Monda is situated at 377 metres altitude, at
the foot of a great Arabic fort which dominates the Málaga depression, the shelter of the
sierra. The villa of Monda belonged to the caliphate of Cordoba and in the 18th century
was a stronghold. The Muslim inhabitants were expelled from the lands in 1570.
Because of the beauty of its fields and the
traditional Nazari plots, its was declared, together with its surroundings, "a
picturesque landscape" in 1971.
Monda celebrates its festivities from the
15th to the 18th of August in honour of the patron saint, San Roque. Among its popular
traditions it is worth mentioning the processions at Easter. Among the places which are
worth visiting there are the remains of the Arabic castle, the Teja bridge of Roman
origins, the remains of a roadway from the same era, and the Arabic mills.
Among the typical dishes of the gastronomy of
Monda, there are the tomato soups, the kid with garlic, and some delicious wine cakes
among the confectionery.
In the whole municipal district of Monda, as
in other areas of the Natural Park of Sierra de las Nieves, small and big game hunting can
be practised, as well as speleology and of course climbing and trekking. Among the typical
products offered by the Monda lands there is honey, olives, citrics and the famous marble
quarry. Regarding the handicraft in Monda, there are leather works, saddlery, and railing
forging, activities which form an interesting industry.
The visitor will feel totally attracted by
the beauty of the sceneries in the municipal district of this villa in the Natural Park of
Sierra de las Nieves.
Monda shows a beautiful contrast between the
white of the whitewashed houses and the green of the olives and orange trees, the whole
town oozing with aromas.
Monda basic information