In the beauty pageant of Spanish villages, Frigiliana, 7km north of Nerja, has won plenty of awards – and no wonder. With its multicultural history, handsome, well-looked-after civic buildings and pretty, whitewashed houses kept impeccably clean by a proud populace, it’s far from an ugly duckling.
But, like all beauty, the prettiness here comes with a price: you won’t have the place to yourself. Coaches pull up daily and disgorge their cargo into the sinuous streets adorned with pots of blood-red geraniums.
Like most small Andalucian towns, Frigiliana is split into two parts: old and new. The steeply banked old town is scattered with pictorial signage directing you from castle to church to fountain. However, the real exhibit is the town itself. Wander around. Get lost. Find yourself.