Unico pueblo blanco

Setenil de Las Bodegas a beautiful and original city carved within a huge mountain gorge.

Named after its once flourishing wineries – bodegas – Setenil is probably unique among the pueblos blancos, white villages, of Andalucia. Where most pueblos blancos were built on protective bluffs and pinnacles, this town grew out of a network of caves in the cliffs above the rio Trejo north-west of Ronda. Its blinding white houses seem to emerge from the rocks, and some have rock roofs and even olive groves on their roofs.

The town name is believed to have been taken from the Roman Latin phrase “septem nihil”, “seven times nothing”, a phrase possibly linked to earlier invasions or skirmishes. Besieged in 1407, to no avail, the fortress was seized only after seven sieges. The seventh, successful siege, lasted 15 days and required the use of the most modern weapons of that time; due to the strategic location of Setenil, the victory caused a great buzz in Castile and was the source of several legends. Queen Isobel is said to have aborted during the siege, the St. Sebastian Hermitage being therefore built as a tribute to this child named Sebastian; there is, of course, not the least historic evidence of such an event except in the local folklore.

Over the intervening centuries, Setenil also gained a reputation for its meat products, particularly chorizo, sausage, and cerdo, pork, from pigs bred in the surrounding hills. As well as meat, it is has a reputation for producing fine pasteles, pastries, and its bars and restaurants are among the best in the region. Its outlying farms also provide Ronda and other local towns with much of their fruit and veg.  (info source: wikipedia)

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