The village of Ojen can be found ten miles northeast of Marbella on the inland route which connects with Malaga. The town sits adjacent to the Arroyo de Almada, in a very peaceful land rich in water, surrounded by the Sierra Blanca, which is owned by the IARA, and Alpujata and is rich in iron ore, nickel, lead, talc and dunite. The Peñoncillo iron mine was exploited by an English company and employed many people from the locality and Marbella. The proximity of the sea gives Ojen has a temperate climate, despite it being a typical mountain village. The mountains of the municipality have great Mediterranean forests of oaks, cork oaks, pines, agaves and cacti, coming right to the edge of the road.
The village of Ojen stands 310 metres above sea level, recording an average rainfall of 800 l/m2 and an average temperature of 17 º C.
Ojén cuisine is characterized by the use of self-produced natural products such as legumes, vegetables, game, goat cheese, milk and fruit. These products made rich dishes such as boiled soup or broth soup, peas with rice or noodles, bean pipeao, fennel bolus, rice with cod and almond gazpacho.
Is also typical of the cuisine the rabbit with tomato and partridge stew.
As for the pastry, there are diferent donuts, cakes, fritters, shortbread, etc.
From any point of the Costa del Sol, take the motorway A-7 (N-340) to Marbella, from there take the A-355, which is a very well signposted route to Ojén.
Distances from Ojén
Coin 25 km
Malaga 53 km
Monda 11 km
Marbella 10 km
Estepona 34 km
There are many Caves in the district that were used as a place of shelter by Neolithic families whose lifestyle was becoming ever more sedentary. The said caves have been used, in the past, as a place of refuge for livestock.
These two caves, of singular features, were restored and opened in November 2005: the Cave of the Bells is next to the road and, a little further up, we will find the Cave of the Columns, where the castle used to stand, a vantage point from where we can take a magnificent picture of the town and of the entire valley. We many also enjoy the landscape with its charming views that combine the blue of the sea, the green of the mountains and gardens and the white of the town´s streets and houses.