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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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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.
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Up in the hills......
Strange to find that Frigiliana is considered a Nerja 'thing to do'..
But I suppose a daytrip to this historical village, stuffed with holiday homes and ex-pats from the UK, Germany, Scandanavia etc, may be a commonplace thing to do when based in Nerja. I certainly did it.
But I'm not going to write about Frigiliana here. I'll write about it on my Frigiliana page
Suffice to say that it is very easy indeed to get to Frigiliana by bus from Nerja's 'bus station'. You pay the driver and the fare in January 2014 was 1 euro. Journey time is around 15 minutes and Frigiliana itself, albeit most beautifully maintained and with little tangible sense of its long history, is a very pleasant and pretty place to explore.
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