The municipality of Sedella hangs on the southern slope of Sierra de Tejeda, to the east of the province of Málaga and to the northeast of La Axarquía region, with a rather rugged but very beautiful relief.
Much of the municipality of Sedella is a protected area within the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park.
Sedella has an extension of 32 km2 and, being on the border of the province of Málaga with that of Granada, it borders with municipalities from both provinces. Within the province of Málaga it limits to the east with Salares, to the south with Arenas and to the west with Canillas de Aceituno, while in the province of Granada it limits to the north with the municipality of Alhama de Granada.
The territory of Sedella presents its highest point in the Salto del Caballo (Horse's Fall) (1,890 m), a little further south the Cerro de Cuascuadra (Cuascuadra Hill) (1,570 m) and El Fuerte (1,490 m) rise and already in the southern area of its municipality, after descending through a succession of rocks and groves, the levels are much more restrained and in the form of hills dotted with farmhouses.
In the Sedella relief a large number of fountains are born, giving rise to fruit and vegetable crops in terraced orchards almost hanging on the walls of the ravines. The streams that bathe its lands are: the Fuente River or Sedella River, which is formed after the union of two streams of about two kilometers in length each, the Matanzas Stream, which joins the previous one and owes its name to the enormously bloody battle that Moors and Christians fought in its surroundings, and the Rubite River, to the south of the municipality and serving as a limit with the municipality of Arenas. Further west, the Granados Stream is born and joins the Rubite River at the southernmost point of the municipality.
The orography of Sedella gives rise to a Mediterranean scrub landscape, with Aleppo pine groves and an abundance of rosemary, matallion, juniper and gorse, while in the higher areas yew, maple and majolet hawthorn become more common. Through its skies you will be able to see birds such as the common vulture, goshawk, golden eagle and peregrine falcon, as well as its mountains are traveled by wild cats and wild goats.
Sedella town is located at an altitude above sea level of 690 m and includes other population centers such as Rubite, Los Valverdes and Castillo de la Luna.
The municipality of Sedella is part of the Mudejar Art Route of La Axarquía region.
The first settlers of Sedella lands were possibly the Romans as evidenced by numerous coins of this time found in its surroundings. In this way, its name is probable, given the age of its settlement, that it comes from the Latin term "Sedilia" which means rural location or possessions.
The Arab domination was the one that really left its mark on the municipality, with signs of its passage as the fortress of "Xedalia", as Sedella was then known. Its surrender to the Christian armies occurred in 1487, after the capture of Vélez-Málaga.
Sedella was also known as "Villa Castillo", because of the fortress that was close to the current town. This town was granted by the Catholic Monarchs to Diego Fernández de Córdoba, who was later changed from the hands of Doña Juana (Juana la Loca) by Comares town in 1512. There is a document from 1514 that explains the limits of each of these populations.
Sedella was one of the first municipalities to join the Moorish rebellion of 1569 and it was on the slopes of the Matanzas Stream bed that one of the bloodiest battles between Moors and Christians was fought, until the final defeat of the Moors in the Peñón de Frigiliana (Rock from Frigiliana). After this defeat and the expulsion decree issued by Philip II in 1571, the Sedella lands were repopulated by families from Carmona and La Mancha.
The damages produced in Sedella by the earthquake of 1884, although without victims, were considerable as in most of the towns of La Axarquía area.
The current Sedella economy is starting a path in rural tourism and interior tourism, as well as in the gastronomic field with the opening of restaurants serving typical dishes. However, what undoubtedly makes the municipality of Sedella attractive are the various places it contemplates in Sierra de Tejeda and very close to La Maroma.
Sedella town is a redoubt of the Muslim culture, impregnated with Mudejar art and beautiful natural landscapes with fresh waters that come down from the mountains. Its altitude provides panoramic views from where you can see Sierra de Tejeda, Montes de Bentomiz (Bentomiz Mountains), and even, on clear days, the African Atlas Mountains. The luminosity and whiteness of its houses, the layout of its streets and the absence of noise, make it a privileged and attractive enclave.
The most unique building of Sedella's cultural heritage is the Torreón House, former residence of the Lord Mayor, in the time of the Catholic Monarchs. The house retains a square Mudejar-style tower, open with arches on Renaissance columns and decorated with sgraffitoes of Moorish aesthetics. The interior is covered with hipped armor and triangle braces.
The Parish Church of Saint Andrew is located in the highest part of Sedella town. It highlights the square tower with two bodies with an octagonal roof finish, from the 16th century. Inside it houses sculptures from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as a 17th century custody.
The Hermitage of the Virgin of Hope dates from the 17th century and is located on the outskirts of the town, forming part of the remains of the Sedella Moorish castle. Inside it houses the images of Our Lady of Hope and of Saint Anthony, patrons of Sedella.
The Public Laundry located at the entrance of the town shows the importance that Sedella had in another era.
Before visiting or making a trail through the protected area of the municipality of Sedella, you may find it interesting to attend the Sedella Visitor Centre, located in Sedella town. It is a place where you can find out about the values of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park, and the role that this protected space plays within the Andalusian Natural Spaces Network. You will find an information and promotion area for the natural park and a reception area, as well as the store where you will have the opportunity to purchase a product related to traditional and artisan manufacturing in this area of La Axarquía.
In the centre there is another area dedicated to providing information on the Natural Spaces Network with a digital point, along with a small space for the entertainment of the little ones.
The centre also has an interactive model and a bay window, which will allow you to learn some details about the living things in the natural park on a journey through the different landscapes, from the lowlands to the rugged peaks permanently windswept.
On the other hand, the centre's audiovisual room projects a small documentary about the nature of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park, which complements the information provided on the colonization of this territory and which highlights the most relevant historical moments whose traces remain latent thanks to its rich historical and cultural heritage.
All the exhibition space in the center is adapted for people with motor and sensory difficulties.
Once you know everything you can visit appreciating every detail of the natural environment of Sedella, it will be time for you to witness first-hand all the natural characteristics of the municipality of Sedella and its surroundings. The best way to get to know the entire natural environment of Sedella is through one of the hiking routes that cover different parts of the municipality.
One of these routes is El Fuerte Route, with a 9.5 km round trip route and a low level of difficulty. This route focuses on climbing Cerro del Fuerte (El Fuerte Hill) from the Sedella Recreational Area. In two thirds of the route you will walk along a comfortable forest track and the rest along a path with a steep slope that will take you to the Cima del Fuerte (El Fuerte Summit), at 1503 meters of altitude. You have to take into account that in just 4 km and a half you will climb almost 700 meters of unevenness. From the Cima del Fuerte you will have spectacular views, having to the south the towns of La Axarquía and the Mediterranean Sea, to the north the vertiginous walls of the south face of La Maroma and to the west the deep Barranco de Almanchares (Almanchares Ravine).
Another route is La Maroma from Las Llanadas de Sedella Route, with 11.5 km between there and back. The objective is to climb from Las Llanadas de Sedella (Sedella Plains) to the highest peak in the province of Málaga, La Maroma, at 2,069 meters high. Las Llanadas de Sedella have the function of natural and administrative division of the provinces of Málaga and Granada, and from here you will have to ascend the classic path of Cuesta Pardilla (Pardilla Slope) and cross El Morrón towards the Tajo Volaero (Volaero Sheer Drop). To get a semicircular layout, you will have to cross La Maroma plateau towards the Tajo del Sol (Sun Sheer Drop), descending towards the Puerto de la Lobera (Lobera Refuge), the Salto del Caballo and the Tacita de Plata (Silver Cup).
Within the municipality of Sedella there are other hiking routes such as the Peñones de Cuascuadras Route or the Sedella - Canillas de Aceituno Route.
In addition, one of the stages of the Great Path of Málaga passes through Sedella. This path is made up of a network of trails that border the province of Málaga connecting the different municipalities through the natural and rural environment.
Finally, within the Sedella town you can enjoy a municipal swimming pool where you can take a good dip.
In Sedella town, in addition to the national and regional festivities, other local ones stand out that will make you better understand their culture, tradition and customs.
On January 17 the calendar of events begins in Sedella with the Patron Saint Festivities in Honor of Saint Anthony. The party begins with the transfer of the image of Saint Anthony from the Hermitage of the Virgin of Hope to the Parish Church of Saint Andrew. In its celebration, after the mass the chivalry that accompanies the saint in the procession is blessed while a festival with an orchestra livens up the party.
In the months of March or April, Holy Week is celebrated and in Sedella, in addition to the traditional processions, during Holy Thursday and Good Friday some rattles are sounded to announce the mass, while at dawn on Easter they fire salvoes and rockets are launched.
In May or June, depending on the year, Corpus Christi takes place. For its celebration altars are made in different neighborhoods of Sedella, the streets through which the procession passes are covered with a flower carpet and embroidered shawls and blankets are placed on the balconies.
Finally, the first weekend of August is the Day of Our Lady of Hope. It begins with a parade with the music band and during its celebration different sports activities, contests, fireworks and musical performances are scheduled. In addition, a “rociera” mass is celebrated and a patron saint procession through the streets of Sedella.
The gastronomy of Sedella corresponds to the gastronomy of La Axarquía, which is characterized by hunting. However, the introduction of subtropicals, such as avocados, custard apples, mangoes and papayas, and greenhouse crops, have served as a great contribution to traditional agriculture.
In addition, the Sedella fields produce sweet wine, dry wine and semi-dry wine, which you can try in the town's bars and restaurants.
Among the typical dishes of Sedella, you will love to taste some delicacies such as goat with garlic, kid with wine, fennel stew, cabbages stew, cod omelets or parpuchas. All of them accompanied with local wines.
In pastry, we must highlight the baked donuts, some homemade sweets of Arab heritage that you can taste at any time of the year.