Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Frigiliana






We nearly didn’t go to Frigiliana.  This white-washed village is one of the prettiest in Spain so we thought it would be packed with tourists.  We arrived early, parked easily and had coffee before exploring the steep, cobbled streets.  There were just a few local people about and very few tourist trash shops.  We climbed higher and higher, stopping every few minutes to take another photo of a pretty door or balcony.  We arrived at the top of the village and I spotted an enticing doorway of a restaurant that led through to a terrace overlooking the valley.

“It’s too early for lunch.”
“We could have a beer, I’m very thirsty after that climb,” I said plaintively.
“It’s too early for beer.”
“It looks very nice inside.”
“No, we can go back down into the village and find somewhere later.”

So we climbed back down to the lower terrace of Frigiliana where we were confronted by tour groups that had just arrived by coach and were massing around the restaurants.  

The climb back to the restaurant was hard work (I was very well behaved and didn’t complain once) but we were rewarded by fantastic seats on the terrace overlooking the roof tops of Frigliana and across the valley.  Lunch was delightful (I probably had too much wine), only two other couples joined us on the terrace and we had the undivided attention of the waiter.  The tour groups clearly didn’t want to make the steep ascent to the top of the village.

my restaurant El Adarve









I don't feel homesick today.

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    1. I really enjoyed our day here, it was pretty without being overly quaint.

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  2. We visited here about forty years ago, and it doesn't look as though it's changed too much. It's a lovely place to visit, and the climb back to the restaurant looks as though it was well worth the effort !

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    1. Would loved to have seen behind the closed doors.

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  3. Beautiful!
    And the two lovely ladies probably do those steps every day to go to the market.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. Carrying their heavy shopping bags too.

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  4. It's so much like places we've been to in Southern Spain. Best time of year to go I imagine. We're normally August.

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    1. Not too many people about and not too hot right now.

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  5. I wondered what was in store when I saw the heading in my blog list, I not being familiar with this as a place name. However it all looks very nice and tasteful. I would not have been able to do that walk twice but I am sure it was worth it. Will you pop down to Malaga while you are there?

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    1. Not if I can help it!

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    2. I saw some wonderful pictures of old Malaga on another blog. Crumbling town houses and former glory.

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  6. So beautiful. Like Maria i also thought about the 2 ladies climbing every day all the way home.

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    1. They must be very fit, it was hard work climbing those steps.

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  7. What a lovely discovery that restaurant was and may I say how stylish you look in the second picture down. It must have been taken before the wine!

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    1. Thank you Mr Pudding, yes it was before the wine.

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  8. On our travels we have often found the elderly residents put us to shame as we huff and puff up the steep streets of the village. Looks lovely.

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    1. It was a beautiful place to visit, I imagine it gets very crowded in the high season.

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  9. It all looks beautiful. The Wisteria seems to be about two weeks ahead of here. 2 C here this morning, probably best to stay there for a while.

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    1. You should try eastern England at the moment - bitterly cold.

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