Altitude: 318 m
Distance to Malaga: 56 km
Distance to coast: 7 km
Average sunshine per day: 8.08 hrs
Situated in the foothills of the Sierra de Enmedio, a southern extension of the Almijara mountain range, Frigiliana is an extremely pretty village which has received several awards for conservation and beauty. It enjoys spectacular countryside as well as wonderful sea views and good access to the coast.
Frigiliana consists of two adjoining centres. One of Moorish and Medieval origin and the other constructed recently whilst imitating the architectural style of the old village. Between the two districts there are two interesting buildings; the former granary built in 1767 and a 16th century Renaissance palace which is now a molasses factory.
For centuries Frigiliana has been a confluence of Muslims, Jews and Christians, celebrated each year for four days during the Festival of Three Cultures. During this time, the customs, music and gastronomy of the different cultures are offered. All the bars and restaurants take part in the tapas route with delightful specialities. The best chefs from Malaga City take part in a gastronomic contest while street musicians, jugglers and circus attractions recreate a medieval urban ambience. A street market offers all kinds of handmade products and there are concerts featuring top dancers and musicians. Details of Frigiliana´s other annual festivals can be found at the fiestas link at the bottom of this page.
Within the old sector, the narrow, winding streets are full of interesting shops and bars, and twelve mosaics by the artist Pilar Garcia Millan depict the village's history. At the high point of the town there are remains of a Moorish castle. The parish church of San Antonio is of 16th century construction and houses three excellent 17th century paintings. Treasure containing precious metals is exhibited in the sacristy.
Settlement of the area originated in prehistoric times and archaeological sites date back to 3000-1500 BC. Phoenician and Roman remains have also been discovered.
The River Higuerón irrigates the area which produces sub-tropical fruits and vegetables. The drier slopes grow olives and grapes used to make excellent sweet dry wines.