Setenil de las Bodegas is one of the most unique villages in Andalusia. The most iconic thing about the village is that people here still live in cave houses and work at shops and cafés built under rocks. So here are the best Instagram spots in Setenil de las Bodegas for the best photos in the village!
In this blog post, you will find all the places with descriptions, photos, and locations where they can be found on Google Maps. We loved spending a couple of days in Setenil de las Bodegas and exploring this unique and iconic village to the fullest! Happy exploring!
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1. Calle Cuevas de la Sombra
The most iconic place in Setenil de las Bodegas village is Calle Cuevas de la Sombra or the Street of Shadow caves. It is the only street in the village completely covered by rocks.
There is only a small part of the street that goes under the rock (like 100 meters or so), so I really recommend walking there and back to see this place from both sides of the street.
It is truly one of the coolest places in Andalusia and at the top of the best Instagram spots in Setenil de las Bodegas village. There are shops, cafés, and bakeries under the rock, so don’t forget to check them out!
Location: Calle Cuevas de la Sombra
2. ‘Bésame En Este Rincón’ or ‘Kiss me in this corner’
There is one more unique thing about Setenil de las Bodegas village and it is that there are multiple places around the village with cute and interesting inscriptions in Spanish.
This one saying ‘Kiss me in this corner’ is probably the most popular one as it is located on one of the most beautiful streets in the village – Calle Herreria. There is a narrow staircase partly covered by rocks.
Location: Bésame En Este Rincón
3. Calle Herreria
Calle Herreria is one of the most iconic, beautiful, and romantic streets in Setenil de las Bodegas. And one of my favorite Instagram spots in the village as well!
There is a hidden, narrow staircase leading uphill in the direction of Plaza de Andalucía square. You might even walk past it if you don’t pay attention as there is a bigger and wider street you can use to get to the square.
Obviously, the most unique part about it is the overhanging rock above the street. Besides, the street is super narrow – probably one of the most narrow streets you will find in this unique village.
Location: Calle Herreria
4. Mirador del Carmen
Standing tall right in the middle of the village is a cliff and Mirador del Carmen viewpoint. This is one of the most iconic views of the village with the ‘Setenil’ sign and the church and the castle in the background. Definitely one of those not-to-miss Instagram spots in Setenil de las Bodegas!
Location: Mirador del Carmen
5. Calle Calcetas y Mina
Calle Calcetas y Mina is a hidden gem in Setenil de las Bodegas. The reason for that is because this tiny street is practically not possible to find on Google Maps. It doesn’t have a name there and is also a bit hidden in real life!
However, I have to admit that this is one of the most unique streets in Setenil de las Bodegas and it truly is worth visiting! Getting there is quite easy – but you just have to know where to look!
If you want to go there from above, then start at Plaza de Andalucía square, then find a short tunnel that leads away from the square in the direction of Calle Callejón.
Then the street will bend to the left, but there will be a narrow path to the right (approximately over here). This is where you have to go right to get to the street.
In order to get there from below you need to walk to Calle Jabonería and find a bridge over here that crosses the river. Look to your right and you will see a bigger road and a smaller path. The small path goes slightly uphill and is exactly where you need to go to get to the photo location.
Location: Calle Calcetas y Mina
6. ‘Una mujer, una flor’ or ‘a flower, a woman’
Another one of my favorite inscriptions on the walls in the village is this ‘a flower, a woman’ sign. It is very easily accessible and there is a nice bench next to it. To my surprise, the flowers were fake ones, but it didn’t ruin the vibe of this place.
Location: Una mujer, una flor
7. Calle Cuevas del Sol
Amongst the most iconic streets in Setenil de las Bodegas is Calle Cuevas del Sol or the Street of the Sun Caves. If you remember the most iconic street was called the Street of Shadow Caves.
The names of these streets indicate that one street gets more sun than the other one – Street of Shadow Caves – because it is completely covered by rocks in some places.
Calle Cuevas del Sol Street is one of the main streets in the village and is very busy. It is filled with restaurants, chairs, and tables, so you might not get the most beautiful photos here.
However, it still looks truly phenomenal. The rocks are overhanging the street and completely covering the buildings.
Location: Calle Cuevas del Sol
8. The Best of Setenil Is Here And It Is You
If you know Spanish then these iconic inscriptions on the walls make more sense and look even better, however, even without knowing Spanish this cute corner next to the Casa de la Damita de Setenil museum deserves to be amongst one of the most iconic Instagram spots in Setenil de las Bodegas.
There is also a great viewpoint over the village so do not miss this place. If you are looking for the highest spot to see Setenil de las Bodegas from above then right next to this viewpoint is a tower – remains of the fortress where you can enter and climb on the roof (there is a small entrance fee – 2 EUR).
9. Tower of the Castillo de Setenil de las Bodegas fortress
For a small entrance fee (2 EUR) you can climb to the roof of the highest building in Setenil de las Bodegas – the tower of the Castillo de Setenil fortress. This is the remaining part of what once was a castle and a fortress around it.
There are great views over the village, and you can see all the levels the village was built on. Here you can actually realize how deep inside the gorge those cave streets and cave houses actually are!
Location: Tower of the Castillo de Setenil
10. ‘We walked around to find each other’ sign
This sign that says ‘Andabamos para encontrarnos’ or ‘we walked around to find each other’ was one of my favorite Instagram spots in Setenil de las Bodegas.
Located at the bottom of Calle Mina Street, it is a not-to-miss place. After all this photo spot is just a couple of meters away from other Instagram spots in the village (like Calle Herreria), so definitely stop here for a photo!
Location: We walked around to find each other
11. Calle Cantareria Alta
Calle Cantareria Alta Street is one of the higher-level streets where you can have amazing views of the village, the caves beneath you, and the church and the tower on the hill in the background.
We actually stayed in one of the traditional Andalusian apartments on this street called Casa Marta and this was a view from our window. Pretty amazing view, right!?
Location: Calle Cantareria Alta
12. ‘Hagamos Juntos El Camino’ or ‘Let’s walk together’
Another cool Instagram spot in Setenil de las Bodegas is the ‘Hagamos Juntos El Camino’ or the ‘Let’s walk together’ sign on the wall of the stairs that lead to Mirador del Carmen. The stairs start from Calle Cuevas del Sol Street (exact location below).
Location: Hagamos Juntos El Camino
13. Ermita de San Benito yellow church
One of my favorite buildings in Setenil de las Bodegas was this cute little Ermita de San Benito church in white and yellow colors. It is located in the heart of the historic center of the village and was built in the 15th century.
Location: Ermita de San Benito
14. Islamic architecture doors
A cool reminder of the times when Andalusia was under the Islamic period and rule are these doors. Shapes and colors are very typical in Islamic architecture.
These are probably the most unique doors in the village, so stop here to take a photo in case you are walking somewhere nearby!
Location: Islamic architecture doors
15. ‘Susúrrame al oído’ or ‘Whisper in my ear’
Located on the corner of Calle Jabonería Street is the last one (of those that I found!) of the inscriptions on the wall. This one says ‘Susúrrame al oído’ or ‘Whisper in my ear’.
Although this spot is not as attractive as the previous ones, you still might go past it if you climb to the Mirador del Carmen viewpoint. So stop by and take a quick photo along the way!
Location: Whisper in my ear
Bonus! Calle San Sebastián viewpoint
We visited Setenil de las Bodegas at the beginning of April and it was the perfect time to see those purple Jacaranda tree blooms! We walked to a viewpoint on Calle San Sebastián and found these trees lined along the road.
If you walk the Calle San Sebastián street you will get some amazing views over the village, however, there is nothing extraordinary about these views as you can get similar ones in previously mentioned viewpoints.
Location: Calle San Sebastián viewpoint
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Setenil de las Bodegas is easily one of the most unique hidden gems in Andalusia. It is a must-see place in the South of Spain even if you can only visit the village for a couple of hours.
It will still be enough to walk around the most iconic streets and see cave houses. Maybe even have lunch in a cave restaurant? We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this village and were happy to spend a couple of days there. And I hope you enjoy it too!