The most interesting activity to do in Frigiliana is to wander through its streets from the Moorish times, which still keep the original structure and essence. There are only a few ruins remaining out of the Arab Castle upon the Sabina Hill, since this fortress was destroyed after the Battle of Frigiliana in 1569 to avoid new uprisings: some of its stones were employed to build the factory of the Manrique de Lara’s palace.
Among the main buildings in this town of the town is San Antonio de Padua Church, open at the end of the 17th century by the friar called Alonso de Santo Tomás, who was so powerful that he even presided over the Council of Castile during the Carlos II’s kingdom. This church’s interior stands out by its coffered ceiling, where the image of San Antonio de Padua and a rococo choir can be found. Some curious figures linked to the Holy Supper on the main altar must be highlighted. Likewise, the closed staircase leading to the church’ entry, guarded by an remarkable tower, should be noticed.
The famous Santo Cristo de la Caña chapel (17th century) is a modest building where the Ecce Homo is held.
San Antonio de Padua Church
The most singular element in the urban plan of the region is El Ingenio, a mixture of an industrial installation and a noble construction. At the beginning, it was the Manrique de Lara’s Palace (late 16th century) fitted with a beautiful stone façade, turned into the last cane honey factory in Europe. Manrique’s house had a chapel devoted to Virgen del Carmen (the alcove can be still seen nowadays). Two big chimneys stand out in the external side of the factory, whose front is decorated with appealing paintings. Another important urban element are the Reales pósitos (1767), employed to keep the grain. Its façade draws the attention of viewers because of the succession of pointed arches on the lowest level. The interesting archeological museum of the locality houses the Apero house (early 17th century), with little pieces from prehistoric times to the rebellion of Alpujarras.
We highly recommend you to visit the Old Fountain (18th century), built by Íñigo Manrique Lara to provide service to both the people and the animals there.
Finally, Santa Fiora Botanical Garden, recently opened, exhibits the most important plants in the history of Frigiliana: esparto grass, sugar cane, fan palm, olive tree and medicinal plants such rosemary, thyme, and oregano.