If you are staying in Nerja and looking for a nearby places to visit, then you must visit Frigiliana!
The picturesque village of Frigiliana is located just 6 kilometres from Nerja and just over fifty kilometres from Malaga. Frigiliana is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia and it’s easy to see why. Situated at three hundred metres above sea level, the views from Frigiliana are truly spectacular.
The white-washed houses of the village provide a stunning contrast with against the vibrant blue skies, painted doors and beautiful flowers in colourful plant pots. On a bright day the effect can be a little dazzling so remember to bring your sunglasses!
The village is a maze of narrow, winding, cobbled streets which are best explored on foot. Frigiliana is built on a mountain side and these streets are steep so you will probably need sensible and comfortable footwear for your meanderings. There’s a variety of shops, restaurants and tapas bars throughout the village.
The well maintained facades of the houses within Frigiliana are a testimony to the pride that the locals take in their village and their efforts to preserve 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.
The old Moorish part of town is one of the best preserved Moorish villages in all of Andalucia. Keep an eye out for the twelve ceramic plaques that are situated throughout the old section of the village which tell the story of the Moorish uprising and the last battles that were fought in the area.
In the centre of the town, 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”). Those with a sweet tooth can try this distinguished delight by purchasing a jar of molasses from one of the local shops.
Thursday is Frigilianas Market day. It is located at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the centre of the village. There’s usually a large number of stalls selling everything from clothes, hats, shoes, leather goods, handbags, fruit and veg, sweets, cakes, art, jewelry, ceramics and local crafts.
Each year Frigiliana hosts the Festival of the Three Cultures (Festival de las Tres Culturas) for four days towards the end of August. The festival celebrates the region’s historic co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions and is major attraction for visitors from all over the Costa Del Sol.
Getting to Frigiliana from Nerja:
By Car – Follow the A7/E15 until you reach the exit for Nerja and Frigiliana, exit number 292. Go leftwards over the roundabout and keep going straight over the next one, taking the MA-5105 into the mountains (you can’t miss it). This road winds round and climbs the mountain eventually reaching Frigiliana.
There is a large municipal car park at the entrance to the village which is probably the best place to park. Do not attempt driving around the centre of the village as several roads are pedestrianised and very narrow! Best to leave the driving inside the village to the locals.
By Bus – There are regular buses leaving from Nerja to Frigiliana. Journey time is about 15 minutes and costs around two euros.
Bus timetables: (changes may occur to schedule so please check with ticket office)
Nerja to Frigiliana: 07:20, 09:45,11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 19:00, 20:30
Frigiliana to Nerja: 07:00, 08:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:45, 13:45, 15:30, 16:30, 19:30, 21:00
Enjoy Your Trip!