Ojen – one of the best places to live in the world

Did you know Ojén is one of the best places to live in the world?

Everyone has heard of the Costa del Sol and Marbella, but not everyone is familiar with the small inland town of Ojén. Yet, back in 2005, this tiny corner of Andalusia was named as one of the Top 50 Places in World to Live by Sunday Times’ readers (UK broadsheet newspaper).

Even more intriguing, Ojén has another claim to fame…it is the chosen location of Spanish crooner and all-round-heartthrob Julio Iglesias’ summer retreat. The holiday home in question is a suitably luxurious 45-hectare estate called Las Cuatro Lunas.

What is the attraction of Ojén?

Apart from the fact that you can find some beautiful property in Ojén, the town also occupies a wonderful location, nestling in the hills just 10kms from Marbella. Very close in proximity yet world’s apart in personality and pace of life.

Life has a slower, more traditional southern Spanish flavour, rather than the glitz and glamour and beaches, even though Marbella and Puerto Banús are within easy reach. This is a place where you could really immerse yourself in the culture and feel part of the community.

Ojén property for sale is in short supply

Part of the Sierra de Las Nieves, there are around 3,500 residents in Ojén, of which just over 23 per cent originate from overseas. The stock of new property in Ojén is limited ensuring the continuing high demand. When a new Ojén property for sale is released on to the market, it is generally at the upper end of the market and you’ll need to act fast or miss out.

Palo Alto – luxury property for sale in Ojén

Take Palo Alto as an example, a magnificent luxury community nestled immediately below Ojén spanning 50 hectares of land. Yet only 20 hectares will ever be developed, ensuring uninterrupted sea and mountain views. This exclusive retreat style complex has been created by internationally acclaimed architects, Villarroel Torrico, to appeal discerning buyers who appreciate the finer things in life and expect the very best quality.

Created as an exclusive retreat, the complex comprises only six buildings with a total of sixty luxury contemporary residences. At this price point, every need is catered for, from the state-of-the-art gym, hammam, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, swimming pools and much more. Add to this, the concierge service and shared workspace, which means residents never need to leave the comfort of this complex.

These types of luxury residential projects elevate Ojén from being a pretty small inland town into a highly sought-after lifestyle location.

Idyllic location

It may sound cliched but Ojén really does offer the best of both worlds! As mentioned earlier, it is within close proximity to the Costa del Sol, allowing easy access to the many wonderful holiday resorts and amenities, including the many kms of golden sandy beaches. Malaga international airport is just a 40-minute drive in the car, making it extremely convenient for overseas owners.

Things to do in Ojén

Relax and unwind are the first activities that spring to mind when in Ojén! Upon arriving, you can forget about living life in the fast lane and adapt to the more laid-back pace of the traditional inland village lifestyle. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to a café or bar, a relaxing lunch or take a meander round the town.

There are plenty of outdoor pursuits that can be enjoyed in Ojén. Those who enjoy exploring the natural flora and fauna can take advantage of hiking, trekking, cycling and horse-riding trails. Naturally, being so close to the Costa del Sol, often referred to as the Costa del Golf, there are many golf courses where you can enjoy a round.

If your preference is for more sedate relaxation, the surrounding countryside is spectacular, undulating valleys, woodland, rivers and crystal-clear air. Add to this the superb mountain and sea views afforded by the town’s elevated position. Perfect for taking some you-time while you soak up the atmosphere.

A potent combination of traditional values and lifestyle and access to the hedonistic glitz and glamour of Marbella and Puerto Banús if and when the mood takes you. Could there be a better balance?

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