From The Front Cover of Smile Nerja:) Issue 3
The Frigiliana Castle, or what?s left of it which isn?t much, is quite possibly (and you are invited to challenge me on this) the best spot ever for a picnic! At one of the highest accessible spots in the area it offers the most spectacular panoramic views out over Frigiliana and down to Nerja and the big blue Mediterranean Sea. In fact, the only advice we can offer you which may improve the experience of your visit is that once you have laid out your spread, just beware of the two resident, very cheeky donkeys!
Directions: Dead simple either on foot or by car. Follow the main road out of Frigiliana and stay left heading for the hills. This is the Frigiliana - Torrox road but before you get anywhere near Torrox, barely out of Frigiliana infact, a little after restaurante Santo Cristo and just after the information sign that tells you that you are entering the natural park, to your right is a road, easily spotted as some thoughtful tourist ( and it wasn?t me honest!) has sprayed a bright orange arrow onto the rock wall.) Follow this up, up and up some more and you will arrive at your destination. Told you it was dead simple.
Go for a drive beyond Frigiliana and visit some of the other little towns in the interior like Competa for instance. They are mostly built on the sides of hills and are quite charming. Meals will also be cheaper.
The scenery is lovely too.
approximately 7 kilometres from Nerja is the beautiful "white village" of Frigiliana. The village retains a lot of the character and charm of life here many years ago. Despite a fairly massive building programme that looks like it might spoil the village, once you get into the heart of the village that goes unnoticed.
Windy and steep cobbled streets have whitewashed houses jammed together. The people here seem to take a lot of care and pride in where they live, with the ladies mopping the street outside there homes everyday and watering their plants.
Hanging baskets and plants in pots and tumbling from terraces make it a great place for photographs. There are bars and restaurants hidden away around corners and at the top of steep hills. One of the prettiest streets is just behind the church.
Frigiliana is a very old village with lots of history. During the Christian Reconquest, of Spain, the village was the site of the final battle in 1569 of the Moorish uprising against their new Christian rulers and their defeat resulted in their complete expulsion of the Moorish population. The history of this period is pictured in 12 ceramic plaques in the old quarter.
If arriving by car, don't be tempted to drive into the village, you'll only end up getting stuck-park at the bottom and walk .
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