Coín is situated to the north of Mijas and Alhaurín el Grande in the valley of the Pereilas river and the abundance of spring water in the area has earned the town the nickname of town of the fountains.
The water supply for the town and neighbouring districts comes into a recreational area with an artificial lake. The surrounding scenery is very attractive, particularly the valley around the source of the Alaminos river.
Coín is a busy sprawling town dominated by the main church and square.
The town has recently converted its central area to one-way only improving traffic congestion, but meaning you have to make long detours to get in and out. Access roads are often very congested, but work has recently finished on the A-366 access road to the town, removing an almost permanent bottleneck.
The town has an important agricultural sector, particularly citrus fruit and in addition construction is also a vital source of income and employment.
The Romans named Coin, Castro Dacuan from which it is believed that the Arabs took the name Cohine. If during the centuries of Muslim occupation, the urban centre becomes the most important one in the area, the town is totally destroyed after it is reconquered by Christian troops. After a resurgence, which comes about due to the repopulation ordered by the Castillian Monarchs, the year 1810 proves to be fatal due to a terrible storm which causes numerous damages to its town centre. Years later, during the reign of King alfonso XIII, it is given the title of City.
Within its town centre, there are various public fountains. Furthermore, a visit to its churches is very interesting: the Church of Santa María de la Encarnación from the Fifteenth Century; the Church of San Juan, from the Sixteenth Century; and the old hospital of La Caridad, from the Eighteenth century, which is joined back to back with the Church of San Andrés.
The most celebrated festive days in Coín are the day of La Cruz, which takes place in may, and the Spring Festival. Furthermore, in august, a fair takes place whose celebration dates back to the Eighteenth century.
The traditional cuisine in Coin is based on delicious and filling dishes like las sopas cachoreñas , the stews , el cocido in its different forms, the fried food (los fritos) , el mojete and el gazpachuelo.
Local Holidays 3rd May, festival de las Cruces de mayo and the August fair from 10th to 14th.
Distance from Malaga Airport: 38km.
Town Hall: 952-453-018
Local Police: 952-453-267
The services are generally good, although there’s limited choice for shopping in the centre. Coín has a health centre, chemists, primary and secondary schools, and sports facilities. There’s also a good choice of restaurants and bars in the town and surrounding area. The Troche shopping centre opens in late 2004 offering a Supercor hypermarket as well as around 50 other shops. Parking free. The centre also has a seven-screen cinema.
Coín is currently experiencing a property boom, mainly from foreigners and in 2003 newly built properties accounted for nearly 12 % of the total homes. Construction is intense both around the outskirts of the town and further out towards both Cártama and Mijas.