Sayalonga is a pretty whitewashed village situated 41 kilometres east of Malaga and just 9 kilometres from the coast at Algarrobo Costa. It lies within the area of Axarquia, on the scenic Route of the Sun and Wine, at an altitude of 355 metres above sea level and has a population of 1,200. The village has winding streets be decked with flowers, bus services, shops, a doctors surgery, chemist, bank, restaurants, bars, post office and a primary school. The typical Andalucian squares are surrounded by lilac flowering Jakaranda trees and the village and surrounding villas have spectacular coastal views.

Sayalonga has maintained an old world peacefulness and charm where farmers ride their mules to the country side and goats graze amongst the olive groves. Yet it is only ten minutes drive to the beaches, the nearest marina and golf course and forty five minutes to Malaga international airport.

The area surrounding the village is irrigated by the river Algarrobo aiding the principle products here which are terrace grown vines and olives, citrus fruits and almond trees. The nearby Sierra Almijara National Park and the Tedjeda mountains are a paradise for nature lovers. Walking, cycling and touring can be enjoyed in an unspoilt natural environment of forests, mountains, rock formations, streams, wild plants, eagles and mountain goats.

Named by Roman settlers, Sayalonga means long dress. The greatest influence in architecture is the white-washed Moorish layout, typical of the area. Places of interest in the village include the 16th century church of Santa Catalina, the round cemetery – the only one in Spain, and the Fuente del Cid – a fountain where legend says El Cid stopped to drink water.

The poet Muhammad Al-Hasni, composer of a beautiful poem about Mecca, was born in Sayalonga in the 16th century.

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