To me the name seems to conjure up images of the Marlon Brando film Sayonara and on visiting its famous circular cementary I almost expected to see the graves of Kelly and Katsumi, forever together after their final Sayonara!

Leaving behind Hollywood of the 1950´s and zooming full speed ahead into the year 2011 we discover that Sayalonga has stayed pretty much as it was during Arab rule with the Mudejar-style Church of Santa Catalina, which was built in the XVI Century on the site of an old mosque and the 90,000 litre water tank El Ventorillo del Aljibe. One of the most important Arabic poets Mohamed Al-Hasmi, who wrote a poem about Mecca, was born at the Arab settlement, Batahiz, the ruins of which can still be seen beside this water tank.

Other places of interest in this village that has been twinned with Piaggine in Italy, are the Ermita of San Cayetano, situated next to the church. There is a statue of the saint inside the Ermita which is thought to have been built around XVII. However, Sayalonga´s real claim to fame is the aforementioned circular cemetery, possibly the only one of its kind in Spain. Apparently it has more than 3,000 visitors a year making it one of the most visited architectural monuments in the Axarquía. To find out more about this incredible place, go to the Tourist Office and ask for the key to the Interpretation Centre which can be found at the entrance to the cemetery, it gives the history and origins of the construction. A good place to take a photograph of the cemetery is from the Mirador, on the road leading down the hill at the beginning of the village, you cannot miss it as you drive down from the direction of Cómpeta.

Another fame to claim in Sayalonga is the street of La Alcuza which is the narrowest to be found in the Axarquía at only 55cm at its closest point! It is situated near the Plaza de la Constitution by the tourist office and church. The village is quite small, so you won´t get lost!

Before you leave, do visit the Fountain of Cid. It provided the main supply of water to the Arabs and was named for El Cid Campeador, (real name Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar) a Castilian nobleman, military leader and diplomat who conquered and governed the city of Valencia, but not before having drunk of the water in Sayalonga!

The village is situated just 9 kilometres up the hill from Algarrobo Costa, 41 kilometres east of Malaga, it is on the Axarquía route of Sun and Wine. A good day to visit, if you like the sweet and sour Nispero (the paradise fruit of the Axarquía) is the first Sunday of May when the fruit is harvested and a good time is had by all, or another festival is on 7th October when the Patron Saint of Sayalonga, La Señora del Rosario, is given thanks for the years harvest. Whenever you visit the village you will be given a warm welcome by the locals and there are plenty of bars and restaurants where you can sit and while away the afternoon before saying Sayonara to Sayalonga and driving back down the mountain to the motorway at Algarrobo.

Properties for sale in Sayalonga, Spain

Found: 5 Properties

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    Villa : Sayalonga

    594,000 €

    Beautiful renovated villa with panoramic sea views, situated on a south-oriented hillside near Sayalonga. This high-quality property has always been well

    • Reference: 778510
    • Bedrooms: 4
    • Built size: 185 m²
    • Plot size: 2961 m²
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    Detached Villa : Sayalonga

    440,000 €

    Spacious country villa with spectacular views of the mountains, countryside & sea. Modern open plan design, all on one level and delightful pool area.

    • Reference: 784076
    • Bedrooms: 2
    • Built size: 235 m²
    • Plot size: 5000 m²
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    Townhouse : Sayalonga

    295,000 €

    This traditional village house is located in a central position and benefits of a delightful and unexpected oasis of tranquility. Originally two houses

    • Reference: 392554
    • Bedrooms: 4
    • Built size: 135 m²
    • Plot size: 0 m²
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    Country Home : Sayalonga

    295,000 €

    Beautiful and modern single storey villa with sea view and located within walking distance of the village. This rural property is located on a southwest

    • Reference: 776627
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 125 m²
    • Plot size: 3770 m²
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    Townhouse : Sayalonga

    96,000 €

    Townhouse in the centre of Sayalonga. In need of reformation but with many possibilities. The main house comprises living room and kitchen on the ground

    • Reference: AK010
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Built size: 135 m²
    • Plot size: 63 m²
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