Ojen, in the province of Malaga , Information, history and Property for Sale and Rent
description : It is situated beside the Almadan stream above the valley of the rio Real at an altitude of 650ft, hemmed in by the sierras Blanca and Alpujata.In that, we may have a clue to the Moors determination to stay in spite of their apparent antipathy, for both ranges of mountains have long been known as rich sources of talc, nickel, iron and lead.This mineral wealth put the area in the forefront of the Spanish industrial revolution of the 19th Century.
History of Ojen
history : Its name is derived from an Arabic word, hoxan, meaning -rough or bitter place.It seems a curious description to give to such a tranquil and beautiful spot, and even more curious that the Moors should establish a settlement in a place they presumably did not care for.But they did, and in common with other inland villages such as Istan, it was allowed to survive the Christians embargo on Moors living too close to the sea after the reconquest
Things to visit in Ojen
to visit : Of more interest to the visitor is the old part of town which spreads down the mountainside on the other side of the road.Here the cobbled streets are narrow and well served by welcome drinking fountains.But Ojen used to be famous for something a little stronger than water.The production of the anise liqueur, aguardiente, which many Spaniards take each day with their morning coffee, once played a major part in the towns economy.
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