One of the most beautiful towns you can visit around Malaga is Frigiliana. If you like villages with white houses, narrow alleyways, steep hills, lots of flowers, and a spectacular backdrop of mountains and sea, then Frigiliana is the town for you. It's a fantastic town: there's an archaeological museum, magnificent viewpoints to take in the whole town, and plenty of hiking routes to spend a nice day exploring. Even walking through the street becomes a magical moment, one where you can relax and lose yourself in your own thoughts. If you're in Malaga, you must go to Frigiliana!
The Church of San Antonio de Padua was built in the Renaissance style in the sixteenth century. Inside it has beautiful wood paneling which was recently restored. In addition to the main altar, there are a number of side chapels, the oldest belonging to the head of the Church, San Antonio de Padua and San Antonio Abad. A magnificent crucifix of Christ dominates the altar - it is of great artistic value, classic size and monochrome. There is also a box in one of the side chapels that holds a reproduction of the heads of the apostles. Outside is the bell tower which has three floors, it is completed with clay tiles, and a small ledge stands watch.
There are several places in town that offer similar spectacular views that are ideal for lovers of good views and photography. To my taste it is one of the prettiest towns on the Costa del Sol - in tough battle with Ronda. Something I did not know is its excellent homemade food. That said, go a little further afield, climb up and you will find very good panoramic views of the town and its surroundings.
Taking a stroll through the streets of Frigiliana is a completely relaxing experience. Its charming white walls, doors and colorfully tinted windows make the stroll most enjoyable. We also made very good time. A little walk after a good meal, its cuisine will surprise you. Click on "Where to eat" in Frigiliana.
Right opposite is the Frigiliana flea market! The Counts Mansion House (La Casa solariega de los Condes) is a building dating from the late sixteenth century and is of Renaissance style, it was built by Manrique de Lara family, Lords of Frigiliana. The building has an area of over 2000 square meters, and houses one of the few molasses factories that exist today.
Another one of Malaga's natural parks with some heights where you can enjoy panoramic views which stretch across the Sierra Nevada. From Frigiliana there is a beautiful route that follows the course of the river Chilla.
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It's funny how an alley can become a must within a village. In this case for me, it is. You can not go without having a little walk Frigiliana, it is one of the most charming parts of town: for the homes, pots and painted doors. Interesting fact: it is twinned with Chefchaouen, one of the prettiest towns in Morocco.
In the typical Calle Real de Frigiliana, was born one of the most illustrious sons of the town, Liborio Apolinario Acosta de la Torre. He was a writer, humanist, biographer and journalist, lawyer from the Colegio de Madrid, master of his University and canon of the Cathedral. He died at Alcalá de Henares on January 11, 1890. On Calle Real de Frigiliana, at number 25 (his birthplace) the City has placed a plaque in his memory.
Walking around Frigiliana is like taking a trip through time because the remnants of three cultures - Islamic, Jewish and Christian - have been conserved here. An example of Islamic culture are the "ramparts" or alleys that were part of the Islamic medieval cities, which in Frigiliana are intact even after the passage of time. These alleys lead to private homes and have an entrance and no exit. One such alley is the Alley of the Lord (Callejón del Señor): at the entrance, there is a picture of Christ crucified, with a candlelit lamp, the entrance roof is (like all others) made of reed. The whiteness of the walls, the flowers and above all the cleanliness (which the neighbours have undertaken) are seen in every nook and cranny in Frigiliana.
If you want a souvenir from your visit to Frigiliana, there is a craft store where you can find all kinds of local crafts, the Azahar Store. The facade alone is remarkable, among the whiteness of the street's facades, and it's lavishly decorated with samples of what you can find inside. Besides the handcrafted ceramics from the area, the "flagship" are the throws, which are handmade blankets made of cotton thread.
The wine of Frigiliana is well known, not only in Axarquia, so if you're in the area, you shouldn't leave without trying some. I already had my eye on this store while I was walking along Calle Real, so I walked around to see what products the store offered. The store assistant kindly gave us the dry and the sweet wine to try. Both were delicious, but we decided on the sweet. As the bottle was being prepared, I was poking around the little shop, and besides wine, you can buy honey, local products, lip balm made from avocado and many more. And the best were the normal prices, not tourist prices.
The Plaza of the Three Cultures is at the village's entrance (there is parking underneath), and although the square always looks incredible, with views of the whole town, fields, mountains, it reach its full "glory" during the festival of the Three Cultures (Sephardic, Jewish and Christian). This festival is celebrated in August, and the influx of visitors is amazing. There are Belly dance, African dance, candle making, soap making workshops held in the square, and everything related to these cultures that have had an influence on the village. There are craft and food stalls, live performances, and above all, a sample of all the art and traditions of this mixture of cultures that has existed in Frigiliana.
If you go through the Calle Real (this can be done on foot or by car as it is the only street that allows passage to vehicles) you arrive at the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, and its square. In the center of the square there is a fountain, which is the exact replica of an older one, there are also tables of a nearby bar, where you can have an aperitif while watching the beautiful facade of the Church that preserves its cover which is composed of an arch on pilasters, and has the coat of arms of bishop Fray Alonso de Santo Tomás.
Miguel Angel perfectly explained this beautiful experience. As and how he lived - I filmed it. So, I can only upload the video and hope you enjoy it as we did, until you have the opportunity to go to Frigiliana and upload the fantastic Cerro de la Sabina.
In Plaza del Ingenio right next to the old Nuestra Señora del Carmen molasses factory and the former palace of the Manrique de Lara, is where you'll find the largest Frigiliana Craft Store, and it's located in what was once the chapel of the Counts of Frigiliana. Inside you can find all sorts of pottery, all of which was made and hand-painted by Andalusian craftsmen. You can also buy typical products such as molasses, famous Frigiliana wine, olive oil, raisins, figs, local spirits, thyme bee's honey, etc. Or you can also buy beauty products that were made by artisans using natural raw materials.
El "Fuerte" (1005m) is a mountain in the municipality of Frigiliana, from the top we can see almost all the axárquica coast. This is where events occurred related in the twelve tiles of Frigiliana. These mountain slopes witnessed the battle that ended the dominance of Arabic culture in these lands. It should be noted that in the north you can see the entire river basin Fig Tree, Lucero Peak, the Swan and saw Almendrón saw. We begin in the Plaza del Ingenio, opposite the Local Police office. From this point we will go towards "Barribarto" by C/Hernando el Darra stopping at the aforementioned mosaics that introduce us graphically to the history of the battle, continue along the C/Chorrera to take a path, in a few moments we see the remains of the castle of Lizar from which one can admire a beautiful view of the area and surrounding Frigiliana. After this break, and using the well that lies at the end of the path as a reference, we will begin the ascent by a serpentine road that lead us in an hour and a half to the Fort. This path you can easily find, only for a few meters you should follow the canal that supplies water to the pot and is jutting between some houses, just then we have two choices: Follow the ditch or the left path. The latter will lead us to our destination. The trail is in good condition so you will have no trouble following while leaving behind the villa. When we're close to our goal, since both sides can enjoy the wonderful scenery this laborious route offers. Many people still go up to look old Moorish era coins. I have to say that without meaning to found one of them, which I keep as a treasure that the mountain gave me that day. Without doubt this is one of the best hiking trails in the area. Level: Intermediate. Estimated Time: 2 hours (one way). Water: Acequia de Liza. Approximate distance: 3 km (return), starting altitude: 300m. Promoted Elevation: 705m.