Setenil de las Bodegas. Spain
Famous Spanish “white towns” are scattered throughout Andalusia. A small typical Andalusian town of Setenil de las Bodegas is one of the most astonishing towns in its kind of the south of Spain. It is located in the province of Cádiz, near the border with Malaga, and covers an area of 82 square km with a population of about 3,000 inhabitants, which are an ancient settlement.
The town is famous for the fact that it is literally embedded in the cliff! It is its main attraction – the multi-ton menacing vaults of cliffs hanging over the houses and streets. One part of the city descends to the river Rio Trejo, and the other part was built in the gorge using natural cavities and overhangs of the cliff. Such an amazing architectural landscape protects the town from chilling winds and the scorching heat; and always provides a comfortable temperature on the streets. At the same time, there is no threat to these cozy streets. These basalt cliffs stand unshakably for several million years! As for the town, it lives in these cliffs for more than 8 centuries. None of the urban structures was destroyed during this time.
History tells about military courage of the residents of Setenil de las Bodegas, about how they steadfastly protected the town from numerous attacks of the Roman soldiers. It is believed that the name “Setenil” is associated with military events, and is derived from the words “septem nihil”. Literally it can be translated as “seven times without result.” It was this number of unsuccessful attacks of the Romans when the inhabitants of Setenil de las Bodegas managed to survive.
The second part of the name of the town is explained by the abundant production of valuable sorts of wine. The area is still famous for this fact. Christians planted the first vineyards on this territory in addition to the growing here olive and almond groves. The town is also proud of its meat products and baked pastries, especially cookies.
Come to Setenil de las Bodegas to stroll through the charming streets of the town, enjoy the architecture of man and nature, as well as to try spicy pork sausages “chorizo”. You can taste them in the numerous bars and restaurants of the town.