Frigiliana is a small and white-washed village located on the south coast of Spain 6 km North of the popular town of Nerja and 56 km East of Malaga. It lies in the foothills of the Almijara Sierra mountain range overlooking the Mediterranean coast.
Area Size – 40 km2
Altitude – 318 metres above sea level
Population – 3,360 (of which approximately 900-1000 are foreigners)
Frigiliana is located in the East of the Malaga region and is well known throughout the region. The whitewashed village has been voted the most beautiful in all of Spain and is regularly acclaimed as the prettiest in Andalucia.
It is devided into two sections – the new town and the old town. The old town (the ‘Casco Historico’) is unparalleled in beauty. The architecture reflects the pure Moorish style while respecting changes over time. The local people can be seen regularly white-washing their houses and cleaning the cobblestone streets and passageways. In the spring, the courtyards, terraces and patios are overflowing with colourful flowers, which turn a stroll through town into an enchanting and sweet-smelling experience. If you happen to be in the village for one of the many fiestas throughout the year or the Three Cultures Festival you will feel the true warmth of the people.
The first time you visit you will be overwhelmed at how beautiful and immaculately clean a village can be. The hospitality of the people here is infectious and you would not be the first foreigner to make Frigiliana your home.
Don’t forget to stop and read at least some of the twelve ceramic plaques on the walls of the old town, which depict the history of the Moorish people in Frigiliana.
Frigiliana market day is Thursday and takes place in the centre of the village at the Plaza De Las Tres Culturas .
Local attractions include:
- The famous Nerja Caves
- The Balcon de Europa in Nerja
- The beautiful remote beaches of Maro
- Burriana beach (and a paella at Ayo’s)
- The villages of Competa and Torrox
- Waterparks in Alumecar and Torre del Mar
- Baviera Golf Course.
Buses between Frigiliana and Nerja and beyond mean you can easily make day trips to the surrounding area. Further afield, the city of Malaga is well worth a day trip. Furthermore a 90 minute drive will take you to the stunning Alahambra (make sure you buy your tickets in advance online at Ticketmaster.es, telephone on 902 88 80 01/+34 958 926 031 or by using a La Caixa ATM) and city of Granada. Seville is approximately 2 and a half hours away.