Photographer's Note

This is one of many photos I took in Frigiliana, Spain. We observed a bunch of old men having animated discussions in Spanish and wondered what it must have been like to spend ones life in this beautiful town. We thought it was a great place to spend your life.

"The village of Frigiliana, and particularly the historic part is a village of unparalleled beauty. The architecture recalls the pure Moorish style while respecting changes through the centuries.

Thankfully, the people who live here enjoy showing their love for the town by their actions. They can be seen constantly white-washing their houses and cleaning their corners of the cobblestone streets and passageways, keeping them spotless in the same way as has been the custom for centuries. In the spring, the courtyards and patios and terraces are overflowing with flowers, which turn a stroll through town into a sweet-smelling dream.

Everything they have done has earned the town well-deserved awards and honors making Frigiliana the most honored town in Axarquia. The town received regional awards for beautification in 1961 and again in 1967. Then in 1982 Frigiliana earned its most cherished prize 1st place for beautification in all of Spain, given out by the tourism and communications ministries. Instead of resting on their laurels the towns leaders continued on and received 1st place in Andalucia in 1988 for beautification. All these distinctions only serve as objective reminders that Frigiliana, day in and day out stands alone in terms of beauty and charm. These awards also help serve to remind visitors to the Axarquia the necessity of including Frigiliana in their itineraries.

The first time you visit you will be overwhelmed and surprised at how beautiful and sparkling clean a village can be. To follow one of the many narrow passageways is to run the risk of succumbing to the enchantment of the streets. The hospitality of the people here is infectious and you would not be the first foreigner to fall in love and decide to make Frigiliana your home." from

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