Many Londoners love to be cozy in the cold and dark days of November, but many of us would much rather sit in a warm place under the sun.
Not too far away in sunny Spain is a destination that is perfect for curing the winter blouse.
A beautiful village in the southern region is set to have temperatures of 25 degrees this month, according to the Met Office.
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Frigiliana is affectionately referred to as Andalusia’s ‘hidden gem’, perched on the mountainside of the popular Costa del Sol.
With its picturesque landscape and tranquil atmosphere, it can be a great last minute holiday in November.
The village is unspoilt on the edge of the wonderful mountain range.
Filled with the classically beautiful whitewashed buildings with lively doors along cobbled streets, it is not surprising to hear that Frigiliana was even named the “most beautiful village in Andalusia” by the Spanish Tourist Board.
There is plenty to explore around the village and you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of both the countryside and the coast from several impressive sites.
Hike up the ruins of the incredible 16C Castle of Izar. While there is very little left of the Moorish castle, you will reach a great place to look out over the white painted Frigiliana and over the Mediterranean.
Just be careful to avoid the wild asses on the way up!
The village is also perfectly located as a base for exploring the Sierra de Tejada Almijara mountain range.
On the hike from Frigiliana you can reach the wonderful waters of the Rio Higueron. It is best to research the many hiking trails before heading out, as some sections are impassable without proper equipment due to narrow gorges.
For those who want an easier walk, you can spend hours strolling around the narrow streets, nooks and crannies over the beautiful, flower-filled village and get a glimpse of the surroundings outside.
Unlike many of the tourist sites on the Costa del Sol, typical souvenirs are exchanged here for handcrafted and handmade unique items. You can even see the beautiful works of art created by the bohemian area.
Around the old part of the village there are also 12 lovely ceramic plates. You can follow these on a charming walk to learn all about the Moorish uprising and the fighting in the area.
The main feature of Frigiliana is simple: it is perfectly beautiful and peaceful.
For those wishing to party, it’s just a short journey across to Málaga’s bustling nightlife.
Frigiliana is also just over three miles from the lovely town of Nerja, which is home to popular attractions, beautiful beaches and coastal views.
Like all perfect vacations you will be looking for delicious food during your trip.
For a real Spanish delicacy, head to Las Chinas.
They were rated 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor and were awarded the Traveller’s Choice stamp this year.
Reviews say it’s ‘excellent’, ‘delicious’, and one diner even said, ‘We loved it so much we kept going back!’
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How to get there
You can fly from Gatwick to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport in just over two and a half hours.
There are also regular flights from other London airports so it’s worth checking out for the best for you.
It’s never too late in the year for a vacation and Frigiliana can be your perfect destination.
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