Setenil de Las Bodegas is a small Spanish town located in the south of Spain in the Cádiz province. As the Andalucía area have a lot of white villages that are charming, but Setenil de Las Bodegas is different that the rest as the houses not only are built into the surrounding cliffs, but the overhang is impressive. I have shared the story of my solo trip there, but in this blog post I share the top things to do when in Setenil de Las Bodegas as well as everything you need to know before traveling there.
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How to Get to Setenil de Las Bodegas
You can get to Setenil de Las Bodegas easily when in Andalucía, I went there from Malaga which takes 1h 20 min by bus. Setenil is located in the area surrounding Ronda so you can get there from Ronda which takes 30 mins, you can also get there from Sevilla which takes 1h 45 mins as well as from Cádiz. You can buy bus tickets from the ticket counters at the bus stations. If you are staying in Andalucía for a while, you can rent a car and easily get there.
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How to Move Around Setenil de Las Bodegas
Setenil is a really small town so it is better to move around on foot since it will be hard to use a car with the amount of narrow streets available, but there is a lot of hill hiking involved since the whole town is build on a rock and into the surrounding cliffs so you will be going up and down a lot.
Accommodation in Setenil de Las Bodegas
You only need about half a day to spend in Setenil de Las Bodegas, so if you are staying somewhere in Andalucía then you can catch a bus early in the morning and then go back in the afternoon. Depending on your time, you can stay there for a full day as well and leave the next day. This is the Airbnb I stayed in, and this Setenil is a small town then you won't find big hotels, simply Airbnbs and holiday homes.
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Best Cafes & Restaurants in Setenil de Las Bodegas
Bar Frasquito (Gluten-Free options and vegetarian friendly)
Cafetaria Bar Sol y Somra (Gluten-Free options and vegetarian friendly)
La Tasca (Vegetarian friendly)
Bar La Escueva (Vegetarian friendly)
Restaurante Casa Palmero (Vegetarian friendly)
6 Top Things to in Setenil de Las Bodegas
1. Castillo de Setenil de Las Bodegas (Setenil de Las Bodegas Castle)
The Castle is located at the very top of the town, now I'm not gonna lie and say it was very easy to get there even after I said that the town is so small, but there was a turn that will take you up the hill to be able to reach the castle that I kept missing! I was basically walking in circles for 15 minutes until I stopped and asked someone and was able to reach the castle then. The castle is small but the view from the top is amazing since you can see the whole town from up there. It only costs €1 to go into the castle, so it is definitely worth it.
2. Calle Cuevas de La Sombra (Cuevas de La Sombra Street)
Walking around the rock covered streets is fun and fascinating, Calle Cuevas de La Sombra is the most famous one, you can walk under this huge rock and you can find a few cafes there as well where you can sit and enjoy the view.
3. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Parish Church)
When of my favorite places to visit whenever I'm traveling are churches and cathedrals, so it's no surprise that there will be one on this list. I love learning about the history of the town as well as the church, I find it interesting.
4. Ciudad Romana de Acinipio (Ruins of Acinipo)
These Romain ruins are a 10 min drive away from Setenil de Las Bodegas, it is free to visit but make sure to check when it is open as it is not open every day. You can check when to visit on based on the schedule posted on their Facebook page.
5. Wander Around the Streets
Simply walking around the village of Setenil de Las Bodegas is an amazing experience in itself, seeing the houses built within the rock cliff is just impressive. There are many famous streets like Calle Cuevas de La Sombra as mentioned, but also Called Cuevas del Sol. You can wander int these narrow streets or even go further uphill into the village for amazing views.
There are many amazing viewpoints in Setenil de Las Bodegas and these include the top of the castle, but also include others such as:
Calle San Sebastian: A highish part of town with a nice view over the white houses of the village. It’s a 15-minute walk from Calle Cuevas del Sol.
Calle Ventosilla Alta: An even higher viewpoint.
Mirador del Lizon: An observation deck open 24 hours a day.
Mirador del Carmen: Prepare to climb 93 steps up; it’s well worth it!