In the center of a beautiful walking area, this classic Spanish village has narrow steep streets unique to Mediterranean villages and friendly people. The village is popular with nature lovers, hikers, mountaineers, rock climbers, cyclists and beach lovers. Sella has 650 inhabitants and 5 bars / restaurants, 2 little supermarkets, 2 bakeries, 2 bank offices and a pharmacy. The climbing is found on steep limestone cliffs.

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 used to live on the proceeds of the country now they 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 friendly to visitors, which makes you feel welcome and at home.

Sella 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.

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.

Villajoyosa (beach) is 18 kms, Benidorm at 20kms, Alicante and Valencia 40kms and 140kms respectively.

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By car, short approach

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the schmuck
Albuquerque, NM
the schmuck   Albuquerque, NM
Hmmm...From the description it seems that there is hardly any climbing at Sella at all. Actually there are 100s of routes in a very cool canyon. The climbing is very nice old-school vertical and pocketty sport climbing, with modern glue-in hardware. Get a guide book and go. Sella was covered very well in the old Rockfax Costa Blanca guide. Mar 21, 2014
I just got back from the Sella region of Spain. Sella was the first area to be developed and consequently has become a little polished, although still fun. There are many other crags in the area within 40 minutes drive of Sella. The sea cliffs north of Benidorm have also been developed by Roland and Mark Edwards and are spectacular in both situation and style. We stayed close to the small village of Finistrat (ten minutes from Sella) which sits on a hill above Benidorm. For detailed info best go to Roland and Marks web sight and download the app. Also on Youtube checkout Compass west climbing for great sea cliff videos.

People generally stay either in Benidorm(24 hour party town) or up in the hills. Roland and Betty Edwards run a chalet accommodation in Finestrat and are a great source of Beta.

Fly into Alicante 25 miles away and rent a car.

Dec 12, 2016
Megan O
Megan O   CO
The Orange House hostel in Finestrat provides a good base for Sella climbs and other nearby crags (Guadelest, Alkalali, Sierra de Toix, Puig Campana, Echo Valley, etc.). The Orange House has topos for newly developed routes and areas, lots of beta, and a full kitchen. It's a good place to find partners. Carrefour and Aldi are only 10 minutes away.

Compared to Rifle, I didn't find polish to be a big problem in Sella. For Sella itself, expect mostly slabby or vertical climbs. Head to Pared de Rosalia or Techo de Rino for quality 5.10s and 5.11s with positive holds. Doggy Guantanamo, to the right of Sector Final, is newly bolted with about 30 routes ranging from 5.10a - 5.12b. Dec 11, 2017