A perfect piece of rural Spain within just a short drive of some of the Costa de Sol’s most fantastic beaches – that is how Coin is thought of by its residents and neighbours. Although in reality the area is a village, Coin was actually designated a city in 1925 by King Alfonso Xlll.
Situated around 20 kilometres from Marbella, half an hour inland from Fuengirola and close to Mijas Pueblo and Alhaurín el Grande, Coin is perfectly placed to enjoy the best of coastal and country living. The area was once a very small and traditional Spanish village. There is evidence that the settlement dates back to well before the Roman occupation and the Visigoths and Moors have also had a hand in shaping Coin. Archaeologists have found ceramics that date back to mediaeval times. When the Romans arrived they named the area Lacibis before renaming it La Cobbin and then Castro Dacuan – from which the modern day name of Coin was finally derived. The Moors were primarily responsible for the areas economic growth and under their rule the town became one of the most important in the region.
Most of the town has views over the Guadalhorce valley, which is covered in fruit trees, vegetable plots and is surrounded by cork and pine woods. It is the area’s incredibly fertile lands that have been responsible for the majority of its economic growth and the whole region around Coin benefited from the trade in wine, figs, raisins, olive oil and almonds. The area was seized during a Christian reconquest in 1485 and it is rumoured that Christopher Columbus was involved.
Its rich history and numerous occupiers mean that Coin and its surroundings are dotted with important buildings and sites of interest. Some of the most significant sites include the Church of San Juan which has been deemed a national monument as well as being one of the largest churches in Málaga province. Many archaeological artefacts from the area are on display at the Sala Arqueologica de Coin, which you will find in the Plaza Santa Maria. Entry is free but you are advised to check with the tourist information office for opening times.
There are a variety of other important churches in the area including Santa Maria de la Encarnación, which was the very first church in the town. The building dates back to the 15th century and it was constructed on the site of an old mosque. The original minaret of the mosque now acts as the bell tower. The old hospital de la Caridad also has a church – called San Andres - built onto it.
Walk into the centre of the town and you will come across a beautiful square - where the old town hall is situated. It is a favourite destination of the local residents who come here to sit, chat and while away the hours in the sunshine.
Coin’s present town hall is located in another square surrounded by pretty fountains and gardens. There are a number of lovely bars and restaurants in this area along with the traditional family-run shops that line the surrounding streets. The town is famous for its fountains as there are so many public drinking fountains dotted around the area. These were once the main source of drinking water in the town.
Another thing that Coin is famous for in more recent times is the ill-fated BBC soap opera called Eldorado! The programme, which featured the lifestyle of expatriates in Spain, was filmed in Coin. The studios, which are located at the Ciudad de Coin, can still be found on the road to Marbella. The complex has since been developed and now contains a restaurant and a hotel.
A large shopping centre has been opened on the outskirts of Coin called La Trocha. The centre contains many well-known shops and restaurants including a branch of Dunnes Stores and a Burger King. The centre is also home to a multi-screen cinema which shows films in the original English versions on a regular basis. You can find La Trocha on the Cártama road leading out of Coin.
Over the years the area’s economy has begun to develop rapidly and now the town has a registered population of more than 20,000. Its new-found popularity means that it is now one of the fastest growing areas in the Málaga province.
In recent years many non-Spanish people have invested in and bought property in the Coin area after falling in love with the entire region and its many charms. Compared to other more well-known places along the coast, property for sale in and around Coin represents excellent value for money. This is one of the many reasons why the town has seen such a large influx of foreign residents, who have been very keen to snap up their own slice of the real Spain for a bargain price.
One of the most attractive features of Coin is that the town is set in lovely countryside, which is rich in fruit and vegetable crops as well as many areas of natural beauty. The area is surrounded by the forest of the Sierra Alpujata and the Sierra de las Nieves, which were famous in the past as important areas for mining minerals. It is this authentic rural feeling, combined with its proximity to the lively areas along the coast that has made the area so attractive.
Because Coin is developing so fast there are new housing developments being built across the area to meet the demand from foreign and Spanish property buyers. One consequence of this rapid growth is that the facilities and amenities in the area are being dramatically upgraded and improved to support these emergent communities.
One area which has improved notably is Coin’s nightlife, which offers something for all ages and tastes. There are plenty of traditional Spanish tapas bars and bodegas in addition to a wide variety of international restaurants and some new and more contemporary-style wine bars.
Compared to other areas around the Costa Del Sol , property for sale in Coin represents excellent value for money and its proximity to Málaga airport, Marbella and Fuengirola will ensure it continues to grow in popularity in the coming years.
Party lovers will also enjoy the fact that Coin has not one but two ferias every year! The first feria of the year takes place in May and the second in August when the sun is at its hottest.
Coin is considered an excellent place to buy property and has many expats from all over Europe choosing to make Coin there home.
If the idea of living in Coin appeals to you then call Costa Del Sol Property Group today. We are here to make buying property in Coin a stress free experience. Buying property in Spain can be a confusing task if you are unsure of what you are doing. The experts at Costa Del Sol Property Group are here to make buying property in Coin a rewarding experience.
There are a lot of different kinds of property to buy in or around Coin, ranging from golf apartments to traditional townhouses, luxury villas to rural fincas (farm houses). People from all over the world have already bought property in Coin and if you want to buy in Coin too, then there are some lovely homes and different types of property on the market for sale.
There are many advantages to buying property in Coin compared to other parts of the Costa Del Sol as you will enjoy great value for money in this area. If you are thinking about buying in Coin then you will find all the facilities and attractions nearby make daily life a pleasure and there is a sizeable English and northern European community living in the area.
Many of the traditional apartments and townhouses in the town are being lovingly restored and redeveloped as many properties for sale in Coin now have the latest modern conveniences and are attractively decorated. Most have marble floors, fitted kitchens, private parking, air conditioning and security.
If you are looking to buy property in Coin as a holiday home, then the area offers you everything you need to enjoy your life in the sun, so if you are looking for a bargain or discounted property or bank repossessions then contact us today.