Town Walk, October 2016. A visit to the south of Spain invariably conjures up daydreams of blue skies, golden sands, rolling waves and mouth-watering bowls of tapas; accompanied perhaps by a blood-red glass of Tinto (wine) or a cheeky caña (little beer). Equally, balmy images of pristine whitewashed villages also reign supreme. And while there’s plenty of these communities to choose from; you’d be hard pushed to find a place whiter, or indeed more washed than the gorgeous little village of Frigiliana. Located on the side of a mountain seven kilometers north of the town of Nerja, you can take the bus from the town centre. But if you happen to visit on a Sunday, as I did, you’ll need to stump up twelve Euros for a taxi. In any case it’s totally worth it, especially when you catch that first glimpse of the town through the trees.
Town Walk, October 2016. An atmospheric maze of cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and steep roads, the surrounding countryside is mightily impressive, especially on the day of our visit where the mountainous sky intermittently transformed from deep brooding grey into sudden bursts of blue-white. At such moments you can catch the slanting beams of light flickering across the Moorish buildings with their hanging flowerpots, thick wooden doors and orange-tiled rooftops.
Town Walk, October 2016. You can’t miss Frigiliana’s towering church, San Antonio de Padua. Built in the late 17th century, it sits overlooking a picturesque little plaza soundtracked by the gentle clinking of knives and forks from its collection of cafes. As the patron saint of travelers, fishermen and sailors, this is the Christian community’s focal point and a look inside reveals painted arches, an ornate gold-plated altar and an unusual statue of Christ and his posse.
Town Walk, October 2016. This little alleyway is a corker and you can see its thick canvas of pink flowers all the way from the balcony restaurants on the other side of town. If you head down the alley and under the greenery, there’s a terrace restaurant tucked away in a quiet corner, with fine views over the rooftops.