On a steep slope of the Axarquia we find one of the most beautiful towns of Spain. This is Frigiliana, a labyrinth of narrow and steep streets that will leave you speechless. Whitewashed facades, balconies full of flowers, blue windows matching the sea... Thousands of visitors have been seduced by one of the most beautiful villages on the Costa del Sol, and many have even set up their residence here. In fact, of a population of 3,200 inhabitants, approximately 35% are foreigners who have been fascinated by one of the Rural Wonders of Spain. We invite you to discover Frigiliana.
Authenticity and cosmopolitanism
Frigiliana has been inhabited practically since prehistory and successive civilizations have left a mark of its presence. This is the case Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs. To this last, Frigiliana owes much of its layout and current architectural style. To celebrate the close relationship of the municipality with its history, the Festival of the 3 cultures of Frigiliana takes place at the end of August.
Frigiliana also has numerous activities for lovers of nature and active tourism. If you want to learn Spanish, you will find several academies and language schools, both within the town and in Nerja, which is only 5 miles away.
What to see and do in Frigiliana
To know the Moorish past of Frigiliana, its Posada is a must see, a place with the typical Andalusian charm of the mud floors, tiles, rustic furniture and fireplaces. However, with an average annual temperature of 17 ºC, it will not be very necessary to light them up... Climbing the streets of the Moorish quarter until the Peñon de la Sabina, you will get at a viewpoint from which to contemplate stunning views of the town and the region.
Despite being about 3 miles away from the coast, in Frigiliana you will find yourself in a tropical environment, thanks to the mangoes, avocados and cane sugar that are grown in the tropical climate of the Axarquia region. Here you will also find the only sugar cane factory in Europe, where this delicacy continues to be handcrafted.
The Church of San Antonio de Padua is another of the main monuments of Frigiliana. Built in the sixteenth century, this temple hides pieces of real interest, such as the centennial masks of the twelve apostles. These are worn by the locals in a singular procession on Holy Thursday.
Prepare the suitcases for a long season because once you get to this pretty village, you will not want to leave.