Directions to Frigiliana Heights, Callejon de Agua
From Granada Airport
From Granada Airport take the A92 towards GRANADA, to pick up the N-432 towards MOTRIL/ALMERIA/GRANADA, to join the A-44.
DON’T take the exits for Granada, continue down the Motorway A-44 (also signposted A-44 E-902 then A-44 N-323) KEEP ON THE A-44
Continue towards MALAGA and take the Malaga slip for the E-15 (you should now have the sea on your left) (from then on follow the instructions below FROM JUNCTION 292)
Coming from MALAGA Airport leave following the signs for the the N340 Malaga Centro (San Miguel Factory on your right),
go straight over the roundabout and GET IN THE LEFT LANE (of the 2 travelling west, not into the oncoming traffic!) over the bridge, the road turns 270o right and filters onto the N340.
After 2Km move to the right for the exit marked ALMERIA A7, CORDOBA, SEVILLA and GRANADA (E15, A7) take this exit and feed on to the (E15, A7) motorway towards MOTRIL/ALMERIA/GRANADA.
Follow the signs for MOTRIL/ALMERIA/GRANADA staying on the E15, A7 travelling east (with the sea to your right).
You need to travel around 60Km on this motorway as long as the exit numbers are increasing your heading in the right direction. Until Exit 292
FROM JUNCTION 292 of the E15
FROM JUNCTION 292 At Exit 292, signposted Nerja/Frigiliana take the Frigiliana road northbound, away from the coast.
At this point your about 10 minutes away, so please phone us so we can come to meet you.
Follow this road for approx 4Km, weaving up the hill ignoring any turnings, including the entrance to the new village at the roundabout (signposted Frigiliana Nuevo) so take the 3rd (the first on the right is tricky to see) and exit on the lower bypass road, around the village.
Carry straight on down the by-pass road to the “3 cultures roundabout” just after the Frigiliana Hotel. Turn left, (the road from the right drops down sharply from the right also there is a play park in front). Follow this road around the front of the village for 1Km, the park is on your right…. If you get to the school/gymnasium (the first building on your left) you’ve gone too far… turn around and the park is on your left.
Santa Fiora Botanical Garden
The reason for the development of these gardens was to gather plants that have been useful to the inhabitants of the village throughout the last few centuries, whether they be for food, curative uses, basket making, footwear, silk industry (which reached its peak in the Muslim era) or for paper or perfumes etc..
This a small sample of what the garden offers:
- Grass for weaving: this had multiple and ancestral uses, footwear, panniers for horses and moulds used in cheese making.
- Sugar cane: Used for honey but without the use of bees or sugar, hydraulic devices and waterfalls were used for its processing, today and inseparable part of our rural and urban landscape.
- Palm Heart: (the only indigenous palm on the peninsula) heavily used for basket making, ceretes (suitable packaging for dried figs, this arrived during the Muslim period and was exported to Egypt where they were appreciated and used the most)
- Olive Trees: Its olive and olive oil production has its obvious use however, it was also used to fill candiles, like candle holders, this was used for centuries, as well as its wood being used for making furniture etc..
- Indigenous medicinal plants: thyme, rosemary,oregano and rue, also known as “Herb of Grace”
The garden is adapted to the traditional topography of the land, totally integrated to its environment with hardly anything being artificial.
In time this garden will be enriched with new species and the actual plants will offer shade, flowers and fruits, so that both locals and visitors to Frigiliana can be witness to the benefits that these plants and trees have given us throughout history.
The botanical garden was inaugurated in 2010 and is accessed via avda. Carlos Cano, and more recently via two other entrances in the historic quarter, one by the Callejon del Agua and the other via La Huerta.
The gardens also boast a petanque court where both residents and visitors alike can practice and enjoy this sport.
Address: Av. Carlos Cano, 29788 Frigiliana, Málaga