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‘Setenil de las Bodegas - Village under the rock’


Andalusia has many white villages. Most of them are located in the province of Cádiz.
It strikes me that there are relatively few photos on TE of Setenil de las Bodegas, in my opinion one of the most beautiful in the long series of ‘pueblos blancos’.

Setenil is known for its houses built partly in and under rocks.
The village is visited by many tourists, but few stay there for a long time. Most visit only somewhere between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and limit themselves to strolling through the two most famous streets in the centre and have a drink or a snack there.
Yet I’m convinced it’s worth wandering through many other streets, visiting the Torre del Homenaje, a remnant of a fortress and climbing to the several viewpoints in and around Setenil.

The two most frequented streets run on either side of a small river:
the Cuevas del Sol that is usually bathed in the sunlight and the Cuevas de la Sombra that is mostly in the shade.
In the latter it is therefore a bit cooler than on the other side of the river. I had a room on this street and it was partly under an overhanging rock. At the end of May it was quite cool there in the evening and at night (but not cold). Perhaps less suitable for staying there in winter and probably pleasantly cool during the hot summer months.

The village isn’t very big, but because of its special location and winding streets, it is an unusual place to wander around and sometimes the orientation gets a little difficult …

My main photo shows a part of the Cuevas de la Sombra. The picture in WS2 is taken in the Cuevas del Sol in the early evening after the day trippers have already left and the photo in WS1 shows another street under other rocks further away from the centre.

Please understand that not all houses in Setenil are built under rocks. But there are several streets like that.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7025 W: 24 N: 16419] (64266)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2022-05-23
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-08-17 10:24
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