Sedella is one of the 31 towns and villages that make up the Ruta Mudéjar, in the Axarquía. It borders with the municipalities of Alhama de Granada, Canillas de Albaida, Salares, Arenas and Canillas de Aceituno, to the north, northeast, east, south and west, respectively. To reach the village, one takes the autovía to Vélez and turn off there for Sedella, passing through Arenas and Árchez, or one can also take the smaller roads that run more or less parallel to the main road, these having recently been improved. As is the case of many towns in Andalucía, many of the old houses in the village have been knocked down to build new ones, but in many cases too the original Mudejar design has been preserved.
Sedella is a typical Moorish town, filled with examples of Mudejar architecture, with narrow and winding streets that carry the stamp of the Moorish village. Its altitude provides wonderful views over the beautiful countryside around the village, and from here one can see the Sierra Tejeda Mountains, the Mountains of Bentomiz and one clear days, the Atlas Mountains across the Mediaterranean. It is a peaceful place, far from the hustle and bustle of the cities and bigger towns, and ideal for a weekend rest.
The history of Sedella goes back to pre-historic times, and although no big archaeological finds have been made, there is sufficient evidence to show that people have lived here from time immemorial. Among the objects found in the area are flint axes and other hunting tools. Romans and Carthaginians settled here too, as we can see from coins and ceramic pieces discovered in the area. As for the origin of the towns name, it comes from the Latin "sedilia", which means "emplacement or rural possession." There have been other names: the oldest documentary evidence we have is "Villa del Castillo", and variations on the Roman name include "Sedille", dating from the 7th century. This name appears on a map of the diocese ordered to be made by the Visigoth king Wamba. Later, the Malaga bishop Teodulpo refers to the town in an Episcopal address as "Sedilla". And following the Christian conquest in 1487, the place was called "Xedalia". But the final word on the towns name comes from Queen Isabal herself, during the re-conquest. There was, apparently, a fierce battle between Moors and Christians in the area known as the Arroyo de la Matanza. When informed of the battle, the queen replied: "Sé de ella" (I know about it).