One may have to look carefully at the cover image to see why this place, Setenil de las Bodegas, piqued our interest when reading the Rough Guide to Andalucía.
Look again and look carefully and one might notice that in this white Andalucían town many of the houses are built right into the rock. While the cover image is taken on the edge of town, we approached from a different direction and at first the town looked like many others in the region.
Roofs of red tiles capped white washed houses as they jostled for position on the steep sided banks of the Rio Trejo (the river Trejo). In descending down the narrow pathways, it soon became clear that many of the houses were actually built into the rock itself.
Down at the foot of the gorge the river is patrolled by a road on either bank, with one of these roads going right through the rock, houses and shops on both sides.
It was a fascinating place and not adversely affected by tourism to date, from what we could see. The area used to be a thriving wine making region and the “caves” ‘made excellent cellars, hence the latter part of the town’s name “Bodega”.
Here are a couple more images of the town and yours truly, hence the Wife gets the credit for two of the following images (and the one above):
In some ways it reminded me of Pitigliano in Italy, but then both places are sited on tufa rock so perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising.
Hope this has proved of some interest to at least some of you out there and thank you to the Rough Guide for allowing us to discover a place like this.
Note: I earn no money from Rough Guides or have any connection with them, but do like the guides they produce for their readability and interesting highlights.