religious building from the 18th century
The town of Monda is situated on the sides of a
small hill upon which sits what was once an ancient castle and is now a
luxury hotel. The surrounding landscape is made up of olive groves and
vegetable plots, contrasting with the small, white houses on the hillsides.
The flatter land to the north borders with the neighbouring Coin
municipality, while over the hills to the northwest is the town of Guaro.
The history of the place is ancient. One of the most important dates is
March 17th, 45 B.C., when Julius Caesar defeated the brothers
Cneo and Sexto Pompey in the Battle of Munda. At stake was the Roman Empire,
no less, and it survived the great battle in what is now Monda. At the end
of the 9th century, when the rebel leader Omar Ben Hafsun led his
rebellion, the castle of El Mundat was re-constructed, only to be destroyed
once more by the Moorish chief Said Ibn Al-Mundir. The castle was
re-constructed again around the 11th century by the Hammudies,
and by the 13th century Monda had become an important part of the
Moorish defensive structure. The Captain of the Catholic Monarchs, Hurtado
de Luna, captured the town in the early summer of 1485, and he was awarded
the governorship of the town. At that time Monda was under the jurisdiction
of Malaga, and the remaining Moors were allowed stay on as Moriscos (Moors
"converted" to Christianity) until the rebellion of 1501 in the
Ronda Mountains, when they were first forced to convert in 1570, later to be
expelled definitively. Monda played an important role in the fight against
the French in the War of Independece in 1811, the Spanish general
Ballesteros leading his guerilla fighters against the forces of Soul, Duke
of Dalmacia, from the area. The Castel of Monda thus became an important
symbol of resistance.
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This house was a bakery for many generations, and now one can see
inside the various utensils used for the baking of bread, along
with furniture of the period and other objects from the past that
make a visit to the place really worthwhile.
Archaeological remains found in the castle date it as a Roman
construction of the 3rd century B.C. It was conquered by Saib Ibn
Al-Mundir in 920 A.D., and restored in the 11th century
by the Hammudíes, as a refuge for Gomeres de Hamet el Zegrí. The
forces of the Catholic Monarchs took it in 1485, and it was
partially demolished in 1498. Now restored as a luxury hotel, it
conserves part of the original walls from Moorish times. Its
one-time importance can be confirmed by a royal order praising the
Christian leadership for having captured the castle, and another
complaining that the reforms ordered were not being done as well
This church was built in 1505 and restored four years ago with the
full collaboration of the people of the town. Of special interest
inside are the Chapel of Jesus, dating from the 16th
century, and the Chapel of the Virgin, with a Baroque gesso vault.
Outside, the most interesting items are the doorway, with a large
arch and coat of arms of the bishop Fray Luis Alonso de Santo
Tomás, and the round tile showing Santiago, donated by Jiménez
Fountain of La Jaula and Calvario
The Fuente de la Jaula, mentioned in documents dating from 1572,
is a covered public washing place, open in the front with arches
and with a permanent flow of water feeding it. This water flows
from the fountain into the surrounding lands of Pitalata and
Huerto. The Calvario is a religious construction from the 18th
century on a patch of ground of the same name, housing a holy
statue in its niche. To the right of it one can see the Stations
of the Cross.
Castillo de Monda. International cuisine. Terrace and
dining room. La Villeta, s/n. Tel:
952 457 142.
Restaurante Fonda Casa La Mariana.
Local cooking and tapas. Terrace. Plaza de la Constitución, 6.
Tel: 952 457 564.
Restaurante Gun & Golf.
International cuisine, large terrace, shooting club. Cuesta de la
Herrera, s/n. Tel: 952
Restaurante Bar de la Rubia.
Home cooking. Plaza de la Ermita, 7. Tel: 952 450 044.
Bar Hnos. Vera. Paseo de la Villa, 1, Bar Central.
Plaza de Andalucía, 1, Bar La Jaula. C/Valdescobas, 41, Bar
Luna. C/Valdescobas, 30, Bar del Sur. Pza. de la
Mundatluz. Llanos de Purla, Km 27.Ctra
Marbella-Monda. Tel: 952 113 232.
Hotel Castillo de Monda(3*).
Extramuros. Tel: 952 457 142.
Casa rural La Mariana.
Plaza de la Constitución, 6. Tel: 654 119 464.
Casa rural Guajar. Paraje
Guajar. Tel: 952 457 422.
Casa rural Lola. C/Estación.
Tel:952 112 716.
Accommodation in the province of Malaga
Fuente de la Jaula
(16th century ), officially declared to be of Cultural
Holy Week is the most import festival in
Monda. The Hermandad Sacramental y Penitencial brotherhood walks in
procession down the streets on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, doing the
traditional Stations of the Cross. Other interesting festivals include the
carnival, the ferias in honour of the town’s patron saint, San Roque, on
August 16th, Christmas and the Día de la Sopa Mondeña (Day of
Monda Soup), a tradition celebrated on a Sunday in March aimed to
propagate the culinary virtues of the most typical dish of the town, made
with bread, peppers, tomato, garlic, olive oil and eggs. This festival is
organised by the Delegation of Culture of the Monda Town Hall, with the
participation of the Association of Young People of Monda.
Apart from the Monda soup
mentioned above, other specialities of the town’s cuisine include mostly
pork products. Monda has a great deal of land under cultivation, and this
provides the town with ample supplies of olive oil, citrus fruits, almonds
and honey. The pastries of the area are also well known, normally made
specifically for certain festivals.
There are three trekking route
in the area around Monda. One is the Ruta de los Cantosales, which takes
one through almond and olive groves, and areas where oak and carob trees
grow in abundance, to the area where the battle of Munda took place. The
Ruta de los Molinos Árabes is a walk through the southern mountains, to a
wooded area with a small stream and waterfalls that flow into the plains
of Alpujatar. And finally, the Ruta de Moratán links Monda with Istán
and Tolox, through the Nature Park of the Sierra de las Nieves and the
Sierra de la Canucha.