Sedella

A little over sixty kilometres form Málaga, we find Sedella, a town with a population of 550 inhabitants and situated within La Axarquía. The brightness and whiteness of its houses, together with the Mudejar architecture and the numerous remains of buildings of past civilisations, make it into a privileged enclave and a very attractive place as much for lovers of history as for nature and hill- walking enthusiasts, who will no doubt find in “La Sierra de Tejada” marvellous landscapes.

There exists archaeological sites within its environment in which hunting instruments, dating from prehistoric times, have been found. Romans and Punics also established themselves in this place and, in fact, it seems that its name comes from the latin term sedilia which, during the end of the Roman Empire, meant “rural location or possession”. Later, after the Christian conquest of 1487, the town came to be called Xedalia.

The most noteworthy monument to visit is the Church of San Andres, built in the Sixteenth Century. In its interior, we will be able to see sculptural works from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries and a monstrance from the Seventeenth Century.

The most popular feasts are celebrated in honour of San Antón, Patron Saint of animals, on the nearest Saturday to the 17th of January. Other dates of festive interest are the day of The Corpus, Holy Week and the day of “Nra. Sra. De la Esperanza” in August.

Game is an important part of Sedella cuisine, however, lovers of good food should not miss the opportunity to sample goat basted with garlic, calf basted with wine and the cabbage and fennel stew. We can also sample “el pan mojao”, “el potaje de Semana Santa”, and the cod pancakes all of which can be washed down with a local wine.