Ojen is located beside the Almadán above the valley of the rio Real at an altitude of 650ft, hemmed in by the sierras Blanca and Alpujata. These 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. Ojén is a curiously schizophrenic town and of more interest is the old part of town which spreads down the mountainside on the other side of the road main road. Here the cobbled streets are narrow and well served by welcome drinking fountains. But Ojén 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 town's economy.