Protected from the winds by the hill on which is situated the castle of Villeta, Monda is a town full of history, declared a Paraje Pintoresco in 1971. Its means of communication with the coast are very good and within its environment, the practice of game hunting and small game hunting can be undertaken apart from potholing, climbing and hill-walking. A privileged place in which it is possible to combine rural tourism with vacations at the seaside.
The white village of Monda lies 20km north of Marbella on the A-355 road, set in small plots of agricultural land and behind the high Sierra de la Nieves mountains. The village is famous for its Roman castle, which crowns the village and is now a popular hotel and restaurant. The Marbella Gun and Country Club is also nearby. Monda has several small shops, two banks, numerous restaurants and a school. The village remains essentially Spanish, although English is spoken in most places.
Many historians have identified Monda with the ancient Roman city of Munda Bética, place in which the bloody battle between Caesar and Pompeii was waged in 45BC. The town belonged to the Caliphate of Córdoba and after the Christian reconquest, its Muslim inhabitants were expelled from their lands in Muslim inhabitants were expelled from their lands in 1570.
The Parish Church of Santiago Apostle from the Sixteenth Century and the Castle of La Villeta, today converted into a luxury hotel are two interesting monuments to visit. Furthermore, also recommended to visit are the Arab mills, El Calvario from the Eighteenth Century and the remains of a Roman road.
The day of La Sopa Mondeña celebrated at the beginning of Spring, is its most characteristic festivity.
Furthermore, Holy Week and the Fair Of San Roque, which takes place between the 15th and the 18th of August are interesting.
The most characteristic dish of the Mondeña gastronomy is tomato soup (la sopa de tomate). The works of its craftsmen are especially recognised, highlighting the pottery, the saddlery, the forging of railings and the esparto.
Monda is increasingly popular with foreign buyers looking for cheaper property than that found on the coast. The type of property available is mainly village townhouses or country properties, most of which have large plots of land.