the Spanish village that fascinates a prestigious U.S. magazine
In the easternmost part of the Axarquia region of Malaga lies one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. So much so, that the famous American travel magazine Travel and Leisure has listed it as one of the most beautiful villages in the world, noting that it is “a hidden gem”. It is FrigilianaFrigiliana, one of the most impressive white villages of Andalusia thanks to its tradition, natural landscape and gastronomy.
A millenary township
Throughout history, Frigiliana has seen how its streets have been crossed by different civilizationswhich have left their mark and legacy to form a unique cultural cocktail. The village was inhabited since the year 3000 B.C. and was a place of settlement for Phoenicians and Romans. They built a fortress and left the name by which the town would henceforth be known.
However, the town we know today has its origin during the. Muslim rulebetween the ninth and tenth centuries. In that period the construction of a castle (now disappeared) began and around it several houses were built. With the passage of time, the town has prospered and today it has become one of the most important tourist attractions most important tourist attractions in the province of Malaga.
A beautiful old town
What stands out the most about this town is its beautiful OLD TOWN of Moorish-Mudejar origin, which is undoubtedly one of the best preserved in the whole province. It is known as Barribarto and is characterized by the white color and the architecture of the typical Andalusian houses. At present, the historic center of Frigiliana has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site and it is not for less, as a promenade through its streets, especially at night, is a real trip back in time.
During the tour, you will discover the secrets and corners of the city, such as the headquarters of the honey factory Nuestra Señora del Carmen sugar cane factory, known as ‘el Ingenio’ and unique in Europe; the Old Fountain, from the 17th century; or an old silo built in 1767 where surplus grain was stored.
Likewise, religious constructions stand out, such as the Ecce Homo hermitage, also known as the Santo Cristo de la Caña hermitage, and the Church of San Antonio de Paduafrom the 17th century. You can also visit the remains of the 11th century Arab castle, although it is in a clear state of disrepair; the archaeological museum, although it is currently closed, and its impressive botanical gardena meeting place for neighbors.
A place full of nature
The locality also has an unbeatable natural environment, since it is located in the middle of Sierras de Almijara, Tejeda and Alhama Natural Park.offers an exceptional rural experience. In this way, the surroundings of Frigiliana are perfect for numerous outdoor activities, having the routes of hiking as one of the main attractions. Thus, the tourist office has promoted a multitude of paths and trails suitable for hiking. all audiences to enjoy its privileged nature.
How to get there
From MalagaThe trip to this town is approximately 50 minutes by the A-7 highway. On the other hand, from Granada the trip has an estimated duration of 1 hour and 10 minutes by the A-44 and A-7 roads.
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