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Sayalonga. Rincón típico

Sayalonga is a village in La Axarquia region, Moorish in its layout, with narrow streets and white houses. It is a perfect place to spend some peaceful days and discover its culture and beautiful landscapes:

The village is home to one of the most intriguing cemeteries in the Malaga province and fascinating examples of religious architecture. Each May, Sayalonga also holds a celebration in honour of one of its most typical produce: the loquat fruit.




The Santa Catalina Church was built on top of an old mosque in the 16th century. It has two naves divided by rounded arches. The main nave has a Mudejar framework, while the other one contains a shrine of the Virgen del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary), dating back from the 17th century. From outside, you can see its octagonal tower and, separated from the church, the San Antón chapel.

Next to the church is the San Cayetano shrine, also built in the 16th century. Inside, you will be marvelled by the impressive 18th century sculpture.

One of the most remarkable places in this village of La Axarquia is the circular-shaped cemetery. Its design is in fact octagonal, which, together with the domed structure of the niches, gives it a very unusual appearance. To help people get to know of its origins, the cemetery has its own Visitor Centre. Some theories not yet confirmed suggest that it is of Masonic origin.

Another example of Sayalonga´s religious architecture is the Mudejar-style San Pedro church, situated in the adjoining village of Corumbela. The church has one single nave covered by a coffered ceiling. The minaret of the mosque on top of which it was built has been preserved and converted into a bell tower.

Also worth a visit are the Moorish Museum of Sayalonga and the fountain of Cid, which it is believed that Rodrigo Díaz himself drank water from. Also, near the Plaza de la Constitución, is the Alcuza street, the narrowest street in La Axarquia.

Geographic Data
Surface 18 km2
Altitude 359 m
Latitude 36º 48'
Length -4º 00'
Distance to Málaga City 47,3 km
City 1641
Men 845
Women 796
Nationality Sayalonguinos
Town Hall
Escudo de SayalongaPlaza Rafael Alcoba, 20, 29752 
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    This is a dead-end street grabs people’s attention as it is only 56 cm wide. It is among one of the many alleys that cross Constitucion Square, next to the Tourist Office or the entrance to the...


    The hermitage of San Cayetano was most likely built in the sixteenth century. It was dedicated to Christian worship in times of cohabitation of Christian and Muslim religion, or perhaps could be...


    This water fountain is said to be one of the most ancient in the village and has been the main water supply of the population since Arab times, being therefore its construction at this time. Legend...

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    From this viewing point you will be able to admire the most impressive views of Axarquîa and the Sierras Tejeda and Almijara.

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    The origin of its name is still unknown. Although the town’s origin is Arabic, no one knows exactly when it was inhabited. Name of its inhabitants: Sayalonguinos. Famous personalities:...


    From an historic point of view, the origins of this village are a little unclear, although most experts agree that the Arabs were the architects, as no remains of any settlements have been found...

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    This viewpoint, gets its name from the circular structure that you can observe your feet. This construction made with flat stone slabs was once used by all the residents of Corumbela to thresh the...


    This viewpoint was built on the outskirts of Sayalonga in the direction of Competa in 2002. It offers perfect panoramic views of the villages and mountains from the area. It stands above the...



Sayalonga: Fruit trees, olive groves and vines