Sayalonga is a typical whitewashed village 41 kilometres east of Malaga and just
9 kilometers from the coast. It lies within the Axarquia, on the scenic Route of
Sun and Wine at an altitude of 355 metres and has a population of 1,200. The village
has winding streets, bus services, shops, a doctor's surgery, chemist, bank, bars,
restaurant, post office and primary school.
Sayalonga has maintained an old world peacefulness and charm where farmers ride their
mules and bullocks plough the fields. Yet it is only ten minutes drive to the beaches,
fifteen minutes to the nearest marina and golf course and forty-five minutes to Malaga
However, the civilisation which undoubtedly had the most significant impact on Sayalonga
was that of the Arabs. The legacy of more than 900 years existence can be seen in
the village and many of its buildings.
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, almond trees
In Sayalonga a narrow street called "Callejón de la Alcuza " can be found. This
street is only 56cm wide at its narrowest point! You can find it close to the church.
The nearby Sierra Almijara National Park and the Tejeda mountains are a paradise
for nature lovers. Walking, cycling and touring can be enjoyed in an un spoilt natural
environment of forests, mountains, rock formations, streams, wild plants, eagles
and mountain goats.
Sayalonga is renowned for its nisperos and on the first Sunday in May there is a
Festival held in the village to celebrate the harvest.
The narrow streets of Sayalongawind around the village making it a lovely place
to take a stroll. It also has a grocery shop, bank, chemist, baker, post office,
a Friday market and several restaurants and bars.