Sayalonga is to be found in the Axarquia. It is nestled in the valley of the river Algarrobo-Sayalonga and in the hills of the Rávita Sayalonga in a barren and rugged landscape broken only by areas of orchards around the village and lowland areas. It has a rich agriculture and landscape where you can enjoy nature as it is very close to the Tejeda Natural Park, Almijara and Alhama. It also has rural tourism accommodation.
The origin of Sayalonga is undoubtedly Arabic, but it is not known at what moment in history it began to take shape as a town, and the meaning of the name is equally a mystery; some studies support the theory of its Roman or Visigothic origins. Historical records on the locality begin to appear beginning with its surrender to the Christian troops as a consequence of the fall of Vélez, in order to prevent bloodshed that would have been useless in view of the strength of the Catholic Monarchs’ army against the ever-weakening Muslim resistance.At one time, the modern outlying district of Corumbela played a greater historic role than Sayalonga, and even the farm community of Batarxis, of which today only traces remain to show its location, is more often mentioned in chronicles than the main population centre of the municipality.
In any event, the Moors of this entire region took a very active part in the uprising that ended in the famous battle of Frigiliana.The so-called Andalusia Earthquake (25 December 1884) also damaged Sayalonga, but in contrast to other towns in La Axarquía, there was no loss of human life here.
Sayalonga and Corumbela Monuments
Callejon de la Alcuza
Arab Minaret at Corumbela
El Cid Fountain
Iglesia de Santa Catalina (St. Catalina´s Church)
Ermita of San Cayetano
Mirador de la Era (viewpoint) of the Age
Mirador del Monte Viewpoint
Gastronomy of Sayalonga
One of the most tipycal dishes in Sayalonga is the cachorreñas soups, el potaje de hinojos campestre (fennel stew), la calabaza frita con orégano (fried pumpkin), las migas (aromatic fried bread) acompañadas de arenques asados, la ensaladilla de tomate (tomato salad), pepino y cebolla con bacalao (fish), el gazpacho, la sopa fría o gazpacho clásico, el ajo blanco con uva moscatel (soup of garlic with raisins), los chicharrones, el lomo en manteca (meat), el choto al ajillo (meat with garlic), las tortillas de Semana Santa empapadas en miel de caña, las tortas rellenas de bacalao (fish). And always accompanied by the delicios artisan vine, the raisins and almonds. Due to the tropical plantacion you find Mango and Níspero (medlar) in excellent quality.
From the Autovia Mediterraneo (A-7 or N-340), etween Velez Malaga and Torrox, you can take the A-6203, from which you will first reach Algarobbo and then Sayalonga.
Malaga 47 km
Torrox 20 km
Velez Malaga 16 km
Nerja 24 km
Algarrobo 6.5 km
Santa Catalina Church
San Cayetano Chapel
Avenue Alcalde Miguel del Pilar Cabello
Corumbela is a small village in the Sierra de Bentomiz belonging to Sayalonga.
It conserves a Mudéjar Minaret of great beauty and architectural value faithfully following the model of Alminar de Árchez.