Madinat Al-zahra

Currently Open [Closes at 06:30 pm]
  • 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

About Madinat Al-zahra, Cordoba

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.

Madinat Al-zahra Information

  • 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.

Madinat Al-zahra Ticket Prices

  • Entry for Europeans is free.
  • Transfer Tickets: 2.10€.

How To reach Madinat Al-zahra by Public Transport

  • Shuttle bus facility is available from Cordoba.
  • Alternatively, you can hire a cab to reach here.

Restaurants Near Madinat Al-zahra

  • There is a cafe near the museum at Medina Al-Zahra.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Madinat Al-zahra

  • 95% of people who visit Cordoba include Madinat Al-zahra in their plan

  • 35.96% of people start their Madinat Al-zahra visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Madinat Al-zahra

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

92.46% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Madinat Al-zahra

People normally club together Alcazar De Los Reyes Cristianos and Bodegas Mezquita Cespedes while planning their visit to Madinat Al-zahra.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Madinat Al-zahra, Cordoba Reviews

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  • Once arrived at the parking, before heading for the ruins (2 km away), visit the museum and ABSOLUTELY watch the movie, otherwise it might be difficult to imagine how it looked like 10 centuries ago.  Bear in mind that the most interesting and richest part of the structure (el Salon Rico) is closed to the public.

  • leave your car at the museum car park, because the bus will take you to the ruins. it runs every 20 minutes (last one leaves 1h before closure each day) and bring some cash with you, because one ride from the car park costs 2.5€/person. you'll be brought back to the parking log for free after visiting the ruins, which are btw magnificent :)

  • Great visit to madina al zahra... excellent ruins of the purpose built capital of the Muslim caliphate in Al-Andluz Our guide Juan (arten cordoba) was great. He explained the history and made the visit a joy. The museum is definitely worth a visit and the video in the theatre does bring the whole site to life Highly recommended !

  • Built in 936 AD, these ancient ruins are a must-see for anyone visiting the Andalusia region of Spain. Suggestion: watch the video in the museum section before going up the hill to the actual site, it's well worth it and provides a great overview of the ruins and what was, and what became of, this historical landmark.

  • Great archaeological complex - at its height this palace would have probably looked a lot like the Alcazar in Seville. it's an important part of Spain's Islamic history and not to be missed if one is in Cordoba

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