The picturesque village of Frigiliana is perched on a ridge in the Tejeda mountains, securing it fantastic, scenic views. It’s undoubtedly one of the prettiest of the typical Andalucian ‘white villages’ in Andalucia, having won awards as Andalucia’s Prettiest Village. The river - Rio Higueron - runs through the centre, providing lovely walks and picnic spots. Frigiliana’s old historical centre is distinctively Moorish in appearance and design, with a labyrinth of narrow, winding streets and alleyways, a great place to wander. If you are lucky enough to be visiting at the right time in August the Three Cultures Festival (las tres culturas) is an event not to be missed. It celebrates the cultures that have left their mark on the area, much of what is still evident in this part of Spain today. Although the town is located inland, you’re never too far from a beach where you can kick back, soak up the sun and lose yourself in a good book. If you’d rather stay in the resort, then why not catch some sun by the pool of your holiday villa?
Shopping is quite low-key although there are a couple of shops and boutiques selling souvenirs and daily essentials. Frigiliana’s weekly market is held on a Thursday morning and is located at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the centre of the village. There are around 50 stalls selling everything from clothes, hats, shoes, leather goods, handbags, fruit and vegetables, sweets, cakes, art, jewellery, ceramics and local crafts. The old mill of Nuestra Senora del Carmen takes up a good part of the town and is the only molasses factory Europe, with the local shops selling the produce.
Frigiliana has a diverse range of restaurants and cuisines to sample so you can try authentic Spanish dishes or something more international. In the main square, you will find some lovely places to eat, and if you explore a little further you’ll find little restaurants tucked away in the cobbled streets. Often decorated with colourful plant pots brimming with bougainvillea, lavender and jasmine, they are a great contrast against the whitewashed buildings and a dream for budding photographers. Many of the restaurants and bars have rooftop terraces overlooking the village and the valley below.
During your stay in Frigiliana, there are many beautiful nearby beaches to choose from, the closest all being in the Nerja area, which has around 11 kilometres of coastline. The famous Blue Flag Playa Burriana is one of the most popular, with its restaurants overlooking the sea, serving freshly caught fish dishes. You’ll also find plenty of activities and water sports to try. More central to the town, there is the Carabeo stretch of beaches, consisting of several coves.
Between the resorts of Frigiliana and Nerja there are many walks to enjoy. Walking along the River Chillar in summer is great fun with a cooling splash in the water and plenty of wildlife to see. Great days out would include a visit to the famous Nerja Caves which are on the outskirts of Nerja, or the exciting waterpark, Aquavelis, located in the nearby town of Torre del Mar. Nerja is an ideal location for horse riding as you can trek around the mountains and beautiful countryside or down to the beaches, before an evening of relaxation in your villa.
In Frigiliana itself, visit the old Moorish castle at the top of the village. Not much is left of the castle, having been destroyed when the Moors were expelled from Spain, but the views are just spectacular. Frigiliana is also a great base from which to explore the surrounding Sierra de Tejeda Almijara natural park. Further afield, take a day trip to Malaga City which is brimming with history and a great choice to take in the museums. There are wonderful old, cobbled streets to be explored all around the cathedral, close to the Picasso Museum. Alternatively, visit the Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, one of Spain’s major tourist attractions – a great day trip.