Ojén is a lovely villa which is situated at ten kilometres
from Marbella, with white houses and narrow streets which remind of its Arabic past. Most
of the 1990 inhabitants work in the tourist sector, although they used to work the iron
mines exploited by an English company. Ojén is situated next to the Almadán brook, in a
tranquil spot rich in water, and surrounded by the Blanca and Alpujata sierras. The
closeness of the sea makes this town have a mild climate, in spite of its being a typical
Among the monuments there are the church and the remains of
an Arabic castle.
One of the places to rest from the bustle is the Juanar Inn
refuge, which was built in 1906 by the Marquis of Larios as a hunting refuge and was
visited by Alfonso XIII. In the restaurant of the Refuge it is worth tasting the typical
dishes of the town, such as lamb, pickled partridge, pheasant, rabbit, venison or quail
chasseur, as well as mountain goat meat in the hunting season. Another of the typical
dishes of Ojén is the gazpacho with grapes and almonds, as well as the popular cod
omelettes and rice with fennel.
One of the typical products which gave Ojén fame was the
aguardiente liquor, popularized with the motto "half a cup of Ojén".
The festivities in Ojén are celebrated from the 9th to the
12th of October, in honour of the patron saint, San Dionisio Areopajita. The
characteristic of the Ojén fair is that there are no stalls and it is celebrated in the
town square. In the first fortnight of August, Ojén is converted into the Malaga capital
of flamenco and many tourists and residents of the coast come to the festival of Flamenco
singing, which lasts all night.
On the 1st of May they make the pilgrimage to Cerezal, and on
the 1st of November they celebrate the tradition "toots" and the pilgrimage to
the Cruz de Juaná.
Ojén basic information
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