Sayalonga and Surrounding
Situated just 9 kilometres from the coast, in between the mountains of the Sierra Almijara, lies the typical Andalusian white washed village of Sayalonga. 500 years ago the Moors constructed terraced fields which still surround this beautifull village. Vineyards, olive groves, citrus fruits, almond and nispero trees flourish in this wonderful climate. Here Andalucia has remained unchanged.
With narrow winding streets, tiny pubs, typical market aquares attracting young and old, surrounded by Jakaranda trees and the general hustle and bustle of everyday life, lights up this typical village. Farmers riding their mules, goat herds making their way to the fields, all add to the charm and colourfulness of this Andalusian village.
Sun & peacefulness
Sayalonga provides a good infrastructure with bus connections. You will find all the shops that you need for everyday life, including chemist, bank, doctors surgery and post-office.
The inhabitants of Sayalonga are very open minded, as are all people in Andalucia, who value good friendship and neighbourhood. They take a pride in involving their guests in the many traditions of village life.
More and more Europeans are fascinated by the charm of this sunny stress free corner of Andalucia. However only 15 minutes by car, from this peaceful idyll, are the beaches of the Costa del Sol, with a large variety of leisure activities. The port town of Malaga, with its modern airport is just 45 minutes drive away, offering an international flair, with many shops and typical “old town”.
Culture and Nature
Those interrested in history and culture will find Granada or Svilla a true “El Dorado”. Renowned for their historic buildings, together with varied theatre, art and music scene. The surrounding villages are also rich in culture: Minarets dating back to the 13th century, a church converted into a mosque or for example the only round cemetry from mourish times, is to be found in Sayalonga.
The Sierra Almijara National Park or the mountains of the Tejeda (both foothills of the Sierra Nevada) are a paradise for nature lovers. Walking, bicycling, mountain tours – can be enjoyed to the full in an unspoilt natural environment. Massive rock formations, forests, cristal clear mountain streams surrounded by Oleanda, an incredible variety of wild plants together with gliding eagels, mountain goats and occasional glimpse of a shy lynx, are just waiting to be discovered.
Sport and Pleasure
For sport enthusiasts, just 15 minutes away are two golf courses, paragliding and riding facilities, plus numerous water sport activities are available on the coast. The Sierra Nevada is a thriving winter resort with skiing and many other entertainments on offer.
Everyones tastes are catered for in the variety of restaurants – fish and tapa bars, bodegas and wine bars abound in Andalucia. The inhabitants love to celebrate and it is renowned for its harvest, wine, folklore and religeous festivals. These “Fiestas” give an excellent opportunity to see the rich, relaxed and colourful lives of the Andalucian people.
Excursions and Discoveries
For those who would like to see more – Sayalonga is an ideal starting point for day trips or short excursions. Just to mention a few – the spectacular Nerja caves, the geological curiosity of the chalkstone landscape of “El Torcal”, the gigantic george of “El Chorro”, Gibraltar and its famous Berber monkeys, the Rio Guardalhorce resevoir (the brooding area for flamingos), the abandoned western towns of “Mini-Hollywood” near Almeria and the historical towns of Ronda, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and Ubeda – all can be discovered in 1 or 2 days.