Frigiliana, set high up on the mountainside like a floral balcony overlooking the popular seaside town of Nerja, is a special place where the clock seems to stand still and the doors of the houses are always open. Children still want to hear the stories about their grandparents and young people do their ‘courting’ on street corners.
The sun radiateswithjoy in everycorner of this effervescently pretty little town, and later, the moonlight covers every rooftop with the silvery silence of the night.
Such is the essence of flirtatiousFrigiliana, sitting in its own version of a timewarp, with no hint of the ‘pollution’ all too often left behind by the advances of modern society. A first encounterwith its sheer beauty and deep sense of tradition is to experience pure Andalucian magic.
Simply by walking the narrow, cobbled streets, the town becomes a landmark to its own history and existence. While you wander, be sure to take in the old Moorish ‘Mudejar’ quarter, where you can marvel at the 9th century Castle Lizar, the Palace of the Counts of Frigiliana from the 16th century – now the only factory in Europe still actively making molasses – or the Old Fountain, dating back to the 17thcentury.
For visitors who want a more extensive historical tour, there is also the Fort, which dates back to Roman times, and a range of archaeological remains from the Neolithic and Phoenician ages.
When lunchtime eventually comes calling, be brave and order the quintessential local dish – kid goat stew. Just think ‘lamb with attitude’… and usually a lot of garlic! Frigiliana is also one of the best places in Andalucia to try ‘migas’ – delicately flavoured breadcrumbs – to taste deep-fried, sweet potatoes smothered with cane honey, or to devour the deliciously sweet San Juan cakes, best enjoyed with the superb, locally-produced muscatel wine. Oh, how these small pleasures of rural Spanish life become almost impossible to live without!
Frigiliana is well worth a visit on a day out from Club La Costa World – and it’s just an hour away by car. Combine it with a trip to nearby Nerja, and maybe the renowned caves, and it’s sure to be a day to remember.