In the easternmost district of the Axarquía region of Málaga province can be found Frigiliana, a white village of 3,000 people.
300 metres above sea level and benefitting from a subtropical microclimate, looms its much awarded and praised historic quarter, a living memorial to the Morisco past, where its narrow, steep and winding streets, passageways, and alleys combine to form a distinctive framework of small houses, piled one upon another.
This ancient quarter has been described by many as the purest example of Arab vernacular architecture to be found in the whole of the province of Málaga, and ioutstanding among the acts of official recognition was the award in 1982 of first prize in the national competition to find the most beautiful village in Spain.
Frigiliana offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of the visitor, including a variety of hotels, holiday apartments and rural villas, as well as a large number of restaurants which offer the opportunity to enoy local, national and international cuisine.
Typical local dishes include kid in almond sauce, soups and stews made from fresh. local vegetables,(oustanding among which is the salt cod dish traditionally served during Holy Week),, migas, which is a cross between breadcrumbs and fried bread, apart from dishes making use of local olive oils, moscatel grapes, and most famously, miel de caña, molasses made from the locally-grown sugar cane. and many others.
Various indigenous, artesanal crafts survive in Frigiliana, and beautiful objects made from esparto grass, gourds, beeswax, glass, clay, wood and wool are readily available in the shops of the old quarter.