Setenil de las Bodegas

Have you been living under the rock? This sentence can be offensive for many people but what if you are literally living under the rock? There are many distinctive types of cities around the world, some are famous for the uniqueness of its people, and some stand out because of their unique architect. There is a city in Spain that is locally known as Setenil de las Bodegas and the city is built under the giant rock.

Don't worry, Setenil de las Bodegas is not that claustrophobic and you can easily move under the rock. It's not only the rock that makes Setenil de las Bodegas highly striking but the white tinted houses make the city looks like something out of fairytale book. Get ready to have a little glance of Setenil de las Bodega with mouth dropping pictures that will make you wanna visit this place.


Setenil de las Bodegas | A town under the rock

Setenil de las Bodegas serve as a connecting route between different white villages of Cadiz, the rock is the most apparent part of the Setenil de las Bodegas. The artistic white houses formation under the rock is the second most ravishing part of Setenil de las Bodegas and that is what makes it a hot cup of tea for tourists. Setenil de las Bodegas was declared Historic-Artistic Grouping in the year of 1985.


History of Setenil de las Bodegas:


Setenil de las Bodegas | A town under the rock

The humans started inhabiting Setenil de las Bodegas in the era of Neolithic. This place has been a hometown for Romans as well. However, the Arabs have the credit of making Setenil de las Bodegas a historic masterpiece that it is today. After that, it took seven sieges for the Catholic to conquer Setenil de las Bodegas. That's how it got its name, the word "Setenil de las Bodegas" literally means "seven times nothing" in the Latin language.

How to reach there?

Tourists leaving for Cadiz will have a glimpse of various white villages and they can take local transport to reach Setenil de las Bodegas. The city is surrounding by a smooth transportation system and unlike many other tourist destinations in the world, it is quite easy to reach Setenil de las Bodegas. However, the best way to reach Setenil de las Bodegas is by a car. Besides this, the closet bus station to the city is located at El GastorOlvera, Cuevas del Becerro.

Setenil de las Bodegas | A town under the rock

Many people have this particular question in their mind and the question is; Is it even safe to be under this giant rock? The answer is yes. The rock is actually very beneficial for the inhabitants of Setenil de las Bodegas. The rock keeps the town of Setenil de las Bodegas warm in cold breezing winters and the same rock keeps it cool in hot blazing summer. Magical? Kind of! But there is a solid scientific reason behind this and there isn't anything supernatural about the whole scenario.



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Guadaluporcun River:


What's better than having a rock over your head? A sparkling river in the middle of the town? Quite reasonable isn't it? Setenil de las Bodegas is located along the sides of the Guadaluporcun river that adds value to the beauty of Setenil de las Bodegas. Imagine yourself having a tea besides beautiful river is Guadaluporcun with a chain of white houses and a rock over your head it's indeed a once in a lifetime experience. Setenil de las Bodegas attracts the attention of a lot of tourists for the way it is built.

Streets of Setenil de las Bodegas:


Setenil de las Bodegas | A town under the rock


There are two prominent streets in the town that crosses the town and tourists can have a very clear view of the rock from these two streets. So the photographs visiting Setenil de las Bodegas can have a chance to take esthetics picture from the streets of Cuevas de la Sombra and Cuevas del Sol. The streets got their name because of their separate rock arrangements, sunlight can't reach the street of Cuevas de la Sombra, and it remains dark in there so the people living in this part of Setenil de las Bodegas can have a peaceful night sleep without getting bothered by the golden flashes of sunshine.

Meanwhile, the other street of Cuevas del Sol enjoys the mystic light rays coming out of the sun. Cuevas de la Sombra even has stalactites during winter so that is a plus point for the people visiting Setenil de las Bodegas.

Street Cuevas de la Sombra:



Who needs to visit the Eiffel tower when you can have a wonderful experience at Calle Herreria that is located exactly under the Arab fortress, this place can give you an opportunity to have a lot of photogenic pictures under the sign of "Besame en edge Rincon" that is the corner fully dedicated to couples having a place to take insta worthy pictures. 

The houses located at Setenil de las Bodegas even have a nickname and they are called as "abrigos Bajo Las Rocas" even though it sounds like another Harry Potter's incantation but that simply means "shelters under the rock" because these houses in Cuevas de la Sombra were built without carving the stones.

"So if any of you is planning to visit Setenil de las Bodegas, I will highly recommend you to visit during Holy Week because the Setenil de las Bodegas offers different tourists packages during this time"

Tags: Setenil de las Bodegas  | A town under the rock | Strange Place | Nature

Written by Iqra Asif

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