Widely considered one of the prettiest villages in the La Axarquía region of Andalucía, Spain, Frigiliana prides itself on its wines, artists, honey, and picturesque perfection. This historical village, sitting high on a mountain ridge overlooking the Mediterranean, is distinctively Moorish, with a labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets lined with whitewashed houses. Brilliant red geraniums abound on window ledges, balconies, and on the streets — all adding to the charm and character of this Pueblo Blanco village in southern Spain.
Frigiliana really is a one-of-a-kind place, with a very special ambiance. The beauty of the area and the hospitality of the people have attracted artists, musicians, and craftspeople from all over Europe to relocate and make it their home. The mix of cultures adds to the charm and bohemian atmosphere of this beguiling Spanish village. While wandering around the pretty cobbled streets, one can find artisan shops selling local crafts and samples of the potent local wines.
The Gastronomy of Frigiliana
With a traditional cuisine informed by its proud Moorish past, Frigiliana is a favorite enclave for those seeking a travel adventure in which all five senses are heightened and enlightened. Local culinary specialties include fried kid (baby goat) in almond or garlic sauce, salted cod cakes and cabbage broth, delicious local olive oils, and sweet potatoes with cane sugar.
And of course, the muscatel wines of Frigiliana must not be forgotten! Málaga wines are now making their mark on the world stage, as both an aperitif or as a dessert wine, riding the crest of recent popularity for sweet wines. Frigiliana is one of the main wine-producing villages in Málaga, where many red and white grape varieties grown. Dessert wines are made from the Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel grapes.
Your Personal Winery Tour of Frigiliana
After a pleasant village tour, take a drive you to Bodegas Bentomiz, a winery perched in the Axarquía, and maker of the Ariyanas line of wines. Here 80-to-100-year-old vines that flourish in the slate soils that are blessed by the good winter rains and long dry summers of Andalucia are cultivated. The range of fresh, delicate wines produced by the bodega — white, red, rose, dry, and sweet — will delight wine aficionados of all tastes and persuasions.
Chef and bodega owner Juan Quintanilla will prepare a sumptuous lunch crafted to match the Ariyanas Wines, served in a beautiful setting with fabulous views of the valley and the Mediterranean Sea. After your delicious lunch, sit back relax and take in the sights.