Setenil de las Bodegas, The city built into the caves

Explore this rare city nestled inside the mountains. Yes, you heard it right!


This Spanish city has a mountain as its rooftop and the skyline as well. Dwelling at the lower edge of Spain in the province of Cadiz and at the head of the RioTrejo, this city is inhabited by approximately 3,000 people. It often gives the illusion of growing out of the rocks. Although the thought of living under the rocks is mind-numbing, this city seems to be inhabited since centuries. The first ever inhabitants of Setenil are claimed to be the Romans who occupied it during their invasion in 1st century AD. Following which, the Moors and the Christians also went through a great conflict to acquire the place. The city now holds a peaceful ambiance with its charming all-white houses and is great experience to have while you are in Spain.
The Nazari Castle built in to this cave-city is often flocked by a number of visitors. It dates back to the thirteenth century when it was first built by the Moors. Of the forty towers, two defensive towers and the defensive wall, only a single tower and a well are left at present. This tower is known as the ‘Homage Tower’.


Other place to visit is the largest church of the village, ‘The Church of La Encarnacion’. This medieval church is famous for its Gothic architecture with ribbed vaults.

Setenil da las

You can savor on chorizo sausage and cerdo (pork) and their delicious pasteles (pastries) which is the specialty of this town. The most frequented restaurants are ‘Restaurante El Mirador Bar’ and ‘Restaurante Vizcaino’. And the little town even has a beautiful set of hotels like ‘Hotel Villa de Setenil’, ‘Cortijo la Dehesa del Pilar’ and ‘Hotel El Almendral’. For those who prefer a rustic setting to the posh hotels can also have access to these rural houses restored with modern facilities .They are ‘Casa Rural La Encarnacion’, ‘Casa Rural De La Villa’ and ‘Cortijo Rural Dehesa Del Pilar’.

Apart from the local attractions, the narrow lanes with the protruding rocks, is a rare vista to see.

Setenil de las Bodegas

If you are intrigued by this cave-city and would like to explore this city in person, then we will be more than happy to assist you.

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