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The Spanish tourism authority has voted Frigiliana the 'Prettiest Village in Andalucia' on many occasions.

Frigiliana is also very important from an historical viewpoint. El Fuerte, the hill that towers above the village, was the scene of the final defeat of the Moors of La Axarquía in the 1569 rebellion. The hill is topped by a ruined fort from which some of the Moors reputedly threw themselves off rather than be captured or killed by the Spanish.

The surrounding countryside is ideal to explore on foot, with the river valley showing fantastic views of the hillside scenery, and a beautiful waterfall cascading down the rocks during the winter season. Slightly further along the valley there is a seating area surrounded with trees, a flowing river and local wildlife.

The road from Nerja on the coast leads straight into the centre of the town, the picture below shows the view from the coast road into Frigiliana, and there are many parking spaces all the way up to the village. There is a large children's play park and a street map displaying some of the more interesting details around the village.

An excursion into the surrounding mountain areas would deliver views like the one shown above right, the Rio Chillar (River Chillar).

Steeped in history with archaeological finds dating back to 3000BC, Frigiliana has been inhabited by very diverse civilisations including the Romans, Phoenicians and Arabs. The Arab occupation has left a strong impact on the village with much of the original Moorish architecture still apparent today.

During the 16th Century there were profuse battles between the Moors and Christians in Andalucia, which culminated with the final expulsion of the Arabs with the battle of the Rock of Frigiliana in 1569. This historical rebellion between the local Moriscos (Moor like) in the village and surrounding area, and a Christian army led from Nerja was a particularly violent battle that is commemorated today. There are twelve ceramic plaques posted on the corners of streets to be found within the village that commemorate the battles.

The Moorish influence is apparent throughout the town, and best enjoyed walking through the narrow cobbled streets leading to the Mudejar district, one of the best-preserved areas of Moorish architectures in Andalucia.

The Church of Saint Anthony of Padua was erected in the 17th Century by Don Bernardo de Godoy, and was restored in 1976. Built in the Renaissance style, many of the original frescos can still be seen throughout the church, and the church still contains three 17th century paintings. The plaque outside the entrance explains the full story of the construction. The picture below shows the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua.

Frigiliana is a clean and prosperous village whose livelihood is based largely on local agriculture and crafts. Olive oil is pressed and sold there, as well as muscatel wine, dried figs, molasses and honey. Village life is easy going yet well catered for with a local baker, fishmonger, pharmacy, butcher, tobacconist, and wine-merchant and several small general grocers and craft shops. The villagers are kind and very friendly. The local bank has an ATM machine to cater for any monetary matters.

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