28 Sep Car Route through the towns of Malaga: Discover Frigiliana
Located in the easternmost area of Axarquía, in Malaga, today we are talking about one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, Villa de Frigiliana, with a population of approximately 3,000 inhabitants. There are several awards won thanks to the beauty of this small municipality on the Costa del Sol. The first of them, in 1982, was the first award for “Embellecimiento de los Pueblos de España”. Since 2015, Frigiliana belongs to the club of “Los Pueblos Más Bonitos de España”, and since 2016 as one of the “7 Maravillas Rurales” of our country. For these, and many more reasons, today we are going to talk about the places in Frigiliana that you should visit in one day with Haro Rent a Car.
1. Cuesta del Apero
Cuesta del Apero is one of Frigiliana’s gems, a winding street that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the old town. As you ascend this cobblestone street, you immerse yourself in the town’s picturesque atmosphere. At the end of Cuesta del Apero, you’ll find Casa del Apero, a 17th-century historic building that houses the Tourist Office, the Municipal Library, and the Archaeological Museum. Here, you can obtain useful information about the history and attractions of Frigiliana. Additionally, this street has free parking at its upper end, making it convenient to leave your Haro rental car and explore the town on foot.
2. Palace of the Counts of Frigiliana
The Palace of the Counts of Frigiliana is a highlight of a visit to this charming town. This 16th-century Renaissance building was the residence of the Counts of Frigiliana and is famous for being the site of production for molasses, a unique product made here and exclusive to this region of Europe. Besides its historical significance, the palace houses a souvenir shop where you can purchase unique mementos and, of course, the coveted molasses, a local culinary treasure.
3. Royal Street
Royal Street, known as the main artery of the town, is a focal point of Frigiliana. Crossing through the old town, this street is full of charm with its white-washed houses and balconies adorned with flowers. In addition to its visual beauty, Calle Real is the commercial heart of Frigiliana. Here, you’ll find a variety of shops selling local products such as crafts, ceramics, and gastronomic items. Moreover, you can enjoy lovely bars and restaurants where you can savor delicious Andalusian cuisine while watching life go by.
4. Hernando el Darra Street
Hernando el Darra street is undoubtedly one of the most photographed scenes in Frigiliana. This narrow, cobbled street creates a fork with Calle Real, resulting in a spectacular view worth capturing in photographs. As you venture into this picturesque street, you’ll encounter Barribarto, the Moorish neighborhood of Frigiliana, which transports you back in time with its historic architecture and rustic charm. The beauty of this street makes it a must-visit for photography enthusiasts and those seeking authentic experiences in the heart of Frigiliana.
5. Frigiliana viewpoints
Frigiliana is renowned for its stunning viewpoints that offer panoramas of great beauty. Among the most famous is the viewpoint in Callejón del Peñón, which provides a unique view of the white-washed houses of the town clinging to the mountainside. Another notable viewpoint is located on Calle Santo Cristo, offering a unique perspective of Frigiliana’s rooftops and the surrounding landscape. However, for an even more spectacular view, head to the ruins of Castillo de Lizar. This historic site is not only worth exploring for its heritage but also rewards you with one of the best views of the Malaga municipality. From here, you can admire the town in all its glory and capture memorable photos.
6. Three Cultures Square
Three Cultures Square is a historical and cultural gem in Frigiliana. This space is recognized for its significance in the interaction of three different cultures throughout Spain’s history: Muslim, Jewish, and Christian. In this emblematic place, you’ll find three sites of great importance:
First, the Church of San Antonio de Padua, originally a Muslim mosque before being converted into a Christian church. Its architecture and history capture the rich cultural diversity of the region. A few meters away is the Frigiliana Town Hall, a building that exhibits Andalusian architectural influence and is a testament to the town’s history as an important administrative center. Across from the Town Hall, you’ll see the Torreón, a defensive tower dating back to the Moorish era, adding a touch of mystery and historical charm to the square. Exploring Three Cutlures Square offers you the opportunity to delve into Frigiliana’s fascinating history and appreciate how different cultures coexisted and left their mark on this picturesque corner of Andalusia.
7. Santa Fiora Botanical Garden
The Santa Fiora Botanical Garden is a unique natural haven in Frigiliana that allows you to explore the rich botanical tradition of the town. This free park serves as a window into the plants that have been essential to the lives of the region’s inhabitants throughout history. Many of these plants have been used both in local cuisine and for medicinal purposes. Strolling through the garden’s paths will lead you through a diverse collection of native and exotic plants, each with its own history and utility. You can learn about the herbs and spices that have enriched local cuisine for generations, as well as the plants that have been used in traditional medicine. In addition to its educational value, the Santa Fiora Botanical Garden is a tranquil and relaxing place where you can connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of the local flora. It is a perfect destination for those interested in botany and agricultural culture.