The third and last tourist sightseeing we did in Cordoba, was actually outside the town. Just eight kilometres west of Córdoba stands what's left of Medina Azahara, the sumptuous palace-city built by Caliph Abd ar-Rahman III in the 10th century. The entrance is free of charge, all you have to do is park, buy the ticket for the bus (€2.50) and wait for the bus to take you up. It’s only a 5-minute drive, so don’t worry if you have to stand up. The fortified Moorish medieval palace-city, that is also an UNESCO heritage since 2018, is really impressive,
This city was the most beautiful example of the al-andalus splendor. According to the legend it emerged from a love story, and another story, of wars, destroyed it when it only had 70 years. The legend had a beautiful and tragic ending. The existence of Medina Azahara was as intense as brief. Just like the fragrance and life of the flower it was named after.