Spain 2009: Andalusia 2 (Setenil and Olvera)

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After leaving Grazelema, we drove to Setenil de Las Bodegas.  This little town is built inside a narrow canyon.  An cliff-ringed island in the center of the canyon held a fortress and church.  Buildings are actually built into caves under the overhanging cliffs.  The town was a Moorish holdout for years during the Reconquista.  It fought 7 battles with the Christian town of Olvera, only a few miles away.  These seven battles and the wine cellars of the caves contributed to the town’s name.  Album here.

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The last town of the day was Olvera, dominating by a fortress and church on a tall hill.  Great views as clouds rolled in and the sun dropped lower into the sky. 

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