Monda sits atop a hill, in the foothills of La Sierra de las Nieves; its municipal area forms part of the Sierra de las Nieves National Park. The town is located slightly inland, just past Ojen, 15 minutes drive from the seaside resort of Marbella.
The focal point of the town is the La Villeta Castillo (Castle), which crowns the hill that Monda inhabits. Built on the ruins of the former Arabic fortress and rehabilitated for tourist purposes as a hotel and restaurant; the castle provides a beautiful setting to enjoy dinner with a panoramic views to the Guadalhorce valley and Malaga bay.
The typically Andalusian town with its whitewashed houses, steep and winding narrow streets, more appropriate for people on foot and donkeys, than the local cars which wind round the bends with particular skill. The facades of the houses are typically overloaded with blooming flowerpots hanging from the walls or the small balconies.
You still see old farmers crossing the square with their loaded donkeys on their way to their olive and orange groves. The surrounding fields are cultivated as they have been forever.
Monda is a lively and very real Spanish pueblo, although there are now many foreign residents who have chosen a typical Spanish environment, rather than the more cosmopolitan urbanizations located down on the 'costa'.
Monda is situated in perfect natural surroundings in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park. It's a fantastic environment for outdoor lovers, where you can enjoy diverse activities such as horse riding, rambling or trekking, bird watching, mountain biking, paintballing, canyoning, 4x4 circuits, kayaking and more.
It is so peaceful and beautiful; it seems hard to believe that you are just 15 minutes away from the bright lights of the coast.
Eating out & nightlife
Monda is home to a good selection of bars, restaurants and there is even a local disco or two, none of which spoil the local atmosphere. Again the castle is home to a very fine dining restaurant, which also holds events such as concerts and plays.
Monda enjoys the sub-tropical Mediterranean climate, which has hot summers and warm winters. Divided from the sea by the mountains means the heat can soar in summer, but it remains comfortable for the most part. Temperatures are an average of 32ºC in summer.
City. Monda 900 m.
Airport. Malaga 40 km. 35min.
Beach. Marbella 15 km. 15min.
Golf. Alhaurin Golf 10 km. 15min