Most pueblos blancos in Southern Spain are perched high on a cliff with stunning sweeping views of a valley below. Senetil de Las Bodegas, however, has remarkable cliffs but is out of the ordinary because many people int his town literally live under the cliffs that surround the town. The people of Senetil have utilized the cliffs to their advantage to escape the scorching summers and frosty winters. Senetil must be growing because new homes are being built under the winding cliffs that lead up to this secluded town. The drive into Senetil from Olvera is unique because of the burned colored rock formations that jet down into a ravine where the Rio Trejo passes by olive groves and runs by Senetil The town itself, is quiet and although we did not pass a single person going into town it was surprisingly stirring for a sweltering day.
Although the town does not boast a lot of tourist attractions, the homes and shops under the cliffs have caused a stir over the last couple months and this place was named one of the top 25 most enchanting towns in Spain so hurry over before it gets popular. As far as I could tell, there were no American tourists, so it was nice. There are only nine restaurants in the town and since La Escueva was closed we decided to eat at Bar Tasca. The service was excellent and the bacon wrapped dates were on point. I also had a chorizo montadito and my husband loved the steak he had for lunch. We decided to eat inside as you can see the atmosphere was one of a kind.
This town would be a great stop over from Ronda or when driving back from Malaga. It is only two hours away from El Puerto De Santa Maria and is easily done as a day trip. I would recommend doubling this up with Olvera and seeing Senetil in all its morning glory before heading over to Olvera.