Set on the side of a mountain at the foot of a national park along the Costa de Sol is Spain’s most beautiful pueblo blanco, Frigiliana. This romantic fairytale village is made up of steep and narrow streets and boasts a settlement dating back to 3,000 B.C. which played a huge role in Spanish history (read about it here).
If you leave your heart in Spain, this is where it’ll remain. The village is made up of cobbled stoned lanes, al fresco restaurants with panoramic views, family-run bars, and of course whitewashed houses that stay cool in the 320 days of sunshine this gorgeous place receives each year.
Frigiliana was on the itinerary for Instagrammer susi_ahola when she journeyed to the Costa de Sol recently, and we haven’t stopped talking about the village since we saw her photos online.
While it’s recommended to explore this place by foot, one villager came up with an innovative idea to help those with mobility issues: a tuk tuk. This tiny one-manned tuk tuk runs around the old town of Frigiliana and stops at important sites along the way for tourists to snap photos.
And you’ll be snapping a whole lot of photos in Frigiliana. The village is actually a melting pot of cultures, with Christian Jewish and Islamic influences seen throughout the winding and narrow streets.
But the one thing not to miss (apart from those picture-perfect photos) is the sugar cane syrup! The Miel de Caña Nuestra Señora del Carmen (sugarcane syrup factory) is still in operation and supplies much of Europe nowadays. If sugarcane syrup isn’t your thing, Frigiliana is also good for artisan chocolate and locally-made jams.
Frigiliana is also known for its Festival de las tres Culturas, when the entire village comes together in August for four days of concerts, food, street performers, markets, and exhibits. The festival is all about celebrating the village and the co-existence of Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions here, but during this festival, anything goes! One of the most popular things to do during the festival is “la ruta de la tapa” (tapas route), which is like a bar crawl but with delicious tapas from local restaurants.
Last year the festival saw more than 40,000 people attend (remember, this is in a village of 3,000!), and hotels in the village filled to the brim, so book accommodation well in advance if this festival strikes your fancy!
Written by Szonja Papp; All Photography © susi_ahola
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Staying in Malaga but need to see Frigiliana for yourself? Viator offers a 5-hour tour of Nerja, Frigiliana and prehistoric caves departing from Malaga. *Not wheelchair accessible*