frigiliana : pueblo blanco : andalusia

frigiliana : pueblo blanco : andalusia

The small white village of Frigiliana – one of the famous pueblo blancos – is in the Axarquia region of the Costa del Sol, and regularly features in lists of Spain’s most beautiful villages.

This pueblo blanco is distinctively Moorish in appearance, with the old quarter made up of narrow, winding, cobblestone streets full of small shops, tapas bars and restaurants well worth exploring. The village is actually divided into two neighbourhoods, with the upper quarter – the Barrio Alto – being where you will find the winding maze of cobbled streets filled with Mudéjar and Moorish architecture. Mudéjar is an architectural style produced by Christians but with heavy Islamic influence, and it is evident around every corner.

This upper part of town is really only accessible on foot, so trainers – or very comfy footwear – is much recommended. Your feet won’t thank your strappy holiday sandals if your wear them to explore. Allow for at least several hours to visit, because although it is small, there is endless history, a labyrinth of white washed streets and unique places to discover throughout the town. And you will keep stopping to photograph the beautiful Andalusian house and shop facades, decorated with ceramic pots and tumbling flowers in bright colours which pop against the white-wash. Arriving by car is easy, because Frigiliana is well sign-posted and the roads to the village are very accessible. There is a large underground car park at the foot of the village, so you will need to do a climb to get to the top.

We have visited Frigiliana out of season – either April or October/November and these are perfect times of year. Temperatures are warm, but bearable and the village is so much less crowded that it would be in the height of summer. Meaning that at certain times, you can find yourself complete alone and able to drink everything in, with out anyone else around you. Perfect.

Of course, Frigiliana isn’t the only pueblo blanco in Andalusia, and this article gives some good guidance to others. We haven’t even scratched the surface of these beautiful white villages, but have every intention of getting to know them a whole lot better.

 

Cómpeta : andalusia : spain

Cómpeta : andalusia : spain

Although much larger than Frigiliana, and perhaps not quite as immediately pretty, Cómpeta is another of Andalusia’s white-washed towns – the famous pueblo blancos. In the Axarquía  (meaning ‘East’ in Arabic) region, with beautiful traditional architecture and ancient customs, Cómpeta is known as the Cornice of the Costa del Sol, because of its location.

Competa doesn’t have a large modern shopping centre. on its outskirts – instead, it offers wonderful boutique shops. Wander the pretty tiled streets, and you will find art galleries, shops selling hand-made soaps, rugs, pottery, honey and olive oil. There are also many multi craft shops selling traditional Spanish wares. You will also find a good range of small supermarkets, fishmongers and grocers. Saturday is the day for the Competa Market on Avenida de la Constitucion, from 10am to 2pm. Here you can buy clothing, crafts, spices, pottery, fruit and much more. It’s colourful and vibrant and extremely popular. Although our visit was very short, it was noticeable that the town has many bars and restaurants. Judging by the menus we looked at, each restaurant offers a unique variety and and a wide selection, and it was great to see that vegan, GF and vegetarian diners are all well catered for, too.

So, another one on our list of places we must return to…