The winding streets are speckled with small craft shops dedicated to straw, clay, crystal, and wool products, along with bars where you can cool off from the summer heat. In some of the shops you can pay in Axarcos, the local currency of the region. But, if you do not have any, there is no problem they also accept euros. The gastronomic star of Frigiliana is their sugar cane syrup: the old mill of Nuestra Señora del Carmen takes up a good part of the town. It is the only sugar cane syrup factory in all of Europe and it is sold in every corner of the township, and practically, the province.
The syrup is followed by the mango, that grows in the town surroundings and they have been adapted into the local cuisine in many ways, from liquor to jam, like the ones made by Maria Dolores Rodriguez under the name of Esencia de Frigiliana. They also stand out for baked their sweet potato in sugarcane syrup and their chutney made with medlar (known as nisperos in Spanish) and spices. For great varieties try, Chocolates Artesanos Frigiliana with chili, salt, sugar cane syrup, olive oil, stevia, and banana…
Their cacao minimum is 70 percent and their shop is on Calle Real Puedes, also, you will learn a lot about the cultivation of cacao and the process of making chocolate. Next to it you will find Faes, a small local shop where they sell the best cheesecakes of the town, along with teas and frozen coffee that delights many of the foreigners whose skin turns bright red with the first rays of sun.
Sugar cane chocolate © Nacho Sánchez