Have you visited Frigiliana in Spain yet? If not, then this guide will inspire you to do just that.
Located in Andalusia, Spain, only a short 6 kilometres from Nerja, lies the gorgeous whitewashed village of Frigiliana. This quintessential Spanish gem, with its old Moorish quarter, beautiful cobbled streets, bursts of colour thanks to the contrast of the bright shades of colour from the bougainvillaea trees against the pristine whitewashed buildings.
This charming town, offering up incredible views and an array of sights and sounds to explore will no doubt capture your imagination from the moment you step foot inside its maze of cobbled streets.
In this guide, I’ll be outlining everything you need to know to help you plan the perfect visit to Frigiliana in Spain.
Getting to Frigiliana, Andalusia
Frigiliana sits just 6 km north of the coastal town of Nerja, and 50 km from the popular tourist town of Málaga.
If you’re coming from Málaga, you have the option of driving, taking a bus or a taxi.
Driving to Frigiliana
Whether you have your own car or you’re thinking of renting a car, driving from Málaga to Frigiliana is simple and easy.
It will take you just under an hour to drive from Málaga. Simply follow the A7/E15 and take exit 292 for Nerja and Frigiliana. Follow the winding MA-5105 inland and into the mountains.
There is a big car park at the entrance to Frigiliana and it’s recommended to park here and explore the village on foot. Cars are not permitted on many of the central village roads and the steep, narrow streets are slightly hair raising.
Frigiliana Malaga Buses
There are no direct busses from Málaga to Frigiliana. The best way to reach the town is to travel from Málaga to Nerja which is a stunning coastal village worthy of a quick stopover. A ticket will cost around €5 and the journey is 50 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes long.
Then it’s just a quick 15-minute bus that runs from Nerja to Frigiliana that costs €1. Buses leave frequently, so you can take the opportunity for a dip in the turquoise waters of Nerja or a coffee at one of the quaint cafes.
Taxis to Frigiliana
A taxi from Málaga will cost between €75-€80. And if you’re coming from Nerja, it should cost between €10-€15.
Where to Stay in Frigiliana, Spain
Do you want to spend a night or two in the picturesque village? There are plenty of Frigiliana hotels that embody the history and culture of the area. You may also want to book a holiday home and use it as a base to explore the Costa del Sol.
Check out these top options and book your favourite one for a magical getaway.
El Tomillar Holiday Home
This gorgeous villa is a fantastic option for families or groups of friends. Sleeping up to six people in three bedrooms, it’s kitted out with all the makings of a fun and relaxing Spanish holiday.
It’s in the perfect location, very close to central Frigiliana and only 3.5 km from the nearest beach in Nerja.
You can escape the summer heat in the swimming pool or under the shade of trees in the lush garden. The outdoor barbecue is a great spot to gather with your loved ones and whip up some dinner. Check rates and availability – El Tomillar
La Posada Morisca
This beautiful hotel is situated in the countryside of Sierra Tejeda y Almijara Nature Reserve boasting a trifecta of the sea, mountain, and village views. It’s only 1.5 km from Frigiliana, so it offers the perfect place for a tranquil retreat.
The bedrooms are charming and full of country-cottage character, there’s a swimming pool on-site and an inclusive tasty buffet breakfast.
When you’re not hanging out on your terrace taking in the wonderful views, you can choose to stroll into the village or organise a taxi via the hotel. It’s secluded enough to provide a break from the bustling coast, yet ideally located to discover the surrounding areas. Check rates and availability – La Posada Morisca
El Torreon 109 Charming B&B
A quaint bed and breakfast in the perfect location to enjoy Frigiliana. The rooms are quirky and stylish, and the rooftop infinity pool is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
This bed and breakfast is quirky, and each room is unique with individual character. You can choose to eat a continental breakfast on site before heading out for the day or get a recommendation for fantastic restaurants from the friendly owners.
The rooftop terrace and plunge pool are the main attraction for guests. You can wallow in the cool waters with expansive views over the mountainous valley. Check rates and availability – El Torreon 109 Charming B&B
Things to Do in Frigiliana, Spain
Frigiliana is one of the most magical white villages in Spain. It offers you the opportunity to slow down and soak in authentic culture and the joy of simplicity. Rather than a day packed full of activities and impressive landmarks, a visit to this enchanting village is complete simply by arriving. But if you need a little direction, here are some top things to do in Frigiliana.
Stroll Through the Village
The simple act of meandering through Frigiliana, Málaga, is the most rewarding activity. There are multiple points of interest to look out for and stunning little nooks to snap pictures. If you happen to be in the village on Frigiliana market day (Thursday), head to Plaza de las Tres Culturas to enjoy the market.
As you walk around, look out for these landmarks and sites:
- Fuente Vieja (old fountain)
- San Antonio Church
- Real Expósito (ancient silo)
- Santo Cristo de la Caña chapel
- El Torreón Old Granary
- Renaissance Palace of the Counts of Frigiliana
Find the 12 Ceramic Tiles
Turn your wanderings around the old parts of Frigiliana into a treasure hunt. Hidden on the walls that line the cobbled streets are 12 historic ceramic tile panels.
Each plaque is a visual story of Moorish settlements, uprisings, and battles in the area. It’s a wonderful way to learn about the history of the Moors through the storybook-like illustrations.
Climb Up to the Castle of Lizar
You’ll actually be walking to the place where Castle of Lizar stood once-upon-a-time. The walk up to the castle remains is steep with many stairs, but the panoramic views are well worth the uphill climb.
It’s the perfect place to take a moment to reflect upon the history of the area and snap some incredible urban photos.
Meal With a View
The small village is packed with an astounding number of Frigiliana restaurants and eateries. Many of these are situated above the small town or have rooftop terraces boasting an incredible view.
Settle in with a cold drink and delicious tapas while you admire spectacular views over the valley and village below. Try out The Garden Restaurant for a tasty meal and phenomenal views, or Restaurante Al Fuente for mouthwatering regional tapas.
Dive Into the Art Scene
The cobbled streets flanked with charming white buildings and the bohemian vibe has been a haven for artists.
You can discover the artistic side of Frigiliana by perusing local art galleries such as AmArte. Or, check out one of the regular exhibitions in the Casa del Apero.
Browse the Artisan Shops
You won’t be able to resist stepping into the colourful and unusual shops that are dotted around the village. These are a little different from your typical souvenir shops that are so prominent throughout the rest of Spain.
You can pick up beautiful artistic items and handmade mementoes.
Full-Day Tour From Málaga
Kill two birds with one stone by taking a full-day tour of Frigiliana and Nerja. This way, you don’t need to worry about organizing anything and can experience the highlights of two quintessential Spanish coastal towns.
A local guide will introduce you to the cultures and traditions of Andalusia while taking you around the whitewashed villages. You’ll visit the Caves of Nerja and the Lizar Castle in Frigiliana.