The town of Setenil de las Bodegas in Spain has an unusual quirk. A large number of its restaurants, workplaces and dwellings are set into the rock which overhangs the Rio Trejo, occupying natural caves in the mountain itself.
One of the Pueblos Blancos (White Towns) of Andalucia, Setenil stands out from the other settlements – which were mainly built on bluffs and pinnacles – with its buildings appearing to emerge directly from the rocks. Some of the buildings have gardens and even olive groves on their natural roofs.
Habitation of the town dates back to the 12th Century, when Setenil’s castle was built. Despite the rocks which overhang the narrow streets, the town still sees plenty of light and life with the bright white buildings reflecting the sun all year round.
Setenil has been a popular tourist spot for many years, with festivals taking place in all seasons. The beautiful, unique arrangement of the town has proved a fascinating sight for visitors to witness, with a number of historic buildings that have survived many centuries sheltered by the rocks. (Check out this gallery at Environmental Graffiti.)