Sella is a typical Spanish village in the center of a beautiful walking area. It has narrow, steep streets and friendly people. Sella is located just 18 kms from the coast.
The village is popular with nature lovers, hikers, mountaineers, cyclists and beach lovers.
Sella has 650 inhabitants and 5 bars / restaurants , 2 little supermarkets, 2 bakeries, 2 ATMs and a pharmacy.
In other words, good facilities for a small village.
Sella has the typical narrow steep streets that are typical of a Mediterranean village. On top of the hill above the village is the Ermita Santa Barbara, a recently restored chapel and the remains of the old Moorish castle.
The villagers mostly work in the cities on the coast (Alicante, Benidorm, Villajoyosa) and arrive at night and / or the weekend back to the village. The Sella inhabitants are open, curious and welcoming to visitors, which makes you feel welcome and at home.
Culture and Sport
Sella is a typical Spanish village and has a rich cultural life. On Friday the village band ‘la Divina Aurora ” practises. Regularly there are concerts in the church or on the plaza Mayor. There is one fair (feria) in spring, semana cultural (August) and a festive week (First weekend in October).
Pelota Valenciana is the number one sport in this region. Hands are taped and the pelota (squash) flies between the teams on the Plaza Mayor. The older villagers sit on chairs along the side making comments.
House Facades and the street are part of the field.
Location of the village
Sella (430 m) lies on the southern slopes of de Aitana (1558 m), at the foot of the Sella Penya (1,100 m) in the valley of the Rio Sella.
Font Mayor, Font Alcantara and Font de l’Arc, are three springs that provide Sella with drinking water.
During the Moorish domination, the first terraces were built on the hills surrounding the village. In this way the land on the slopes is irrigated (this is still based on a calendar set by the Moors) and cultivated.
Almonds, Oranges and Olives
On the terraces, the almonds are grown, which serve as the basis for Turron (nougat) of the factories near Alicante (Xixona). Some specialties of the village (the Coca Almendra by Bakery Santa Maria, the flan Turron (Dessert Bar Maria) are also made from almonds.
In winter there are plenty of oranges and lemons hanging on the trees as well as olives and
winegrapes grown on the huertas (gardens) of villagers. In April the Nisperos (medlars) are ripe.