Since 2006 the Three Cultures Festival has been the highlight of Frigiliana’s year and takes place at the end of August. The old part of this pretty whitewashed village is acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Moorish towns in Spain. Before Frigiliana became the bloody scene in 1569 of one of the last stands of the Moors in the region the area was a relatively harmonious mix of Moors, Jews and Christians . The ‘Festival Frigiliana Tres Culturas’ brings together the influences of these three cultures with a festival of food, music, art and street entertainment.

The most popular event at the festival is the tapas route. In fact there are two routes, one with a Moorish theme and the other with a Mudejar influence. Any visitor who completes a tapas route will be awarded a T-Shirt recognising their achievement. The streets are thronged with people moving from bar to bar, music is everywhere and the area around the 16th century palace has street theatre which could have come straight from a medieval scene in a movie. Get your tapas route map in the main information tent in the market area next to the bank.

There is also a huge craft fair with artisans creating traditional items such as leather goods, candles and jewellery, and others using wood, glass or clay to create wonderful products. Every day of the festival features different street entertainment, live music, workshops and conferences and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8.30pm in the Plaza de las 3 Culturas there are live birds of prey.

There is a special shuttle bus service between Nerja and Frigiliana during the festival, in operation from 6pm until 2am each day, leaving from the bus station in Nerja every 30 or 40 minutes.

Tonights Entertainment (Thursday 23rd)

7pm Opening of the Street entertainment (C/Real and Market area)
8pm Kids Show (Market and 3 Cultures square)
8.15pm Theatrical animation (C/ San Sebastián and Market) “ El Mole, circuncidor sefardi”
9pm Street Entertainers 2nd showing “La guarnición Militar de la Taha de Frigiliana”
9.15pm Kids Show (Market and El Ingenio area)
9.30pm Character animation 2nd showing “El Mohel, circuncidor sefardi”
10pm Light show in the church square.
10.30pm Fire Show (Market area): Dancing, fire eating and pyrotechnics.
11.30pm Iberica de Danza (music) in Plaza de las 3 Culturas

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