Sitting in a rocky hill high above the white village of Monda, el Castillo de Monda has witnessed centuries of history. Dating from the Phoenicians, Roman times, it was the Arabic invaders who built the fortress and village here. Evidence is all around. The actual hotel is built on towers and walls of the Arabic fortress. It is an important strategic position commanding the Guadalhorce Valley to the bay of Málaga with the Sierra Nevada visible in the distance. History lingers in the Castillo's nooks and crannies.