Address: Frigiliana Pueblo, Nerja, 29788, Spain

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This is one of the best kept traditional white-washed villages in Spain.

Just 10 minutes inland you'll find the 'real Spain' in the beautifully-maintained village of Frigiliana. It has won awards for being Andalucia's best preserved village and, thanks to a former mayor, has never been allowed to grow (upwards at least).

Today, it's a charming white village full of cobbled and mosaic streets, mostly pedestrianised, with a variety of ancient buildings going back to the days of the Moors. Another ancient mill, the El Ingenio, has been going since the 16th century, and still produces molasses. At the Casa de la Cultura, a restored 17th-century palace, you'll find a library and interesting museum of prehistoric artefacts and Iberian ceramics. But for me, the best option is to simply meander around, doing nothing in particular except exploring this stunning village which clings to the mountainside.

Value for money

Expert tips

Walk out of the village into the nearby natural park.

Come up early-ish before the crowds in summer, or in the evenings.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History