What to do and what to see in Setenil de las Bodegas


The village of Setenil de las Bodegas is located in the northeast of the province of Cadiz, on the White Villages Route in Sierra de Cadiz. Its quaint urban framework with houses at different heights, many of them embedded in the huge rocks that rise on either side of the Guadalporcun River, have made this village one of the most unique and most sought after places as tourist destination in the Sierra de Cadiz, originating such beautiful places in the town as Cuevas de la Sombra Street and Cuevas del Sol Street, where houses have been built just under the rock. His declaration as an Historic-Artistic site in 1985 supports this.

History of Setenil de las Bodegas

The first settlements in its environment were in the Neolithic era, as evidenced by important archaeological discoveries. But its origin was in the Almohad period, in 14th and 15th centuries.

During the conquest of Al-Andalus by the Christian troops, Setenil de las Bodegas played an important role, being very strong the Nasrid resistence. Up to seven times the Spanish crown had to try it to win the victory, hence its name, "Septem nihil" which means seven times nothing.


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What to see in Setenil de las Bodegas

From the Almohad period is the prestigious Setenil de las Bodegas Castle, located in the highest part of the town, preserves its Torre del Homenaje, a cistern, more than 500 meters of walls and all its medieval urban framework. Next to it rises the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, set formed by two churches, one of Mudejar style and the other of Gothic style (15th-17th centuries). The hermitages of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, San Sebastián and San Benito, the Old Town Hall, today destined to tourist information office, Caves of San Román, Triana Street Bridge, Bridges of the Villa and Ronda Street Bridge, complete the greatest exponents of heritage in Setenil de las Bodegas.


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What to do in Setenil de las Bodegas

In addition to the beautiful route that involves a tour of the urban framework of Setenil de las Bodegas, living every corner of the urban core, we propose some other routes that will be of your interest:

Route of the Bandits: So called in memory of the mythical bandits who frequented these lands. With 11 km of route, it goes from Setenil de las Bodegas to the ruins of the Ancient Roman City of Acinipo in the town of Ronda. During the way with medium difficulty, you can enjoy a diversity of landscapes, gifted with farmhouses, holm oak forests and other roads, which in previous time were important communication routes with Ronda.

Route of Travelers: It runs along the Cañada from Ronda cattle road to Osuna, between Setenil de las Bodegas and Alcala del Valle. With a route of 5.5 km and a low difficulty, its main attraction are the groves of Mediterranean forest and meadows, with beautiful views to Setenil de las Bodegas along the route.

Route of La Cañada of Malaga: The way through the cattle route Camino de Malaga, connects the urban center of Setenil de las Bodegas with the Cañada from Ronda to Osuna. Its route is about 4 km and with low difficulty.

Route of The Mills: It runs along the Vereda de Alcala del Valle cattle road, next to the riverside of the Stream of The Mills, an affluent of the Guadalporcun River. It connects the town of Setenil de las Bodegas with the road that goes to Alcala del Valle. The way is 3.5 km and low difficulty, its attraction is in the great landscape richness with a wide variety of flora and fauna, and with amazing points as Salto de la Molinilla. Its name comes from the two old cereal mills and the olive oil mill that we will find next to the river.

Route of the Edge of the Trejo River: It crosses one of the most beautiful natural sites of the region. A spectacular scenic route where you can see the cliffs and escarpments drawn on the rock by the Guadalporcun River, called Trejo River in this area. With a distance of 5 km and a medium difficulty, it connects the town of Setenil de las Bodegas with the farmhouse of Trejo, running along the edges of the Guadalporcun River.


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Traditional festivals in Setenil de las Bodegas

If you decide to visit Setenil de las Bodegas, we recommend you during Holy Week. It is declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest of Andalusia, with a deep popular roots and cultural tradition, it is classic the rivalry between the two fraternities, the Santa Vera Cruz, wearing white and Nuestro Padre Jesus, wearing black, originating from the first one. That rivalry has been leaded to the "war of the bands", in its attempt every year to hire the best music band.

Other traditional festivals are the Romería de San Isidro, the August fair and its two patrons, San Sebastián on January 20th, and the Virgen del Carmen on July 16th.


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Gastronomy in Setenil de las Bodegas

If you highlight a typical dish for its excellence in Setenil de las Bodegas, this is the Sopas Cortijeras, made with bread, olive oil, asparagus and poached egg.

Other typical dishes are tuna with onions, goat cheese with quince, asparagus, blood sausages or mushrooms scrambled, sweet potatoes with honey, craft preserved meats, salad of cabbage or pencas and serrana rabbit.

All of these dishes are available to taste in any of the tapas bars and restaurants located in the shelter of the large rock.


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