Be the Queen of Your Spanish Castle at Castillo de Monda
April 25, 2018
If you want to be the Lord of all you survey, you have to work for it. Clambering up the steepest hill of the beautiful, rugged town of Monda, in the heart of the Andalucian mountains, we earned that privilege with a night’s stay at Castillo de Monda.
Up we trudged to the top to our castle residence. A beautiful hotel set among, and built into castle ruins. Its history dates back to the Moors and possesses fine style and artwork that transports you to another turbulent yet sumptuous age.
After marveling at the pool area and then checking in, we were lead to our quarters, heaving our weary limbs just a little further. Up to the top of the tallest tower, we were greeted by the most spectacular views across Spain which would have truly irked Sleeping Beauty to have slept through in her castle! Although when I saw the four-poster bed, a little bit of me could have forgiven her.
Being greeted by a complimentary bottle of Cava was a wonderful way to acquaint ourselves with our gorgeous surroundings. We explored our suite and enjoyed the sunset over the mountains from our enormous balcony, the size of most patio terraces. As well as that, one of the suite’s more unique features was a deep bath with a tap in the shape of an enormous marble lion’s mask.
Suitably refreshed, we headed down to the Albacar Restaurant for a divine supper created by head chef Jaap Schaafsma. Opting for a half of dozen local oysters to start and the most tender venison to finish, my dining partner in crime tucked into crispy asian style chicken spring rolls followed by Sucada Beef Steak in a rich truffle sauce.
As well as lush gardens and the truly special views, Castillo de Monda has a hidden gem of a pool that overlooks the town below. You can enjoy a cocktail on one of the many hidden little terraces and wander round the nooks and crannies, imagining yourself as a character in a fairy story.
Breakfast is a vast delicious buffet of local meats, cheeses and freshly baked goodies. And of course, the obligatory glass of Cava or two, if you’re feeling naughty. A wonderful end to a wonderful day, we decided to take in the evening air on this gorgeous hotel’s cobbled courtyard and admire the vista of rugged Monda below.
The town of Monda below has about a dozen thriving tavernas and tasty tapas bars and a pleasant square for idling. But for true Monda style and some old school glamour, the Castillo is the place to be.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Hayley Coyle