Situated in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara mountain range, Frigiliana is an extremely pretty village which has received several awards for conservation and beauty. It has often been voted the prettiest village in the province of Malaga.

Frigiliana is located just 6 kilometres inland north of Nerja and lies at an altitude of 435 metres on the scenic Route of Sun and Wine (La Ruta de sol y vino"), and has a population of around 3,000. It enjoys spectacular countryside as well as wonderful sea views and good access to the coast.

Getting There: Take the Mediterranean motorway (A-7, N-340) towards Motril and shortly before arriving in Nerja, exit for the MA-105, which leads directly up to Frigiliana.

Frigiliana consists of two adjoining centres. One of Moorish and medieval origin and the other constructed in more recent times, but imitating the architectural style of the old village. Between the two districts there are two interesting buildings; the former granary built in 1767 and a 16th century Renaissance palace which is now a molasses factory.

street near beryl by vernon for ee

In the old part of the village the narrow, winding streets are full of interesting shops and bars. Twelve distinctive mosaics by the artist Pilar Garcia Millan adorn the walls and depict the history of the village. Above sit the remains of a Moorish castle while in the centre of the village you will find the parish church of San Antonio. It  is of 16th century construction and is home to three excellent 17th century paintings. The church is one of the most photographed in all of Spain.

Settlement of the area originated in prehistoric times and archaeological sites date back to 3000-1500 BC. Phoenician and Roman remains have also been discovered.

The River Higuerón irrigates the area which produces sub-tropical fruits and vegetables. The drier slopes grow olives and grapes used to make excellent sweet dry wines.

sunny view of frigiliana by vernon

Steeped in history this beautiful white village is a haven of tranquillity and tradition that is truly appreciated by the locals making it the most honoured town within the Axarquia province. In the 1980's the town was awarded by the tourist department of Spain 1st prize for the most beautiful place in Spain. An early contribution to this was the law introduced by the incumbent mayor in 1971; he declared that everyone in Frigiliana must whitewash their houses once a year, a law that is still enforced today.

Due to its unrivalled charm Frigiliana attracts a large number of tourists during the summer months. Sunny summer days can be spent enjoying a light refreshment in one of its numerous bars and cafes, taking a dip in the Olympic size public swimming pool, experience the sights, sounds and smells of some of its enduring processions and fiestas, or exploring the area by taking a walk through olive groves, avocado plantations or in shady countryside lanes lined with almond trees.

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The village itself is pleasant to walk around and is best explored on foot. The narrow cobbled streets of whitewashed houses, along with their wrought-iron balconies filled with planters of brilliant red geraniums, ensure that photographers have plenty of reasons to snap away. Small plazas provide you with the chance to sit under a tree and watch daily life unfold. There are several atmospheric and long established village bars in which you can taste locally produced wine. And there are many excellent gift shops selling pottery and ceramics, including decorative plates with their distinctive Arab design.

Frigiliana is a village about which this maxim is very true. Once seen, never forgotten.

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El Acebuchal

Close to Frigiliana, just 7 kms. away, is the small hamlet of El Acebuchal.

Acebuchal is an authentic, historical mountain village situated on the edge of the protected National Park of Sierra Tejeda, behind Nerja and Frigiliana, and surrounded by pine forests and wild rosemary. All the houses in El Acebuchal have a rustic charm of days gone by. The paved streets are surrounded by small gardens and a swimming pool. It is the perfect environment for artists, writers, poets or anyone who wants to get back to nature, in a truly peaceful place. From here you can enjoy the beautiful trails and paths through the natural park, by mountain bike, on horseback, in 4x4 or quad bike, or hiking.

Although the village dates back to the year 1569, it was abandoned in 1948 due to constant fighting between the resistance movement and the Civil Guard, who wished to gain strategic control of the area, and hence fell into complete disrepair. Mild attempts to re-establish the village in 1965 came to nothing. It wasn't until 1995 that families of former ancestors, based in Cordoba, decided to restore the village to its former glory. At the time, all the houses were in ruins, most if not all, without roofs, streets had virtually disappeared, there was no electricity or running water. In 1998, the first house was restored and in 2003, electricity arrived in the village.

Thirteen years later, the whole village has been restored in typical, rural village style, with new streets, lighting, drainage and improved access from the neighbouring village of Frigiliana. There is one local restaurant and bar and the village is populated all year round. To find a village with more peace and quiet would be practically impossible! If you are visiting Frigiliana, you should make the effort to visit this small treasure. And we have properties for sale there!

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Calle Real, 51
29788 Frigiliana (Málaga) SPAIN
Telephone: (0034) 952 533 642 Mobile phone: (0034) 680 699 704 Web: