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White villages of Andalusia: a guide to Setenil, Spain

I know the Andalusian white villages are just your cup-of-tea. Mine too! When I was preparing the trip for the south of Spain, I only had a vague idea of the places I wanted to visit. I didn’t know the spectacle that was awaiting for me to discover. And today I’m talking about the spectacle of Setenil de las Bodegas. Check now my guide to Setenil, Spain.

So for the first part of the trip we’ve been wandering around these beautiful white villages, hopping around, discovering new one every day. After presenting my white village crush called Frigiliana, it was soon enough the turn for Ronda. This mesmerizing white village with a huge UNESCO heritage bridge stood for a while on my bucket list of places to see in this life.

And since from our day trip to Ronda we manage to allocate 3 hours for Setenil de las Bodegas, I will tell you how to do exactly so.

White villages of Andalusia: a guide to Setenil, Spain. Plushy in Setenil de las Bodegas
One of the best miradores in Setenil, Spain

White villages of Andalusia: a guide to Setenil, Spain

Get the information needed for Setenil de las Bodegas

Right, I told you in my previous post with Ronda, that we stopped by the Tourist Office in Ronda to get the information needed. In Ronda we asked for a map of Setenil and got the bus information for going there.

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How to go to Setenil de las Bodegas

There are two possibilities for easily visiting Setenil while in Ronda:

  • by car; if you came all the way to Ronda by car, this is maybe the easiest way to visit Setenil, as it grants you a lot of flexibility on your schedule. The downside is that in the high season it’s difficult to find a parking spot in Setenil.
  • by bus; another easy way for going to Setenil from Ronda, is to take the bus. While you avoid the hustle of finding a parking lot, you will face the problem of synchronizing your visit with the bus’ schedule. It’s feasible, but it requires some planning and sticking to the plan. Find below all you need to know about the bus transfer.

There are other two options, which I definitely don’t recommend if you are on a tight budget or a tight schedule:

  • by train; there is a train station at 5-6 km from the downtown area. Maybe you can find a taxi to drop you in Setenil, but from my perspective it’s not worthy.
  • by taxi; or if you have money to splurge, just grab a taxi the whole way from Ronda to Setenil. But that’s on you, I don’t have info on that, sorry.
White villages of Andalusia: a guide to Setenil, Spain. View over the village, with stairs descending between the white houses
View over the village, with stairs descending between the white houses

Bus information for going to Setenil from Ronda

I’ll put in this section the bus information for going from Ronda to Setenil, Spain, because when I was preparing this trip, I haven’t found any clue on how to actually go there, how much it costs and at what time the bus passes.

Hence, I’ve gathered for you some info worth your time.

Bus lines: several buses on line 66 and one bus on line 6 per day.

Company: Grupo Paco Pepe.

Bus fare: 1.80€ per way per person (in 2018).

Bus schedule: Please find below the bus schedule for line 66.

Ronda – SetenilSetenil – Ronda
DepartureArrivalDepartureArrival
8:459:309:3010:15
11:5012:3512:3513:20
13:3014:1514:1515:00
15:00*15:4515:45*16:30
18:0018:4518:4519:30

* Only during school time. More info here.

Please find below the bus schedule for line 6. This line goes between Malaga and Setenil both ways, passing through Ronda.

Ronda – SetenilSetenil – Ronda
DepartureArrivalDepartureArrival
16:1517:157:158:00

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Walking around Setenil, Spain

For visiting Setenil de las Bodegas you only need a map. It can be the one from the Tourist Office in Ronda, or one on your phone. I usually have Maps.me on the phone, downloaded before hand.

There are several Miradores across this white village and all of them offer spectacular views over Setenil. There are also a couple of historic buildings, among them, the cathedral/church on top of the hill.

In almost two hours you can view the most of Setenil without rushing. We chose to grab something to eat from the restaurant area. We ordered a take-away and we went to the mirador above in order to have a picnic with a view.

White villages of Andalusia: a guide to Setenil, Spain. Restaurant are in Setenil de las Bodegas
Restaurant area in Setenil, Spain
White villages of Andalusia: a guide to Setenil, Spain. Restaurant area under the rock in Setenil, Spain
Restaurant area under the rock in Setenil, Spain
White villages of Andalusia: a guide to Setenil, Spain. Street under the rock in Setenil, Spain
Street under the rock in Setenil, Spain

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Everyone talks about and visits touristy places.
But would you take your time and actually explore a place that’s kind of off beaten paths?
What’s your favourite off beaten place you’ve ever visited and why?
Let me know in the comment section below.

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