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Looking over Frigiliana from Mirador Frigiliana

Inspiring Destinations – Frigiliana, Spain

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Frigiliana, Spain

Frigiliana is a gorgeous Pueblo Blanco (white village) on a hillside in the Costa del Sol, southern Spain.

The village is known for its Moorish old quarter and narrow streets decorated with ceramic mosaics.

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The ceramic mosaic lanes are a feature of the village

Frigiliana has been voted the ‘prettiest village in Andalucia’ by the Spanish Tourist Board, and it’s not hard to see why. Narrow, winding, cobblestone streets full of small shops, tapas bars and restaurants encourage you to wander for hours.

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Every Thursday morning, a market takes place in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the centre of the village. There are stalls selling everything from clothes, hats, shoes, leather goods, handbags, fruit and veg, sweets, cakes, art, jewellery, ceramics and local crafts.

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The Frigiliana Market at Plaza de las Tres Culturas is well attended

There are some nice day trips from Frigiliana, including Nerja, El Acebuchal and La Herradura.

The Caves of Nerja were inhabited from about 25,000 BC and are a series of caverns. Nature has carved out a natural amphitheatre where concerts are performed.

El Acebuchal is a small village near Frigiliana which was abandoned during the Spanish civil war and stayed that way for many years.  But it’s no ghost town because, in 1988, families of the villagers returned to restore the village.

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The long abandoned village of El Acebuchal is now populated again

La Herradura is a coastal town with lovely beaches and lots of cafes. You can enjoy the local markets, pedestrian shopping or find your way to the Punta de la Mona. Now a lighthouse, it was once a coastal watchtower.

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The pebbly beach at La Herradura

At the start of 2019, we took a two-month road trip around Spain, including a long stay in Frigiliana. Read about part of our roadie here – Travel Spain: Valencia to Malaga.