setenil street
andalusia,  Europe,  Spain

Setenil de las Bodegas: the under rocks Andalusian village

Setenil de las Bodegas is a village near Ronda where some houses and streets are located under the mountain rock.

This Andalusian village, with just over 3000 inhabitants, has the unique characteristic of using mountain rocks to serve as a roof and shade for its houses and streets. The village was built taking advantage of the erosion of the rock caused by the river and taking advantage of it to be able to build their houses.

setenil street
The main street

It is a very different place and deserves a visit, being part of the itineraries of those who visit Ronda and the Pueblos Blancos, due to its proximity. It is also close to Seville, which is about 120km away.

Setenil de las Bodegas Map

In summer and even in the spring, the temperatures in the city are very high and the existence of the shadows of the rock meant that the houses were built taking advantage of this for thermal control. In addition to the roof, the rock serves as walls in some houses. The name given to this type of construction is “Cuevas del sol” sun and shadow pits.

In Setenil there are several places to visit, however, our visit was made in passing and so we only had time to observe the small houses embedded in each other and in the stones of the rocky escarpment. The village was built on a slope taking advantage of the hillside, where on the summit is the Castle of Setenil.

Setenil street
Main Street

However, if you have time, visit the castle and enjoy the view it has over the village and the river that crosses it. Also, enjoy the comfort of the shade of the rock on the esplanades of the cafes and restaurants that are on the main street.

Visit also, Ronda.

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Plan your trip using the following tools and/or website

Using the following links and tools on the website you are helping to maintain Scannertrip. This use is the same for you and you do not pay more for it. For Scannertrip it makes all the difference!!

  • To find the best stays use Booking. It is one of the best websites for booking stays and always with some promotions on some destinations. The reliability and ease of booking and cancelling make it even the most popular. 
  • To compare prices for your Stays you can use the Hotels Combined or hotellook. These search engines show different prices from other websites for the same destination. There may possibly be a lower price for the same hotel on another website and these search engines will show it.
  • If you need to fly, search for flights on a price comparator. We recommend the jetradar or the Kiwi.
  • When you are preparing what to do at your destination, you will obviously search for activities to occupy you. Use this activity comparator in the scannertrip provided by Musement, or tiqets or the civitatis.
  • Transfers to and from the airport can be purchased via the website kiwitaxi. So you don’t need to get in touch with the different companies in your destination looking for the best price.
  • If you choose to rent a car, also use the price comparators. The autoeurope website compares prices from different rental companies.

How to Arrive

To get to Setenil de las Bodegas you will have to travel by car or bus. The nearest airport is Seville, which has domestic and international flights. Setenil is small so we recommend that the main destination be Ronda.

How long time is necessary to visit

We spent a few hours in Setenil. We felt it was a short time, so if you stay an afternoon you can enjoy more of what the small town has to offer in terms of restaurants and monuments.

Here to eat

The whole area by the river is full of cafes and restaurants. The greatest difficulty will be choosing which one to sit on.

Compare the prices for your stay

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Enjoy Stelenil de las Bodegas! Are you thinking of visiting us? You will certainly find reasons to visit this area for more days, but we hope that this small one-day guide will be useful to you. Enjoy Andalucia.



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