Frigiliana is a traditional white washed village high in the hills above Nerja and is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in the whole of Spain.
Located approx 7km away from the Nerja this lovely little village makes for an interesting day trip by either bus or car. Several buses a day leave from the centre of Nerja so it is easy to get there even if you haven't got a car.
The village itself is absolutely gorgeous and is just what you would expect a traditional Andulacian Pueblo Blanco to look like with it's tightly packed white washed houses and cobbles streets.
We spent a couple of hours just wandering through the streets admiring the houses and soaking up the atmosphere.
The village is definitely a tourist honey pot and it was very busy when we were there with tourists but it doesn't see to have lost it's unique character and it was still very much a working village allbeit with some lovely shops and restaurants that you might not expect in a village this size.
Even though there were coaches full tourists pulling up all the time there were very few tacky tourists shops and the council seem to have made an effort to ensure that the village retains it's class and doesn't succumb to the mighty dollar.
Most of the shops leaned towards the higher end and there were some really nice ones where we bought some hand made ceramics that were definitely better than anything we had seen for sale in Nerja.
We stopped to have lunch in an absolutely stunning plaza that was shaded by trees and looked picture perfect. Usually in these tourist hotspots the food in not very good but here it was absolutely delicious and we had some locally produced wine that was so good we went searching for a shop where we could buy a crate to take home with us.
You could definately spend the whole day in Frigliana as although it is small there is a lot to see and do. The nicest thing for me personally was just soaking up the atmosphere but there is a 16th centuary church, a Roman fort, the 8th centuary castle of Lizar and plenty of other historical sites to explore before finding a terrace and having a glass of wine.
If you find yourself in Nerja or anywhere on the Costa Del Sol region then I definately recommend you go visit Frigliana as it is a chance to see a part of the real Spain away from the high rise resorts of the coast.