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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Frigiliana, Spain.

Frigiliana Andalusia Spain

October 2016. A visit to the south of Spain invariably conjures up daydreams of blue skies, golden sands, rolling waves and mouth-watering bowls of tapas accompanied perhaps by a blood-red glass of Tinto (wine) or a cheeky caña (little beer). Or you might prefer images of pristine whitewashed villages. hidden between the mountains. If that’s your cup of tea there are plenty of communities to choose from, though you’d be hard pushed to find a place whiter, or indeed more washed than the gorgeous little village of Frigiliana. Located on the side of a mountain seven kilometers north of the town of Nerja, you can take the bus over from the town centre. But if you happen to visit on a Sunday as I did, you’ll need to stump up twelve Euros for a taxi. In any case it’s totally worth it, especially when you catch that first glimpse of the town through the trees.

October 2016. An atmospheric maze of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and steep roads, the surrounding countryside is mightily impressive, especially on the day of our visit when the mountainous sky intermittently transformed from deep brooding grey into sudden bursts of blue-white. At such moments you can catch the slanting beams of light flickering across the Moorish buildings with their hanging flowerpots, thick wooden doors and orange-tiled rooftops.

October 2016. Frigiliana’s impossibly white streets are picture-perfect, but you’ll have to be patient to grab that holy grail shot free of heads and backpacks.

October 2016. You can’t miss Frigiliana’s towering church, San Antonio de Padua. Built in the late 17th century, it sits overlooking a picturesque little plaza soundtracked by the gentle clinking of knives and forks from its collection of cafes. As the patron saint of travelers, fishermen and sailors, this is the Christian community’s focal point and a look inside reveals painted arches, an ornate gold-plated altar and an unusual statue of Christ and his posse.

October 2016. This little alleyway is a corker and you can see its thick canvas of pink flowers all the way from the balcony restaurants on the other side of town. If you head down the alley and under the greenery, there’s a terrace restaurant tucked away in a quiet corner with fine views over the rooftops.

Like this? Then why not check out my other pieces from around Andalusia.

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  • Mary Phillips

    Stunning pictures, Leighton.

    November 3, 2016 - 11:17 am Reply
  • Miriam G.

    I love Frigiliana, it’s beautiful and the food is quite yummy. I haven’t been there in years, but my sister and her family are visiting us in December and we’ve planned to spend a day there. The photos are very cool and I almost didn’t have to use the WordReference…

    November 8, 2016 - 12:41 pm Reply
    • leightonliterature

      Hey Miriam, thanks for following Leighton Literature and taking the time to comment. I really enjoyed my visit to Frigiliana and will probably go back next summer when my parents come to Spain.

      November 8, 2016 - 3:27 pm Reply

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