Travel: Living Under The Rock, Literally - Setenil De Las Bodegas

Setenil de las Bodegas is a small, quaint town located in Cádiz, a province in the southern part of Spain that took the phrase "Living Under The Rock" literally. 

Setenil de las Bodegas has a population of 3,016 according to the 2005 census

It is believed that people have been living here since prehistoric times. 

Setenil de las Bodegas

Panoramic View of The Rock Town of Setenil. Image source via Carbon Craft

The Name Setenil de las Bodegas

The name 'setenil' comes from combining the Latin words 'Septem nihil', which means 'seven-time no'. This refers to the seven times the Catholic rules tried to take back the territory from the Moors (which is the medieval Arabian inhabitants who ruled Spain for several centuries).  

Only on the seventh try that the Catholic managed to conquer Setenil. This is one of the last places of Muslim's stronghold at that time.

The cool area under the rock is used to store all kinds of local produce, like a warehouse, which means 'bodegas' in Spanish.  

Setenil de las Bodegas

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What Is Special About Setenil De Las Bodegas?

This place is renowned for its troglodyte structures. Buildings are dug directly into the rock face. The rock overhanging the houses provides the needed insulation from the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter.

Setenil de las Bodegas

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Many of the original cave houses remain, with some converted into bars and restaurants. 

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What Should You Try In Setenil De Las Bodegas?

Setenil is famous for its meat products, especially its chorizo sausages and cerdo (pork) bred in the surrounding hills.

Setenil De Las Bodegas - Chorizo

The Famous Chorizo Pork Sausages of Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain. Image source via Carbon Craft

Their pastries, the Pastels, are considered one of the best in the region too.




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