The name - Ojen - is derived from an Arabic word, hoxán, meaning a "rough" or "bitter" place. In common with other inland villages such as Istán, Ojén was spared the Christians' embargo on the Moors living too close to the sea after the Reconquest.
CLOSE TO THE COAST
Ojen is for those who would like to enjoy the pleasures of the Costa de Sol combined with a taste of village life in the hills above Marbella.
The town is situated beside the Almadán stream surrounded by the Sierra Blanca and the Sierra Alpujata. Both ranges of mountains have been rich sources of talc, nickel, iron and lead. This mineral wealth put the area in the forefront of the Spanish industrial revolution during the 19th century.
The town of Ojeneta was famous in the 19th and early 20th centuries for its herb brandy - a recipe now sadly lost - and was portrayed by Picasso in his painting entitled Bodegón Español.
The Mill Museum is an accurate restoration of a traditional olive oil mill, where you can also see handcrafted esparto grass and wood carving.
Las Cuevas is an enclave that shows a glimpse of daily life in the past. Inside, a constant temperature that is cool in summer and warm in winter.
PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK