Setenil de las Bodegas

March 22, 2019, 9:25 a.m.

I’m back! It’s been awhile since my last blog. This past week was a whirlwind of traveling, studying, and hosting Gage here in Europe! Nevertheless, I left you with a blog post about my trip to Ronda and promised a second part that never came. Well, here it is!

If you haven’t read my blog post about Ronda—called ‘On the Edge of Town’—stop right now and have a quick read.

Now, let’s pick up where we left off and finish the story of this day in the town of Setenil de Las Bodegas.

The first view of the white hillside is blinding—even from a bus with tinted windows. From the second we stepped off the bus, my ears were filled with “ooh’s and ahh’s” and the sounds of cameras clicking. This town looks like an absolute paradise in the middle of pretty much nowhere.

The travel company took us on a walking tour through the somewhat small town. We wove up and down the hillside to get the best views and find the cutest little streets.

The white walls made for a nice portrait background along the way!

This spot was my personal favorite. It says, “Kiss me in this corner.”

By now you’ve probably noticed one defining characteristic of this town: the giant rock structures that shape the landscape of the whole city. The historic ‘rock dwellings’ here are basically what put Setenil on the map as far as tourism goes.

Streets of the town are completely built into the cave-like rock formations. In many shops, the ceilings and walls are made up entirely of the stone which they were built into.

The locals casually stroll through the streets as is there weren’t thousands of tons of solid boulders right above their heads.

To end our trip, we settled in to a café in a large cove and sipped on some coffee and Coca-Cola’s. At this point, I’ve been drinking more Coke than I have water.

Once again, I have found that the least planned or researched part of the trip—which in this case was Setenil—was my favorite. In fact, I’m beginning to think it’s not a coincidence anymore. It brings to mind this Bible verse, which is what I will leave you with today:

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” -Proverbs 16:9

Praise the Lord that the best parts of the journey are the ones that we don’t even know about yet!