Frigiliana Travel Guide

  • Frigiliana
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  • Frigiliana
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  • Frigiliana
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Frigiliana Things to Do

  • Follow the history..........

    ...but, if you don't read Spanish, make sure you go to the Tourist Information office in Casa del Apero (see tip) first, so you can pay 1 euro and get an English-language translation!There are 12 ceramic plaques set throughout Frigiliana's oldest quarter. They tell the story, in Spanish, of the 'Battle of the Rock' in 1569, when the local Moorish...

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  • Put a euro or 50 eurocents in the...

    I found this rather odd.In at least two old-town Frigiliana locations...and there may be more...I found old-style coin-in-the-slot 'mechanical theatre' machines.You know, the type where the coin makes the clown laugh uproariously, or sets in motion a chain of events displayed within?I hadn't seen any of those for decades and was (still am)...

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  • Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua

    This whitewashed church is set in the heart of Frigiliana's oldest quarter...the heart of what was once a Moorish settlement. It is thought by some historians that there may have been an earlier chapel on the siote....and by others that the church is built on the site of Frigiliana's mosque. Either seems quite likely to me, but the fact that it was...

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  • Casa del Apero 1: the museum

    Frigiliana's museum is pretty tiny but it has some very interesting exhibits. More importantly, from my point of view, it had enough English-language labelling for me to understand quite a lot about how the settlement has developed since prehistoric times.It is well worth visiting the museum before you explore the village itself (I didn't,...

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  • Casa del Apero 2: views and tourist...

    ......and free, clean toilets (a big plus anywhere, imo).Frigiliana's little tourist information office (with very pleasant and helpful staff), along with its museum, a small exhibition space and the library, is housed in the rather lovely Casa del Apero, up the road to your right as you stand facing the Ingenio (signed for the museum).Casa del...

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  • Wander the oldest part of the village.

    Calle Real, and the narrow streets, alleyways and steps which run off it, form the historical heart of Frigiliana. Surfaces are cobbled, some 'streets' are stepped and many are quite steep....a few are very steep...so it's not ideal for those with mobility difficulties nor even for push-chairs (it will be a long, hard push and a rather bumpy...

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  • Penon de la Sabina

    You'll see sign to the 'Penon de la Sabina' as you walk up through the 'old town' part of the village. There are steep-ish steps up to, and past it, onto a higher-level streetThe Penon is a huge, huge rock which was dislodged from the top of the mountain in January 1936 by heavy rains in 1936 and crashed down onto the village below. It was...

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  • Los Reales Positos

    This building is on Calle Real, to the left as you stand in front of El Ingenio and on your left as you begin to walk up Calle Real.It was built in 1767 by the lords of Frigiliana and was originally a granary, intended to store grain in case of hard times (Frigiliana has had many of those over the centuries.). The frontage has some lovely brick...

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  • Ingenio Nuestra Señora del Carmen

    The magnificent 16th-century 'manor house' ('mansion' would be a better word) of Ingenio Nuestra Señora del Carmen (also called Palacio de los Condes de Frigiliana) is the first thing you notice when you get off the bus. It towers over Frigiliana's Calle Real and the large-ish square where the bus stops, and is clearly old.But you can't visit...

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Frigiliana Hotels

  • Hotel Los Caracoles

    Ctra. Frigiliana - Torrox Km 4,6, Frigiliana, 29788, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Apartamentos Rosamarina

    C/Maldonado s/n, CP 2978, Frigiliana, Spain

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Villa Frigiliana

    Calle San Sebastian 1, Frigiliana, Andalusia, 29788, Spain

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Frigiliana Restaurants

  • Spanish and English Cuisine at its best

    We have visited several times and always found the food delicious. I had the set €10 lunch menu of poached salmon, braised rabbit and apple crumble for example. On Sunday we were delighted to find a live duo playing. The place was packed so this is a very popular feature.The staff speak Spanish and English and can't do enough for you and Chef Peter...

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  • Hidden Gem in the Pueblo

    Located among the narrow streets of the Pueblo on Calle El Porton, opposite a well known Tapas Bar, La Esquina Veronica is a gem indeed. Seating outside on the terrace in the sunshine or deep inside in one of the oldest buildings of the town in the evenings, the food is both Spanish and French. We had the evening menu which was French and of superb...

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  • Coffee Time

    We arrived to Frigiliana at 4 pm and we wanted to have a good coffee and our friend recommended us this restaurant. We had a coffee on the terrace and enjoyed the views that Frigiliana offers. I saw the menu and is very extensive and varied.Llegamos a Frigiliana a eso de las 4 de la tarde y lo que nos apetecía era tomar un buen café y nuestra amiga...

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  • Traditional Cooking on the patio

    We first found this restaurant by accident. Many were closed for annual holidays or day off or already full. But as we passed by a small opening, or passage way between two houses, with heard the chinks of cutlery and plates. We thought it might lead to a private back-yard but went to make sure. It did look like someone’s pretty little terrace but...

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  • The view from the Terrace

    This is another long established Frigiliana restaurant that consistently serves good food with a good choice on the menu. It continues to attract returning customers year after year and though I think it has moved a bit upmarket, still offers very good value - and an incomparable location.

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  • TRADITIONAL SPANISH DISHES

    As we were getting hungry, Carmen, Stace, Hans & I along with Sandra, Isa and Rosa, started looking for a place to eat. It was getting close to 3:00 p.m. when most restaurants close for the afternoon. We luckily got into LA BODEGUILLA" just in time before they closed.We ordered tradional Spanish dishes. Actually I don't even remember the names of...

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Frigiliana Transportation

  • Bus from Nerja

    The Nerja>Frigiliana bus runs from Nerja's 'bus station' (really just a couple of laybys and an ALSA ticket booth on the Avenida de Pescia).You can't buy tickets in advance, or from the ticket booth. You just pay the driver as you get on. Fare was 1 euro in January 2014.The bus takes about 15 minutes to travel up to Frigiliana and stops in the...

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  • By Car

    Driving from Málaga you have to take the A-7 direction to Almeria, take the exit num 292, follow the signs and take the road MA-5105. I recommend parking before reaching the old town because of the area is impossible to park and traffic is only accessible to residents.Conduciendo desde Málaga tienes que coger la A-7 en dirección a Almería, coge la...

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  • With your own car - Con tu coche

    The best way to arrive to Frigiliana is with your own or hired car. Either if you are coming from Malaga or Granada the best route is to reach the Axarquia by the N-340 speed way and take the "Frigiliana" exit. Then it's just a few kilometres by the MA-105 road till you'll arrive to the city. There is a free parking between the old and new town...

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Frigiliana Shopping

  • FRIGILIANA SHOPS

    Frigiliana had many lovely shops. It was fun snooping inside, especially looking at all the lovely ceramic objects, tiles, painted glass and pottery items. There was you usual souvenir stores too with post-cards, t-shirts and my favourite - those wonderful colourful aprons.

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  • Craftmanship - Artesanía

    As I told you before there are a lot of kind of craftmanship productes you can find here. I loved one shop where you can find a lot of stuff made on pumpkins at the calle Estanco, but it was a little bit expensive. It's normal because they need a lot of hours to make such a nice work. Como dije antes hay muchos tipos de productos de artesanía que...

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  • Pottery - Cerámica

    There are a lot of artisans living in town and all of them sell their products here. Some of them own shops, but others receive customers directly at home. Hay muchos artesanos viviendo en el pueblo y todos ellos venden sus productos aquí. Algunos de ellos tienen tiendas, pero otros reciben a sus clientes directamente en sus casas. All kind of...

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Frigiliana Local Customs

  • Donkeys - Burritos

    As the streets are very narrow and steppy the only way to carry on heavy stuff is using donkeys, as it was usual in every Spanish city in ancient times. Unfortunatly I dind't see any of them. Como las calles son muy estrechas y tienen escalones la única manera de transportar material pesado es usando burros, como era normal antiguamente en todas...

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  • Mules transport system

    As transport inside the city is so difficult as it is on a hill and streets very narrow, this is the traditional work transport...My eyes could not believe it, when I first saw it, later I realised this is the only way ... Mule or the man!thanks Susieguide for the correction, is mules not donkeys

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  • Name

    The name of the village dates from the roman period, as it comes from the Latin "Frexinius", to which the suffix "ana" was added. The final result was, therefore, "Frexinius ana", meaning "Frexinius’ farmhouse". But it is the Arab culture that really gave the village its present form, as it grew up around the hamlet dating from the ninth and tenth...

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Frigiliana Warnings and Dangers

  • Take care in the sun !

    I know that one of the high priorities on many peoples minds is to get in the Sun as fast as they can and for as long as they can to get a tan to be proud of when they return home. But.........BEWARE OF THE SUN ! especially in Frigiliana where you will be walking around in the sun with very little respite when sightseeing the narrow streets and...

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  • Very steep and Hilly

    Please note that Frigiliana has very steep gradients with frequent steps and, in the unlikely event of rain, slippery cobble stoned streets.Not suitable for wheelchair users.Not suitable for the walking impaired.Wear good strong gripped shoes.

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Frigiliana What to Pack

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    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 13, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A fold up bag is useful to bring presents back.
    If going out of season consider taking a small umbrella. They are expensive to buy in Spain.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If going out of season consider taking a small umbrella. They are expensive to buy in Spain.

    Mobile phones:
    Many people bring their mobile phones with them but DO remember that a call from the UK will cost YOU even to receive the call. If you are going for a long period, consider buying a Spanish mobile phone, two if you are going with company. Then you can keep in touch with each other when at different locations and CHEAPLY.

    Photo Equipment: Your camera of course!
    Binoculars.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Waterproof coat if going out of season or even if not as the clouds can roll in quickly in Frigiliana.

    Miscellaneous: If you bring your alarm clock radio with you as I do, and it runs off the mains, don't forget to bring your converter plugs with you as Spanish plug sockets are TWO PIN ROUND !

    Voltage is the same as in England BUT where as our voltage is closer to 240v AC, Spanish voltage can go as low as 206v AC, especially at peak demand times. Your appliance will work o.k. but say, a kettle will take longer to boil.

    Converter plug
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Frigiliana Off The Beaten Path

  • Castle - Castillo

    Well, actually I didn't visit the castle itself, but I saw it from the city. You can see it too if you pay attention to the mountain summit. It's a 9th century Arab castle and it was destroyed during the "Battle of the Rock" (16th century) so currently there are just some ruined walls. Bien, verdaderamente no visité el castillo. pero lo ví desde el...

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  • Botanical garden - Jardín Botánico

    There is a small park next to the parking area. I think it's completly brand new and it worth a visit. There are a lot of kind of plants and flowers, an artificial waterfall and benches, where you can have a small rest just looking at the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, if it's a sunny day. Hay un parque pequeño junto a la zona de...

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  • Lear about its history

    Walking along the little streets you can learn about the history of Frigiliana, reading the 12 mosaics, which explain the entire story.The history of Frigiliana dates from prehistoric times, as Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs have lived there. During the Christian reconquest, there was many battles here. The last one was the battle of the Rock of...

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Frigiliana Favorites

  • NARROW COBBLESTONE STREETS

    Perhaps the most charming aspect of Frigiliana is its narrow cobblestone streets. Each corner, each turn, opens up another wonderful view. I love the wrought-iron balconies, the wonderful tiles people put on the walls for decoration. I love the vivid blue doors. The old-fashioned lamp-posts. The potted plants placed strategically outside...

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  • FRIGILIANA

    You can experience the real Spain in the beautifufl white village of FRIGILIANA. Narrow cobblestone streets lined by whitewashed houses, their wrought iron balconies filled with planters of brilliant red geraniums. Frigiliana has just recently been discovered by tourists and I have noticed that quite a few tour companies are now including a visit...

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  • IGLESIA DE SAN ANTONIO - ANO 1676

    Frigiliana's lovely white church IGLESIAS DE SAN ANTONIO was built in the 17th century. The interior was absolutely beautiful.

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Old Town
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Church of San Antonio de Padua
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Archaeological Museum
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Take a walk with history.
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Casa del Apero
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Street Views
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Frigiliana Coat of Arms
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Ingenio Nuestra Señora del Carmen
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Ceramic tile panels - Paneles cerámicos
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Cats - Gatos
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Plants and flowers - Plantas y flores
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Beautiful white and steppy streets
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Buses - Autobuses
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To eat with a nice view -Con buenas vistas
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Old Fountain - Fuente Vieja
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El Torreón (The Turret)
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Town hall - Ayuntamiento
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Callejón del Señor (Passage of the Lord)
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Calle Estanco (Tobacconist's street)
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Coat of Arms - Escudo
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The Mill - El Ingenio
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Palace of Implements - Palacio del Apero
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Archaeological Museum - Museo arqueológico
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New town - Barrio nuevo
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Mountains - Montañas
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St. Anthony of Padua Church (S.Antonio)
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If you enjoy walking...
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Views from the Top
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Take the Green bus to Frigiliana from Nerja
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Getting to Frigiliana
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The Old Quarter
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The Lay of the Land
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One last look at a lovely street in Frigiliana
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The story is told on the 12 ceramic tiles.
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The awsome view from Restaurante the Garden.
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Restaurante ,''The Garden'' with a terras.
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Another ceramic tile in the street of Frigiliana.
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Meow Meow why is that doggie barking at us.
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Upstairs a very nice Doggie looking down at ?????
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Very steep stairs in many places in Frigiliana.
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