Ojen is a small town located between Sierra Blanca and Alpujarra and just behind Marbella. The town exists within the limits of the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park and the town, housing 2000 inhabitants has become a tourist destination for those looking for the traditional Spanish experience.
The town, which once formed part of Marbella, has the appeal of a typical Costa del Sol village. It has a Moorish and Arabic history which is ever present in the town’s architecture and structure and it is thought that the Romans once inhabited this small town.
Ojen’s most famous landmarks include the Parish Church (“Nuestra Señora de la Encarnacion”) which was built over a mosque during the period in which the Arabs inhabited the town, the Wine Museum and the caves which are thousands of years old.
The town also boasts a Flamenco Singing Festival in July and a Festival honouring their patron saint, San Dionisio Aeropagita, from the 9th to the 12th of October.
Ojen is extremely well known for their gastronomy and most of its fame is based on the natural products used in cooking. Their typical dishes include ‘gazpacho de almendras’ (a soup made from vegetables and almonds), ‘los chicharros con arroz y fideos’ (rice with peas and noodles) and a speciality fennel dish.