Your Nerja holidays is not complete without a visit to Frigiliana Spain.
Spain has many beautiful villages, but Frigiliana has to be up there as one of the most beautiful, in fact, the village of Frigiliana has received a number of awards for its beauty and conservation.
Frigiliana also holds a special place for me and my family as my Grandfather was from this village and my Mother was born here.
The village itself is located about 6 km from Nerja and about 56 km from Malaga.
The centre of town lies at an altitude of 435 metres above sea level and from most parts of town you get incredible views of the Sierra Almijara ranges and of Nerja and the Mediterranean below.
The village is comprised of 2 sections:
The old part of town, which is of Moorish origin, and the newer part of town which is built in the traditional style of a white Andalucian village.
The old Moorish part of town is one of the best preserved Moorish villages in all of Andalucia.
The importance of the Moorish history to the village is evident in the ceramic mosaics that are dotted around the old part of town.
These mosaics, designed by Pilar Garcia Millan, narrate the story of the Moorish uprising in the area.
Following the conquest of Frigiliana and other nearby towns by the Catholic monarchs in 1487, the moors suffered great oppression.
This led to a Moorish uprising and on 11 June 1569, one of the main battles fought during the Moorish uprising was fought in Frigiliana.
Things to See and Do
Frigiliana Spain is made up of picturesque narrow, windy streets, with decorative cobbled lanes.
Spend the day exploring the old village, admiring the views, and tasting the local delicacies at one of Frigiliana's many bars and restaurants.
As Frigiliana is located on the side of the mountain, the streets can be steep as they wind up and down.
It always amazes me how the elderly locals, who have been climbing these streets all their lives, seem to whiz past me as I’m struggling to do the uphill climbs!
The locals are very proud of their village and work hard to maintain its beauty.
Many of the houses and streets are adorned with plants and flowers and once a year, the locals will typically "whiten" both the outside and inside of their houses to maintain the crisp whiteness.
They use a lime whitewash called “cal” and surprisingly enough this is work traditionally done by the woman.
In the centre of town, between the old and new sections you will find a 16th century mansion which now houses the molasses factory, which is a type of syrup made from sugar cane (“miel de cana”).
You can buy jars of molasses from most of the local shops, and is well worth trying if you have a sweet tooth!
Another building of interest in Frigiliana Spain is the Church of San Antonio, constructed in the 16th century.
As you walk up the main street of the old part of town you will eventually get to an open square where you will find the church.
You will also pass to your right what is probably the most photographed street of all of Frigiliana ... El Zacatin
The old Moorish castle of Frigiliana, at the top of the village, is also worth a visit, more so for the views as the castle was destroyed after the Moors were expelled from the area.
Frigiliana Spain is also known for it’s local sweet wine or “vino de Frigiliana”.
This sweet wine is very popular with locals and visitors alike and is great as pre-dinner drink ... or as a dessert wine.
As with all Spanish towns, Frigiliana has a patron Saint ... Saint Sebastian, which is celebrated on 20th January.
The Day of the Cross is celebrated on 3rd May.
On this day you’ll find the streets adorned with crosses made completely from fresh flowers.
The annual “Ferria” is celebrated each year in June and in particular the day of Saint Antonio on the 13th June.
A highlight of the Ferria is the “romeria”, where a procession of the statue of Saint Antonio makes its way through the town and down the side of the mountain to an area near the Higueron River known as “El Pozo Viejo” (the old well).
Here the locals celebrate the victory of the Christians against the Moors in the famous battle of Frigiliana with a picnic by the river.
Getting to Frigiliana
If you have arranged a car hire in Spain, getting to Frigiliana from Nerja is easy and a short 10 minute drive, just follow the MA-105 road inland, as per the map below:
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If you don't have a car, there is also a bus service that connects Nerja and Frigiliana.
From Malaga to Frigiliana Spain, take the A7 motorway and exit the motorway at exit number 243. You will then join the MA-105 road for 3.5km to reach Frigiliana.
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