Just 10km separate Marbella from Ojén a pretty town belonging to the Sierra de las Nieves.
A visit to Ojén is a perfect chance to do some rural tourism, and discover that Marbella is not just a beach.
If you would like to escape from the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol and Marbella then Ojén is a peaceful and calm spot.
Even though its nearness to Marbella would make you think otherwise, arriving in Ojén is like arriving in another planet: the Sierra de las Nieves? countryside is made up of woods, pools, small rivers and valleys, and white villages of Arabic origin, pure Andaluz style.
It is somewhere you can walk about, sit in a small bar and take a drink while talking to the locals, so far away from the crowded Costa del Sol.
It?s easy to get here; it?s just 10km from Marbella and the road while a bit winding is easy to drive on. All you have to do is leave the A-7 on the Marbella-Ojén exit: it?s very easy to recognise the exit as it is right next to the Fire Station, and it is the same you will probably have been using if you?ve been going to the La Cañadashopping centre.
Once you leave the motorway behind you will be driving on the A-355 and just need to carry on until you arrive at the village.
It?s all well sign posted so you won?t have any problems.
Now, all you have to do is walk around, maybe start at the Fuente de los Chorros (fountain) or the Oil Grinder Museum.
The Mirador (viewpoint), the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Church, the Low and High Caves and the Eras are all places and monuments worth visiting, but to be honest just walking round the village streets is a pleasant experience in itself.
Those who love trekking should go to the Juanar Refuge, various different, interesting, routes leave from here. This is one of the most known areas of the municipality, a great place to enjoy nature and outdoor activities.
If you would like to visit under no pressure, you should spend a whole day of your holidays in Ojén, so you can also enjoy the rural side of the Costa del Sol.
Take your time and enjoy, you will go back to Marbella relaxed and happy.
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