The Culture councillorship has the competence, among others, to manage and promote culture in the society of Setenil de las Bodegas.
Setenil has remarkable customs and legends like:
El Vivillo (The scrounger): He was a bandit famous in September 1893 because of the robbery to the carnies of the village who were coming back from Villamartín. He also stole 2000 peseta coins to a person from Setenil, Mr. Pedro. His name was Joaquín Carmago, natural from Estepa. His nickname comes from his agility and dexterity.
El Peñón de los Enamorados (The lover’s rock): This is the name given to a characteristic place with views of Setenil. The legend tells that it has this name because it was the meeting place of a Moroccan girl and her qadi (a muslim judge). As in those ages a qadi wasn’t allowed to fall in love with anybody from the village, they had to meet secretly at the moonshine.
El niño que llora (The boy who cries): In La Molinilla, the name of a bridge of the brook of Alcalá, very near from Seteneil, it is said that in the dark and quiet nights, a boy crying can be heard. The story tells that in the 40’s, a woman single and in love got pregnant. That pregnancy went on and the boy was born, but people rejected her and made her feel bad. The woman decided then, to launch her newborn baby from a cliff to the river. This way, the voice of that boy seems to be heard with the burdening of the river.
Any person interested in expanding the list of customs and legends of Setenil, make contact with the Culture councillorship through the City Council.
A wide variety of famous and literary characters who talk about Setenil can be found in the section Me gusta Setenil from the local blog Imagina Seteneil, characters like Gerardo Diego, Rafael Cremades or Ezequiel Martínes talk or have written about the virtues of our village.
The Festivities councillorship is responsible for the management of the different festivities carried out in Setenil.
Some festivities should be remarkable:
- Festivities in behalf of the patron Saint Sebastián (20th January).
- Carnival (the date depends on the season): popular passacaglia, costume contests and groups in different modalities of children and adults.
- Easter (the date depends on the season): declared as Festival of National Tourist Interest of Andalucía, it has a great popular support and cultural tradition in which it is unique the rivalry between two brotherhoods; Vera Cruz (the white) and Nuestro Padre Jesús (the black).
- Saint Isidro Labrador Pilgrimage: it is celebrated the weekend closest to San Isidro festivity (the 15th May). It is a cultural, religious and social demonstration which defines along its natural values, the identity of our locality and its people.
- At the beginning of June (depending on the calendar) the Corpus procession takes place, very typical because of its balconies and streets adorned with palms and tapestries as well as altars put throughout the itinerary.
- Around the 16th July, the Festivity of Sra. del Carmen (Local Patron) takes place. Novena and procession of Virgen del Carmen. Popular open-hair dance in Carmen square enliven by shows and orchestras.
- At the beginning of August, there are Fairs and Festivities that in the past were celebrated in behalf of Saint Bartolomé.
The area of Patrimony: the main attractive of this village is formed by the village itself, due to the beauty and originality of its urban framework, adapted to the course of the river Guadalporcum. It is an exceptional example of a kind of home called “abrigo bajo rocas” that, unlike other half-troglodyte constructions developed in Andalucía, it doesn’t dig in the rock but it closes the rocky wall and develops the house longitudinally. Several streets are remarkable like Cuevas del Sol, Cuevas de la Sombra, Herrería, Jabonerías, Cabrerizas…
As laic and religious monuments stand out:
- San Sebastián Chapel: it was built at the beginning of the 16th Century and it is located in the highest part of the village,that is the Christian building of Setenil. A popular legend tells that the avocation, by which the chapel is below, is due to the siege of the village, while the Queen Elizabeth was giving birth a premature baby who died a few hours after it was born and who was named Sebastián.
- Nuestra Señora del Carmen Chapel: It is located in the neighborhood of Cerrillo. Its construction dates from the 18th Century, and it can be visited by asking for it to the adjacent house or to the house of the devoted.
- Saint Benito Chapel: It is located in the neighborhood with the same name. It was built in the 14th – 15th Centuries and it is a temple of reference for the brotherhood and Nuestro Padre Jesús (the black).
- Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church: It is located in Plaza de la Villa. Its construction started in the late 15th century and the first decade of the 16th Its architectonical style is late-gothic and in the interior there are preserved images like a chasuble that the Catholic Monarchs gifted to officiate the first mass and several cult objects of important valor. It has suffered a recent remodeling. It serves as temple of reference for the brotherhood of Saint Vera Cruz (the white).
- Former Council House: It was probably erected at the beginning of the 16th C and it is remarkable because of a rich coffered ceiling of Mudejar tracery with jointed rafters, of which inferior side can be read a commemorative inscription about the date when Setenil was conquered by the Catholic Monarchs on 21st September 1484. Currently this building holds the Tourism Office of Setenil.
- Fortified Tower: It was built between the 12th and 13th Centuries and it was token by the Arabs in 1484. It is a singular and versatile building that after the restoration some years ago, serves as place for different exhibitions.
- Wall: Located in the perimeter of the area known as la villa. Its recent restoration in different phases increases the valor of the whole area and transforms the typical image of Setenil.
City Councilor-Delegate: Mrs. Virginia Villalón Domínguez.