside the museum and tickets for the bus outside at the bus stop. If you take the bus but forget to buy tickets at the museum, they won't let you into the ruins. At the museum they ask you if you're from the EU, but can't seem to decide whether that means resident or citizen. They don't check any ID or give any reason, but give tickets for free if you say EU. The ruins themselves are rather boring and poorly restored. You're better off spending more time in the city.
AMAZING! It was a very unique and insightful experience. Going with a guide to tell you about its history really helps but even without one, The museum wonderfully exhibits what the city with inhabitants was like.