Guide to Coin and alora, costa del sol, andalucia, visit coin and alora
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Places in Spain - Coin, Alora and other villages in Andalucia

 

Coin
Situated in the valley of the Rio Grande in the province of
Malaga, Coín is one of the most up and coming villages on the Costa del Sol. This once small village is expanding at an amazing pace and is fast becoming a place of residence for many foreigners. There are about 20,000 registered residents.

 
Coín is steeped in history with roots established well before the Roman occupation. The Roman town of Italica was constructed with marble from quarries in Coín which at this time was named ‘Lacibis’. When the Visigoths rules the Iberian Peninsula, it appears Coín became deserted. It wasn’t until the Moors settled here in around 929AD that Coín underwent reconstruction and was restored to its former glory.
 
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Coín became an important centre for oils and wines. In 1485 the village was taken by a siege during the Christian re-conquest. Christopher Columbus was alleged to be involved. Captain Cook visited Coín in 1829.

Although Coín is still really a village, King Alfonso XIII awarded it the title of city in 1925.

 

Coín has a wealth of important architecture including several churches. The Church of san Andres is also known as the Caridad and forms part of the hospital. The Church of San Juan is one of the largest churches in the province and has been officially declared a national monument.

 

Coín also houses and important ceramics factory, located on the main road from Fuengirola and a working film studio that was once the set for the TV series ‘Eldorado’. The studio is located on the outskirts of Coín, alongside the main highway to Marbella. The studio is also used as a hotel and restaurant although on our last visit (July 06), it was in a bad state of repair.

 

 

 

The centre of Coín has a wonderful plaza where the old Town Hall is located and local residents sit and while away the hours. The new Town Hall is located in another new plaza with an underground car park, fountains, gardens and several fine bars. The small, narrow streets are lined with family owned shops.
 

 
A new commercial centre, ‘La Trocha’ has been built on the outskirts of town.

 

It is located on the road to Cartama and contains numerous department stores including Dunnes, various food outlets including Burger King and a multi-screen cinema.

 

Coín offers a multitude of housing including very reasonably priced townhouses and apartments, several developments of new apartments in the centre and residential estates on the outskirts of the village. Prices are lower than the coastal areas and the living is somewhat slower paced.

Contacts for Coín
Postcode 29100
Town Hall 952 453 020
Tourist Information 952 453 018
Local police 952 453 267 (emergency 092)
Guardia Civil 952 450 138 (emergency 062)
Fire department 952 450 337
Health centre 952 453 003 (emergency 061)
Post Office 952 451 185
Taxi 952 453 587

The trade of citrus fruits is important in Coin as the quality of oranges, lemons and mandarins is excellent. Oven-made bread is also very popular here. In many cases the ovens are still fired with wood. In the pastry shops you can find the famous 'roscos', a bread based pastry filled with figs.
 
Alhaurin el Grande is located just five minutes away from Coin. This town has for many years been a popular settling place for ex-pats and the town has a thriving English community.
 

 
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