Size: 32.28 Km?
Population: 542
Residents known as: Sedellanos
Monuments: Church of San Andr?s, Casa Torre?n, Shrine to the Virgen de la Esperanza
Geographical situation: In the northeast of the Axarqu?a, 60 kilometres from Malaga and 25 from V?lez, at 689 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, C/Andaluc?a, 11. 29715.
Phone: 952 508 839 Fax: 952 508 838.

Sedella is one of the 31 towns and villages that make up the Ruta Mud?jar, in the Axarqu?a. It borders with the municipalities of Alhama de Granada, Canillas de Albaida, Salares, Arenas and Canillas de Aceituno, to the north, northeast, east, south and west, respectively. To reach the village, one takes the autov?a to V?lez and turn off there for Sedella, passing through Arenas and ?rchez, or one can also take the smaller roads that run more or less parallel to the main road, these having recently been improved. As is the case of many towns in Andaluc?a, many of the old houses in the village have been knocked down to build new ones, but in many cases too the original Mudejar design has been preserved. Sedella is a typical Moorish town, filled with examples of Mudejar architecture, with narrow and winding streets that carry the stamp of the Moorish village. Its altitude provides wonderful views over the beautiful countryside around the village, and from here one can see the Sierra Tejeda Mountains, the Mountains of Bentomiz and one clear days, the Atlas Mountains across the Mediaterranean. It is a peaceful place, far from the hustle and bustle of the cities and bigger towns, and ideal for a weekend rest. The history of Sedella goes back to pre-historic times, and although no big archaeological finds have been made, there is sufficient evidence to show that people have lived here from time immemorial. Among the objects found in the area are flint axes and other hunting tools. Romans and Carthaginians settled here too, as we can see from coins and ceramic pieces discovered in the area. As for the origin of the town?s name, it comes from the Latin "sedilia", which means "emplacement or rural possession." There have been other names: the oldest documentary evidence we have is "Villa del Castillo", and variations on the Roman name include "Sedille", dating from the 7th century. This name appears on a map of the diocese ordered to be made by the Visigoth king Wamba. Later, the Malaga bishop Teodulpo refers to the town in an Episcopal address as "Sedilla". And following the Christian conquest in 1487, the place was called "Xedalia". But the final word on the town?s name comes from Queen Isabal herself, during the re-conquest. There was, apparently, a fierce battle between Moors and Christians in the area known as the Arroyo de la Matanza. When informed of the battle, the queen replied: "S? de ella" (I know about it).

Restaurante-Bar El Chiringuito. Specialising in home cooking, with menu of the day. C/Villa del Castillo, 24. Tel: 952 508 851.
Restaurante Casa Pint?. Specialising in home cooking. Swimming pool. Carretera Canillas-Sedella Km 17,5. Tel: 952 508 877.
Restaurante Lorena. Specialising in home cooking. C/Villa del Castillo, 20. Tel: 952 508 850.
Bar Plaza. Specialising in varied tapas. Plaza de la Constituci?n, 2. Tel 952 508 818.

Hostal-Restaurante Casa Pint?. Carretera Canillas-Sedella Km 17,5. Tel: 952 508 877.
Casa rural "Marrillo". Cno. Fuente Gallego, s/n. 29715. Sedella. Tel: 952 232 489. On the Internet
Casa Oasis. Tres Caminos. 29715. Sedella. Tel: 952 508 851, 952 508 807.


The most popular festival in Sedella is the Festival of San Ant?n, the patron saint of the animals, whose feast-day falls on January 17th., although the festival is celebrated on the Saturday nearest to this date. It begins with mass, and following the blessing of the horses, the procession begins. Until quite recently, the pig of San Ant?n was brought through the streets in procession. The Day of Nuestra Se?ora de la Esperanza takes place during the first fortnight in August. Another important festive date in Sedella is Corpus Christi, and as in all of Andaluc?a, Holy Week is a festival that draws crowds from far and near. While the older people are at mass on Easter Sunday, the young people gather all the animals and plants they find on their way into the square.

The gastronomy of the area is most game, with popular local dishes including kid in garlic and in wine, and other dishes based on game. Local herbs are used extensively in stews and casseroles. Some of the dishes, like the special Holy Week stew, are cooked on specific occasions, and cod is a popular fish dish. Local wines, available in the local shops and bars, are always taken with meals here. The excellent pastries made in Sedella reflect its Moorish past, and although available all the year around, they are especially popular at festival times.

 
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