Nestled at the foot of a national park and a few kilometers from Nerja and the Mediterranean stands Frigiliana, the only town in the province of Málaga that is considered one of the most beautiful in Spain. Lets dive into its small streets and enjoy its gastronomy, discover its handcrafts, visit unique spaces, and possibly, stay there for good. We invite you to join us.

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Frigiliana, Malaga © Nacho Sánchez

Charo y Javier wanted to abandon the working life and stress of Madrid. They were exhausted and they knew that there were other viable options. She is from Seville and he, is half Swiss and half Spanish. They ended up in Frigiliana: she had come across the town during a trip with her friends and could see herself living there. Today, they are the masterminds behind one of the best craft beers in Andalucía, La Axarca, with a mango aroma that adds to the amazing taste. They offer it in bottles and straight from the tap in their shop: La Domadora y el león, an old garage that has been converted into a holy beer ground.

In addition to their own brew, they serve some of the best craft beers in Málaga and more than 200 national beers, along with some international ones, as they have also become distributors. It’s a great place to discover other breweries like Destraperlo, Dos Mares, Bonvivant or Black Soul. They have recently put out an incredible beer marmalade that is perfect alongside a piece of goat cheese from Málaga. They are in love with Frigiliana because of its wetaher, its charming streets, its proximity to the beach (just 6 kilometers from Frigiliana to Nerja), its location at the foot of the mountains, and its history. The same reasons that will make you want to stay and live here as you pass through this amazing town in the region of Axarquía, Málaga. The only one in the province that is included in Spain’s list of most beautiful villages.

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La Axarca, Frigiliana © Nacho Sánchez

Frigiliana is a small United Nations: one third of its three thousand inhabitants are foreigners made up of twenty different nationalities. One example of this is the churrero (a person who sells churros) of the town, Alexis, is cuban (it’s a total treat to see him create and sell his excellent churros that are popular even in the summer).  The rich culture adds a certain cosmopolitan feel to the village and you can feel it while you order a couple beers at La Axarca: where a majority of its clients are foreigners.

It’s even more noticeable when you pass through the small streets and you hear more English and German than Spanish. Walking through the village is a delight. Everything seems new, as if the village was just constructed yesterday: the streets are spotless, the houses have fresh coats of white paint and thousands of colored flowerpots in every corner. It seems as if all the neighbors coordinated so that their doors and shutters are painted a different tone of green and blue, which produces a gorgeous contrast against the white facades.

If you decide to keep exploring, you will find hidden corners, small corridors, slopes taken from past centuries and surprises among the streets that seem impossible to walk through, you will also encounter symbols with Christian, Arab and Jewish origins, all part of the essence of Frigiliana.