Frigiliana, or Fragliana, as it is spelt on the tiles
in the village, nestles high in the Sierra Tejeda, about 7 km inland of
Nerja. An extremely photogenic cluster of whitewashed dwellings make up
this pretty, enticing village, which has commanding views of the
surrounding countryside. Once occupied by the local population, it is
now a flourishing expensive coastal overflow, with an ever increasing
population of foreign owners, although it has retained its charm as a
typical Spanish vilage.
During the Alpujarran rebellion of 1568 which extended throughout a large part of southern Andalucía, a fierce battle was fought in Frigiliana. Nearly 4,000 Moriscos (Arabs who had been baptised Christians) unsuccessfully defended the castle against almost equal numbers of Catholic infantry and cavalry. Afterwards the castle was torn down stone by stone. Events of the battle are depicted on ceramic plaques around the village.
Inevitably, the Church is at the hub of the village, dominating a small central square, with whitewashed alleyways forming a maze branching outwards and upwards.
The increase in tourism has seen a growth in the cafes and shops, and market day is extremely popular. The local agriculture is olive oil and dried figs, Moscatel wine and honey