Narrow pathways lead through the medieval villages which dot the bold mountains of Andalusia in Spain. The small windows and white, thick walls keep the interior of the tall townhouses cool, even went the heat squeezes the last trickle of sweat out of the pores during Spain’s midsummer time.
Only about 50 kilometers east of Málaga lies Frigiliana, probably one of the most picturesque villages along the Costa del Sol just in the foothills of the Sierras de Tejeda National Park.
We had the best introduction to the region as we passed the old mountain road from Granada to the Costa del Sol through the Sierra Nevada mountains to approach the Sierras de Tejeda from the east.
The village can be divided into two. The newer lower section, where you should find parking easier and the upper section: the older Morisco-Mudéjar neighbourhood, where you can walk to in a few minutes. The upper section is obviously the place of special interest.
The old town of Frigiliana is built on the mountain side, so we had to negotiate some steep paths. But it was definitively worth the effort.
Colorful pot plants with lavender, jasmine and bushes of bougainvillea contrast beautifully with the whitewashed houses.
The inhabitants enjoy their views on terraces between the red clay roofs or read a book while the sky doesn’t show one tiny cloud. On a clear day, rather in winter than in summer, even the North African coastline may be visible.
We wandered up the hillside through the cobble-stoned streets, past the white houses with doors painted in pastel colours.
A local descended with a mule in tow as if it were a picture from the last century.
We found a restaurant with a stunning view of the surrounding countryside and the coast below.
As the Spanish tourism authorities voted Frigiliera the ‘prettiest village in Andalusia’, quite some tourists find the way to visit this quaint little town. It’s a good idea to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid bigger crowds.