Setenil de Las Bodegas is a beautiful small town “pueblo”, located just a short drive outside Ronda and over the province border into Cádiz. Set amongst rolling hills, terraced with olives and filled with wild flowers in the spring, Setenil with its whitewashed houses and tiled roofs offers us a true glimpse of rural Andalucía.
Like many of the small pueblos in the Sierra’s of the area, Setenil is presided over by the remains of a Moorish castle, which in this instance dates from the Almohad period in the 12th century. Located just 8km from the Roman ruins of the 1st Century Roman Acinipo or “Old Ronda” and close to the nearby Cueva de La Pileta, with cave paintings over 25,000 years old, the history of Setenil stretches way back into human history.
However what sets Setenil de Las Bodegas apart today is it’s unique streets and houses, built straight into the cliffs overhanging the Rio Trejo. With some houses built directly into the rocks and others below or above, Setenil seems to tumble down the cliffs, creating different street levels and hidden, charming corners and views.
Calle de las Cuevas de la Sombra and Calle de las Cuevas del Sol (Shady Street and Sunny Street!) are respectively the two main “streets” in this small town with just over 3,000 inhabitants. The bars, restaurants and food shops in Setenil are considered as some the best in the region, jamón, chorizo, olive oil, honey, jam and Andalucian wines as well as some of the most delicious tapas make Setenil a must visit for locals and tourists alike, especially in the Spring and Summer when the weekends fill the streets with happy and vibrant visitors enjoying the food, the market and natural beauty of the town.
See more of the unique Setenil de Las Bodegas on our Photo Tour page.