Museo del Vino (Wine Museum)
Favorite thing: Really, I suppose this tip shoul be placed last! I mean, fancy visiting a working wine museum, where you can sample the local produce, and then trying to find time to see the rest of the magnificent town!
Visitors can partake in a guided tour of the Museum and sample local wines of the area. The Museum has much more than just wine for you tu purchase. Really worth a look inside!
Fondest memory: The Museo del Vino (C/Carrera, 39) is open daily in summer from 11 am to 3 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m., and in winter from 11 am to 3 p.m., and 4 to 8 p.m.
Tel: 952 881 453.
Pretty Whitewashed Houses
Favorite thing: Ojen is one of those little villages which time seemed to leave behind. Not all of it, of course, but the older parts of the village are quite charming. Here, Carmen and Jaymes are strolling through one of the narrow streets.
Church of La Encarnación
Favorite thing: This pretty church, Church of La Encarnación , is to be found somewhere near the centre of the old town. We didn't have time to go inside, and I'm not sure if the church was actually open for casual visitors.
This 16th Century Church was built over an old mosque, the minaret of which survives as the present church spire and bell-tower. Inside, apparently, there is a single nave with a beautifully decorated timber ceiling. I have a note that a stone on the church read: Cofradia Del Snto Cristo Del Amor.
Favorite thing: Ojén has maintained its Andalusian charm, which is evident in the narrow and winding streets, some with steps; the small whitewashed houses with window pots and the traditional village square.
Favorite thing: Look up into the hillside, above the main street, and you will find several caves. I'm not sure if they are natural or perhaps hollowed out in ancient times. However, there are caves in the area where people did once live.
The Fountain of Youth??
Favorite thing: Here's an interesting water feature. Instead of just piping the spring water away, underground, the designers of this attractive 'waterfall' have created something modern, but well-fitting, into something old.
Carmen (Carmella71, Stacey (Beach Dog) and myself (Geoff Wright)
Fuente de los Chorros
Favorite thing: The Fuente de los Chorros flows through a series of channels dating back to Moorish times and is still used daily by the local population for drinking water, and for irrigating the local vegetable gardens and orange and lemon groves which expand and flourish down the mountain below the village.
Myself, Carmen, Stacey and Mary are sampling the water, dispelling a myth about drinking the local Spanish water! I can tell you that the water here was cool and sweet.
Under the Ornate Archway
Favorite thing: I'm not sure just what purpose this ornate archway serves, other than to add to the visible attractiveness of the local area. This little corner of Ojén had clearly been rebuilt in recent times!
Where to park?
Favorite thing: You won't be able to park in the old village, and parking on the main road, seen here in the photo, is also very limited. Eventually we were lucky, and found a parking place, where another motorist was just leaving.. It must be worse in the summer months!
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora
Favorite thing: church from the 16th century.
with a square Mudejar tower similar in structure to a minaret.
It is settled in the main square, that in carnivals and the festival (12 october), you can find the party.....
Favorite thing: But Ojén used to be famous for something a little stronger than water.
The production of the anise liqueur, aguardiente once played a major part in the town's economy.
Teh tradition has ben lost and they do not know the original recipe... whata pitty
Favorite thing: Walking through this white village you cannot fail to be impressed by the neat and tidy white houses, decorated with plants. This is so typical of Andalucia.
The town Spring.
Favorite thing: The town spring at Ojen, once used to supply the locals with water, behind you can see the containers for doing the laundry, and the watering of animals.
The town church
Favorite thing: Take a walk through this quaint white village and dont forget your camera.
Fondest memory: The village church located on the town square. Pavement cafes for refreshments.
Favorite thing: One of the features I love of Andalucian towns, the small alleyways deigned to shade the houses from the fierce summer sun and icy winter winds.