"Ojén in Andalucia" Ojén by Geoff_Wright

Ojén Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 71 photos

Some History of the Town

Ojen lies about 10 km from Marbell, between the Sierra Alpujata and the Sierra Blanca, on the road to Coin.One of the highlights of the area is the El Juanar Valley, an area of immense natural beauty, with its winding roads and steep hillsides. The village itself is surrounded by orchards and retains its original Arabic theme, with houses built on different levels to accomodate the mountainside on which they stand, and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in the Province. This is a small village, with a population of some 2,000, that remains unspoiled and is very typically Spainsh.

Sites of interest include the Church of the Encarnación(16th Century), the Mill Museum, the Los Chorros Fountain, and the Caves of Ojén.

Mary, with Jaymes hiding, in the narrow road, with the Wine Museum opposite, and the high Sierra behind.

The history Ojen can be traced back to the Andalusi-Arabic period, the Moors having arrived here in 711, when it was known as Oxen or Hoxan, meaning “rugged place”.

According to the old records, in front of the village walls, which have long since disappeared, Abderraman III’s soldiers fought against the Muladíes (Christian converts to Islam), led by Omar Ben Hafsun in rebellion against the dominance of the Emirate of Cordoba. Having defeated the muladíes, Caliph Abderraman III ordered the building of a mosque as proof of Moslem supremacy over Christian converts.

After the village was recaptured by the Catholic Monarchs in 1485, one hundred moriscos (Moslem converts to Christianity) and four Christians remained, all of whom were solely involved in agricultural tasks. By the mid 16th century the moriscos had tired of the excessive taxes which they were obliged to pay, set fire to the village and its church and fled to the Alpujarra region. By the end of the century, the village was virtually abandoned, and it was not until 1600 that it was repopulated by settlers from La Roda de Andalucia.

  • Last visit to Ojén: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 15, 2004
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  • MATIM's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2006 at 10:34 AM

    pity I missed this place, have to think about going next time I am in Marbella

  • Callavetta's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2005 at 12:32 PM

    What a lovely place. I think it would be very restful to live there for awhile.

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2004 at 1:57 PM

    Did you partake of the water from the Fountain of Youth Geoff? :-) Looks a real pretty place, and the wine museum sounds worth a trip.

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2003 at 4:33 AM

    No, no. The forth one was taking a picture, not a drink, LOL!

  • Carmela71's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2003 at 4:11 AM

    3???? lol I see there 4!!!!

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