Frigiliana is one of Andalucía's most distinctive tourist destinations, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Now it has been recognised by the regional ministry for Tourism as an official Tourist Municipality. Home to under 5,000 residents, Frigiliana is the smallest place to receive this acknowledgement so far.
The president of the Andalusian government, Susana Díaz, paid an official visit to the village on Thursday to support this move, which will be made official before the end of the year. After greeting residents of Frigiliana, the president confessed that she herself was a regular visitor to the area.
The title, which has previously been conferred on Nerja, Benalmádena, Fuengirola and Torremolinos, is thought to bring employment and investment to an area.
Díaz announced that the Junta is forecasting a "good year for tourism in Andalucía" and that the Tourism ministry projects a 3.2% increase in visitors to the region this summer. She also mentioned that authorities are working towards improving employment for those aged 45 and above.
Díaz also paid a visit to neighbouring Algarrobo, where she was received by the mayor, Alberto Pérez, and looked around the new youth centre. The multipurpose space is due to open next Saturday.