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December 2, 2018

Frigiliana is a typical ‘white town’ that can be found on a mountain ridge, overlooking the sea in the province of Malaga.  The town was voted the prettiest town in Andalucia by the Spanish tourist board.  It is split into two, the new and the old town.  The old consists of narrow cobbled lanes climbing the steep slopes that it is built on.  The whitewashed buildings, with their iron balconies, make it a fascinating place to explore.  I visited the town over two days, the first to explore and to get to know the place, the second to walk in the hills that surround it.  My little 125cc Chinese motorbike earned it keep, after 20 kms of motorway it then had to climb the steep hills to the town, which it did with remarkable ease, one of my better buys recently.



The inhabitants of the town have adapted the surrounds to their advantage, steep terraced gardens are used to grow avocados and pomegranates at the top of the town, while the lower lanes are filled with crafts people and artists.  I think I will return one day to photograph the town rather than continue my project based around trees.


 The new town has wide pavements with plentiful shade from a wide variety of trees.

 The town is planned to give a pleasant impression while still catering for many visitors.

 Orange trees add colour.

 Once above the town pomegranate trees are grown on small terraced patches of land.

 The town is surrounded by a spectacular natural park, which will be my next visit.


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