Seven kilometres north of Nerja, perched high on a mountain ridge, is the picturesque town of Frigiliana, undoubtedly one of the best of the typical Andalucían ‘White Villages’.
The hill overlooking the village, El Fuerte, was the scene of the final battle, and defeat, of the Axarquia Moors in their rebellion of 1569. On top of the hill are a few remains of the old fort from which it is said that many Moors threw themselves from it rather than be captured by the Christians.
The village is a maze of narrow, cobbled streets lined with white-washed houses and best explored on foot. Do be warned though, most of the streets are steep and some of them are very steep. Small, dark alleys often lead to a bar or restaurant!
On the subject of food and drink, no shortage of watering holes and you’ll find some excellent restaurants all over the town.
A series of 12 plaques throughout the village chronicle the ‘Battalla de Peñon’.
Small plazas provide shade and the village bars serve the locally produced wine. There are also several excellent shops selling pottery and ceramics, including decorative plates with their distinctive Arab design.
There is adequate parking at the bottom of the hill if you are driving to Frigiliana. There are several buses a day that run from Nerja, although there is generally no service on Sundays or public holidays and fiesta days. (see below for timetables)
Area: 40 square kilometres
Altitude: 350m above sea level
Population: +/- 2,600
Distance from Nerja: 7 km
Driving Time: +/- 10 minutes
Places of Interest
Ingenio Nuestra Señora del Carmen
La Fuente Vieja
Ermita de Ecce Homo (El Santo Cristo)
Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua
El Castillo Arabé
Casa del Apero
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Loads more Frigiliana photos
Local specialities include: Choto (kid with almond sauce or garlic), Potajes (stews, such as cabbage, fennel or cod and tortilla with honey), Migas (breadcrumb and corn base with fish, vegetables, chorizo or blood sausage) and various pastries made with cane honey.
The local tipple is Moscatel wine, varying from very dry to very sweet.
San Sebastián (Jan 20th)
May Crosses (May 3rd)
Feria de San Antonio (June)
Feria de Agosto
Tel: 95 253 3126
Taxis – (Rank)
Tel: 92 253 3231
Tel: 95 253 30 48
Plaza de Ramon Castilla s/n
Tel: 95 253 3122
NERJA – FRIGILIANA
07:20* 09:45** 11:00** 12:00* 13:30* 15:00* 19:00* 20:30*
FRIGILIANA – NERJA
07:00* 08:00* 10:30* 11:30** 12:45* 13:45* 15:30* 16:30* 19:30* 21:00 (22:00 till end of August)
* Not on Sundays and Public Holidays
** Not Saturday, Sunday or Public Holidays