The People In This Spanish Town Are Literally Living Under A Rock.

Crabby uncles and various other old men like to ask this question when someone doesn’t know what’s going on: What are you, living under a rock?

Usually, the rhetorical jab is met with eyerolls, but if you lived here, in Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain, you could respond with, “Yes, I do live under a rock, and it’s actually quite lovely.”

Setenil de las Bodegas is a town of about 3,000 inhabitants, many of whom have residences under this huge rock formation.
Setenil de las Bodegas is a town of about 3,000 inhabitants, many of whom have residences under this huge rock formation. - The People In This Spanish Town Are Literally Living Under A Rock.
Photo: Juan Antonio Patiño Méndez

The rock covering is actually a gorge that has been slowly eroded by the Rio Trejo over the centuries.
The rock covering is actually a gorge that has been slowly eroded by the Rio Trejo over the centuries. - The People In This Spanish Town Are Literally Living Under A Rock.
Photo: Juan Antonio Patiño Méndez
The oldest homes in the city can be found under the gorge, and new construction rests on the hillside above.
The oldest homes in the city can be found under the gorge, and new construction rests on the hillside above. - The People In This Spanish Town Are Literally Living Under A Rock.
Photo: luiscifermex

When first settled, this area actually made an excellent place to live: The shadows of the gorge provided a natural way for people to stay out of the heat.
When first settled, this area actually made an excellent place to live: The shadows of the gorge provided a natural way for people to stay out of the heat. - The People In This Spanish Town Are Literally Living Under A Rock.
Photo: Judith