Sedella best things to see and do

A village at the foot of the Maroma

Visit Sedella, an authentic white Mudejar village

sedella vue sur le village et l'alminar
view of Sedella and its alminar

In this article you will find the essential information for visiting the best of Sedella :

  • A few words about Sedella
  • the origins of the village
  • What to see in Sedella
  • What to do in Sedella
  • Where is Sedella?
  • Booking accommodation
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

Entrée dans le village de Sedella
Entrance to the village of Sedella

A few words about Sedella

Sedella is located in Axarquia in the province of Málaga. This white village has preserved all its authenticity.

Sedella is a white mountain village located in the Sierra de Almijara and Tejeda. It is also a privileged place for hikers and nature lovers.

La maroma 2065 m
La Maroma

The origin of the name of the village

The exact origin of Sedella is not known. However, it is known for certain that the village was also called “Villa Castillo”. This castle served as the seat of the lords of the region, the last of whom was Don Diego Fernández de Córdoba.

The name of the village has changed several times:

  • the name comes from the Latin “sedilla” which means “rural estates” during the Roman period.

  • In the 7th century, during the reign of the Visigoth king Wamba, the village was attached to the bishopric of Málaga under the name of Sedilla.

  • Later, during the Al-Andalus period, the Arabs gave it the name of Xedalia. After the Reconquest, the village took the name of Sedella.

Sedella calle

A legend tells us that in ancient texts, Isabel the Catholic, when informed of the victory of her troops over the Muslims, replied “sé de ella” (“I know about it”), which gave the village the name Sedella. The town’s coat of arms is based on this legend:

le blason de Sedella
coat of arms of Sedella

The revolt of Alpujarra

In 1569, as in many villages in La Axarquía, there was a revolt by the Moriscos (Muslims who had largely converted to Catholicism).

This revolt had started a year earlier in the Alpujarra. They gathered on the rock of Frigiliana (about 40 km from Sedella). They were defeated in 1569 by the troops of Alvaro de Zuarzo. A severe repression followed with the definitive expulsion of the Moriscos from this territory.

What to see in Sedella?

The casa Torreon

maison tourelle à Sedella en Axarquia
casa torreon – mudéjar style

This Mudejar-style house was built in the 16th century and belonged to Diego Fernández de Cordoba (a man in the service of the Crown of Castile).

Sedella casa Torreon
Sedella casa Torreon

The view of the Maroma

This is the highest peak in the province of Malaga. It reaches an altitude of 2065 metres.

Vue sur la Maroma à Sedella
View of the Maroma

The church of San Andres Apostol

Sedella iglesia san andres 2

The bell tower of the church now replaces the old minaret from the Al-Andalus period.

église san andres avec son alminar à Sedella
San Andres Church and casa torreon

The Roman bridge in Sedella

Sedella has a bridge with centuries of history. It is probably a medieval bridge. However, all the villagers call it the Roman bridge. It is very pretty and is located next to the centre of the village.

The narrow streets in the village

As in many villages, you will come across houses with many flower pots.

fenêtres et fleurs à Sedella

From the village you can see the surrounding mountains and the sea.

ruelle à sedella

Walking through the narrow streets of the village is a real pleasure. These alleys are still typical of the Al-Andalus period.

rue à Sedella

After this walk, it is ideal to stop for a coffee in the church square.

arc dans une rue à Sedella en Axarquia

Taste the local gastronomy

Among the local dishes of the village to be discovered, there are :

  • Fennel soup (a dish of Arabic origin),
  • Young goat in wine or sautéed with garlic
  • Parpuchas (cod omelette with sugar cane honey)

The village is surrounded by several vineyards, some of which are cultivated on the slopes of the Maroma, at an altitude of 800 metres. Some of the wines from this village are very famous. One of them has even been rated the best wine of Andalusia by Robert Parker with a score of 94/100.

This wine is made partly with a rare grape variety endemic to Axarquia: Romé (to be discovered!).

The El Saltillo hike

This hike takes you over the third longest hanging bridge in Spain. It is, moreover, at a height of more than 50 metres above the river that runs beneath it!

el saltillo pont suspendu à canillas de aceituno
Hanging bridge – El Saltillo

The El Saltillo hike from the village of Sedella to Canillas de Aceituno is quite exceptional. This hike offers beautiful views of the sea and the Maroma.

el saltillo pont suspendu à canillas

What to do in Sedella?


rio chillar hike ruta randonnee
rio Chillar walk

In the surrounding area, it is possible to find very nice activities:

  • horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
  • diving in Nerja and Torrox
  • guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
  • via ferrata (Caminito del Rey,…)
  • hiking (El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
  • canyoning in Andalucia
  • snorkeling
  • visit of caves
  • astrotourism experience in Andalucia

Use the following link to access all the activities to do. during your holidays. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.

Guided tours

A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of Sedella and the surrounding area.

local guide andalucia

As example : Frigiliana and El Acebuchal Tour

Cipriano organizes the visit of Frigiliana and El Acebuchal, the famous hamlet forgotten for 50 years!

You can find the details of the day and the possibility of booking online, in the following link: Frigiliana and El Acebuchal Tour from Nerja.

frigiliana pueblo mas bonito en Axarquia

The guided tours are always done in small groups (2 to 8 people max.) to discover the authentic Axarquia.

In the following link you will find all the details and prices of the tours he offers (Olive Oil Tour, Wine Tour, White Villages Tour,…)

Here you can find all the guided tours in Axarquia from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.

The fiestas


  • Feria de San Anton, in January,
    • on this day many animals are blessed!

Where is Sedella?

Book accommodation

Some useful links (car hire, other ideas for visits)

Easy and economical bookings

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