Setenil de las Bodegas is a beautiful village that forms part of the popular Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos (Route of the White Villages) in the province of Cadiz. Nestled in the Sierra de Gaditana and crossed by the river Trejo, this town has a notable difference with other towns that also make up the route: Most of their houses are strategically built on a set of rocks or below them.
And it is precisely because of this unique quality that Setenil de las Bodegas has attracted the attention of hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.
It is that the viewpoints and streets caves available thanks to the projections of powerful rocks have become the main attraction of this region, even though large monuments such as Torreón del Homenaje, Plaza Andalucía or Church of Our Lady of Encarnación represent an essential visit.
To learn more about this small (but beautiful) town in the autonomous community of Andalusia, we invite you to travel from beginning to end following as a guide this travel itinerary. Don’t forget to bring your camera and everything you need to make the trip unique and special. Ready?
What to see and what to do in Setenil de las Bodegas?
Setenil de las Bodegas is one of those towns that you won’t want to leave out of your list of places to visit in Spain. Its unmistakable beauty, its natural treasures and the warmth of its people are a must to walk its streets, learn about its history and enjoy its cultural legacy. And now that you’ve made time for a weekend visit, we recommend a tour of the following places:
Church of Nuestra Señora de Encarnación
Yes, it’s true, it’s one of the most beautiful churches in the village. It was built between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries under the mandate of the Catholic Monarchs. Its Gothic style is one of its main attractions. The Crucified Christ inside the temple will call your special attention.
Torreón del Homenaje
This is another monument within Setenil of the Wineries that you can not miss. Torreón del Homenaje is, without further ado, the only thing left of the old Almohad fortress. Now that it has been the target of reforms and remodelling, it is suitable for the public. If you manage to reach the tower, you will get an impressive view of the village.
Viewpoints of Setenil
You couldn’t travel to Setenil without stopping at some of its viewpoints. Once there you will surely miss a couple of “WOW” for the beauty of its views. You will reach them through Calle Villa. The first viewpoint at your step, the smallest, will allow you to observe the Plaza de Andalucía. If you continue the march you will find others as imposing as the Church of Our Lady of Encarnación and El Lizón.
The walk through the cave streets will fascinate you. They are the same ones that have been conformed by the projections of the rocks, which have filled Setenil de las Bodegas with spectacularity and which have turned this town into one of the main points of tourist interest of the autonomous community of Andalusia.
- Calle calcetas: Right here you will find the most impressive cave houses in the village.
- STREET Cuevas de la Sombra: Its streets are so narrow that you will hardly notice the sunlight.
- Street Cuevas del Sol: It is the busiest, undoubtedly, but also one of the narrowest. By the disposition of their houses, the sunlight enters everything that gives during the hours of the day.
Where to eat in Setenil de las Bodegas?
Setenil de la Bodega has a wide range of restaurants to eat after a long (but entertaining) walk through its streets. Find here the best establishments to taste exquisite dishes.
Bar Restaurant La Escueva
It is located in one of the most important points of Setenil de las Bodegas: Calle Cuevas del Sol. It stands out for its atmosphere, good service, incredible taste and seasoning and unbeatable price. It is one of those restaurants where you would repeat the gastronomic experience a thousand times. Try their tomatoes because they are one of the best.
If there’s one thing Calvente Bar can boast of, it’s its excellent barbecues. They are as good as to suck their fingers. And if you accompany them with a tomato salad, then you’ll be more than satisfied. The attention is very good and the atmosphere will please you. Find it in Calle Cuevas del Sol.
Unbeatable. We did not get another word to describe La Posada. Its attention, atmosphere, prices, rations and quality is unsurpassed. That is why we are talking about one of the most popular restaurants in Setenil de la Bodega. You will find it in Calle La Fuente.
Where to sleep in Setenil de las Bodegas?
Our recommendations for lodging in hotels, apartments or rural houses could not be missing from this travel guide. And here we will present those that in our opinion are the best in the whole population of Setenil de la Bodega.
Rural House Los Tajos de Setenil de las Bodegas
This is one of the best places to find accommodation. It is comfortable and quiet, but it also has good prices. It has comfortable rooms with all services. It has free parking and WiFi, kitchen and dining room and patio.
It is a comfortable accommodation that has basic services to spend quiet moments. It has a terrace with free Internet access and a balcony overlooking the village. Bellavista is a 4 bedroom house, ideal for one or two small families.
To speak of Casa Primavera is to refer to quality accommodation. It is a simple place, but comfortable, overlooking the river from one of its balconies. Without a doubt, it will become a good option thanks to free parking and WiFi services, silver screen TV, continental breakfast, among many other benefits.
How to get to Setenil de las Bodegas?
Definitely the best way to get there is by road. You can go in your own or rented car. It will be easy if you leave from Malaga 96 kilometres from the destination, from Cadiz 135 kilometres or from Seville 116 kilometres.
Just follow the road signs to get there healthy. For added safety, check the maps available on the Internet or activate your car’s GPS.