In my previous post I blogged about 5 places around the world that have my heart. One of the places featured in this post was Almuñécar, which is where I was last week. I re-visited Almuñécar for my first official holiday of the year, so instead of my usual trips, there was no pressure to tweet, Instagram or photograph everything I was getting up to. To be honest, it was liberating and I probably felt the most relaxed I have all year.
We spent our days relaxing by the pool, going for walks along the beach and taking little excursions to nearby towns in our hire car. One of the places we visited was the white-washed hillside town of Frigiliana, which was a 20 minute drive from our villa in Almuñécar. The idea to visit Frigiliana was actually a recommendation from my Mum who knows the area well and advised me it was ‘totally Instagrammable’ (she’s so down with the lingo it’s scary). So off we went to discover Frigiliana, armed with my camera and hungry for photo opportunities. Here’s a little round up of my day in Southern Spain’s most Instagrammable town.
We visited Frigiliana on a Thursday, which just so happened to be Market Day. Scott and I started our day by wandering through the market stalls and picking up a few souvenirs, including some hand-painted Spanish ceramics for our new kitchen. As far as market stalls go, I was really impressed. There was lots of stylish handmade products including leather bags and belts, wicker bags and a gorgeous selection of fedora hats.
After some shopping in the market we stopped off for a strawberry-cheesecake flavoured gelato before making the climb up into the Barribarto, Frigiliana’s historic centre.
The cobbled narrow streets of Barribarto are all white-washed and are incredibly photogenic, especially against a bright blue sky. With wooden doorways, coloured shutters and Moorish tiling, I was in an Instagrammer’s dream! We took a stroll through the streets which were lined with tiny independent shops, cafes, restaurants and apartments – the type you can imagine have been there for years and years.
I was in heaven snooping around the homeware shops. There were so many beautiful trinkets and decorative pieces that would have made perfect souvenirs. As we were travelling with hand luggage I had to restrain!
As well as the homeware and souvenir shops, there were so many charming restaurants and wine-bars within the old streets (ideal spots to just sit and watch the world go by). I can imagine they really come alive at night and wandering the streets at dusk would be incredibly romantic.
I absolutely fell in love with Frigiliana during the brief time that we were there and I can’t wait to return during my next trip to Almuñécar. Whilst the focus in Southern Spain is very much on the beaches and coastal resorts, Frigiliana will definitely reward those who choose to venture further inland. If you’re thinking of a trip to Southern Spain any time soon, be sure to add Frigiliana to your bucket list. It has to be one of Malaga’s best kept secrets.
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What do you think to Frigiliana? Have you visited yourself or does it remind you of somewhere similar? If you’ve enjoyed this post then please leave a comment in the box below! Jess x