A city under the rock


Traveling to Setenil de las Bodegas in Spain may prove to be a real adventure for those suffering from symptoms of claustrophobia. Located in the scenic province of Cádiz, Spain, the unusual village was built using local stone as construction material.





Setenil lies along the river gorge of Rio Trejo, with which it developed some sort of fascinating symbiosis. The villagers used the rock overhangs as walls or partially developed homes, building their dwellings around them. This way, the natural shapes of the gorge are preserved, the environmental intervention being reduced to a minimum.








Walking through Setenil is like a never ending discovery. Get to observe the ruined Moorish castle and the nearby church of the Encarnación; enjoy discovering the narrow streets in this compact, cliff-enclosed town. Event the tourism center is accommodated in a rocky building with a Moorish wooden ceiling.











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