Frigiliana, situated just 6km north of Nerja on the eastern end of the Costa del Sol, is without doubt one of the most picturesque white villages in Spain.Having won a number of awards for its beauty and conservation, Frigiliana is 56km from Malaga city and lies 430 metres above sea level. Boasting breath-taking views of the Sierra Almijara, the town of Nerja and the Mediterranean below, Frigiliana is made up of steep, cobbled streets, ornate squares and whitewashed houses.
The village epitomises the ‘real Spain’ which many visitors to Andalusia yearn for, but don’t always find in the busier tourist resorts.The old part of Frigiliana is of Moorish origin and its well-preserved streets and ceramic mosaics lay testament to the early Arabic settlers.Twelve ceramic plaques situated throughout the old part of the village tell the story of the Moorish uprising and the last battles that were fought in the area. When the Catholic monarchs reclaimed Frigiliana in 1487, the Moors suffered great hardship which led to an uprising.
Frigiliana’s fort was constructed in the 11th century and was almost completely destroyed during the Battle of Penon de Frigiliana in 1569 by the Christians who did not want the Moors to reuse its walls. Today only a few pieces of the walls remain, but it is well worth a visit, if only for the spectacular views.For four days at the end of August each year, the village hosts the Festival of the Three Cultures, celebrating the region’s co-existence of Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions.
The Festival takes place around the centre of the village which hosts a lively street market and a wide choice of food stalls. Local restaurants create special menus for the event and musicians perform throughout the streets. One of the most popular events is the tapa route which will take you to almost all the bars and taverns in the village to sample delicious local fare.Most bars and restaurants have rooftop terraces overlooking the village and the valley below.Frigiliana is also famous for its sugar cane honey, miel de cana, and its sweet wine, vino de Frigiliana, which is a perfect dessert wine. Both can be purchased in local shops and taverns.
Art and culture lovers should visit the Casa del Apero. The building was restored in the 1990’s and now houses the Tourist Office, Municipal Library, Historical Archives, an Exhibition Hall and the Historical Museum.The Frigiliana tourist train starts and finishes near El Ingenio and takes visitors on a gentle sightseeing tour of the village.
If you want to explore on foot, the Rio Higueron is an excellent place to start. A steep road winds down to the river which is home to spectacular scenery and a picnic area with built-in barbecues (not allowed during the summer months) because of the fire risk.If you have arranged car hire in Spain, the trip from Nerja to Frigiliana takes just 10 minutes along the MA-105 road inland. If you are visiting the Costa del Sol and would like to explore this beautiful award-winning village, the journey from Marbella is just 1 hour and 20 minutes.