This is an attractive white town that has drawn many artists to its precincts. It has kept its Spanish character in spite of the many nationalities that have settled in the area.
Frigiliana is located in the foothills of the Sierra de Enmedio, a southern extension of the Almijara mountain range. It is an extremely pretty village which has received several awards for conservation and beauty. The town is surrounded by spectacular countryside as well as wonderful sea views and good access to the coast. It lies at an altitude of 435 metres within the area of Axarquia, on the scenic sun and wine route and has a population of 2,200.
It is easy to get to Frigiliana, which is only 56 km from Malaga along the coast road. At Nerja the turn off into the hills is a further 7 km through maginificent mountain scenery. A regular daily bus route runs from Nerja to Frigiliana.
There are two distinctive parts to Frigiliana: one of Moorish and Medieval origin and the other modern. The modern side has copied the architectural style of the old village, but offers a more comfortable lifestyle. Between the two districts there are two interesting buildings; the former granary built in 1767 and a 16th century Renaissance palace that is now a molasses factory.
In the old sector, the narrow, winding streets are full of interesting shops and bars. Twelve mosaics by the artist Pilar Garcia Millan depict the village's history. At the highest point of the town there are remains of a Moorish castle. The parish church of San Antonio was built in the 16th century and houses three excellent 17th century paintings. Treasure containing precious metals is exhibited in the sacristy.
Settlement of the area originated in prehistoric times and archaeological sites date back to 3000-1500 BC. Phoenician and Roman remains have also been unearthed.
The River Higuerón irrigates the area, which produces sub-tropical fruits and vegetables and the drier slopes grow olives and grapes. The grapes are used to make the excellent sweet and dry wines of the area.
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