If we had to sum up what you will find in Setenil de las Bodegas, we would describe it as the most original white village, surrounded by caves, traditions, views and gastronomy. One of the ways to visit this beautiful village is by doing the following activities a return trip from Malaga. But you can also make the excursion from Gibraltar and Tarifa.
Setenil de las Bodegas is one of the most beautiful white villages in Andalusia and is located in Cadiz. It has a unique layout on different levels, with winding cobbled streets between the rocks, whose centre is embedded in the gorge formed by the Trejo river.
One of the charms of the village are its houses located under the rocks, its fantastic viewpoints where you can contemplate the incredible views of the village and also, its historical site is of Cultural Interest. Now we invite you to discover the 10 essential things to see in Setenil de las Bodegas.
1. Cuevas del Sol Street
The "Cueva del Sol" is one of the most typical streets of Setenil de las BodegasIt is located in the lower part of the village and parallel to the Trejo river. It is one of the busiest areas of this municipality, with bars and restaurants, such as Bar Frasquito. It is the ideal place to rest and have a drink before continuing your visit.
2. Cuevas de la Sombra Street
The Cuevas de la Sombra Street is located very close to Cuevas del Sol. In the course of the street, it can be seen how the rock covers the houses below, and also covers the entire width of the road, reaching the houses on the opposite side. In this way a tunnel has been created between the facades of the popular houses on both sides.
The cave houses have begun to be valued as a tourist attraction for the village and many of them are already rehabilitated as rural houses or hotel establishments.
3. Carmen Viewpoint and the Hermitage of the Virgin of Carmen
The Carmen ViewpointSetenil de las Bodegas is one of the places in Setenil de las Bodegas that you have to see. Without a doubt, here you will find the best views of Setenil de las Bodegas. Climbing the stairs (which are somewhat narrow) you will find a panoramic view of the village with all its beautiful white houses, the Torre del Homenaje, the Muralla and the church of the Encarnación.
At this point you also find the Hermitage of the Virgin of Carmen dating from the 18th century. This virgin is the patron saint of Setenil de las Bodegas, the festivities are held in the middle of July.
4. Andalusia Square
When you have finished contemplating the scenery at the viewpoint, you can continue strolling through the beautiful streets of Setenil and end up at the Andalusia Square. This square is the heart of the upper part of the town, here you will find the Town Hall and the Tourist Office.
5. Kiss me in this corner' in Calle Herrería
Calle Herrería is another must-see in Setenil de las Bodegas.. It is so called because it once housed a blacksmith's workshop. At the end of it you can find a plaque surrounded by blue flowerpots that reads the romantic text: "Kiss me in this corner". You can't forget to take pictures of this beautiful spot!
6. The Tower of Setenil of the Bodegas
From the old fortress built during the Islamic occupation. This type of tower was frequently used as defensive elements by the Christian troops. The main tower and a secondary tower that flanked the entrance gate to the enclosure still remain, today known as the "Torre del Homenaje" or "El Torreón".. These formidable defences were located, if possible, at the highest point of the municipality. In this case we can find it next to the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación and it currently houses several temporary exhibitions.
7. Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church
Heading towards the neighbourhood of La Villa de Setenil, we will find the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church late Gothic style, it was built between the 15th and 17th centuries, and this built on the site of the old mosque. It is undoubtedly another of the sites more beautiful to visit in Setenil de las Bodegas.
8. A flower, a woman' between Mina Street and Vega Street
Passing through the Mina Street and Vega Street you will find a plaque with the text: A flower a woman, which pays homage to the Andalusian woman. Nowadays this type of plaque has become very fashionable, and many tourists decide to have their photograph taken next to the text and have a nice souvenir.
9. Visit the Ermita de San Benito, another of the things to see in Setenil de las Bodegas.
The Hermitage of San Benito is another place you cannot miss when you come to Setenil. It is a church located inside the historic quarter. The date of its construction is unknown, and it is the headquarters of the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno.
10. El Lizón Viewpoint
Also worth a visit is the El Lizón ViewpointHere the panoramic view is different from the previous ones because of the perspective, as from here you can see both the streets and the houses situated at different levels of height.