Coin is a small town of about 24,000 inhabitants in the Orange valley: in the valley around the Rio Guadalhorce. It is close to the tourist resorts of Malaga, Fuengirola and Marbella, about 25 km to each of them, yet quietly situated off the tourist trail. Coin is the capital of the Valle de Azahar, citrus blossoms valley.
30 years ago it was a small town in the backwater. Now it is a modern and rapidly growing city with a modern shopping centre with 8 cinemas and large gym with a SPA, but still with well-preserved traditions.
The city lies in a valley surrounded by cork trees, orange groves and almond trees and of course olive groves. It is surrounded by high mountains (1037meter). The surrounding mountains and rivers gets it plenty of water to give a green and fertile valley.
Archaeological discoveries around Coin has shown the presence of a prehistoric man. There are also remains of a city, tombs, pottery and other equipment. The Romans also left traces around the year 0. The city was then called Lacibis but was later Cobin and Cohine.
In 929 it was built on top of the Roman city of a defensive wall. Even then, there was plenty of water and fruit-tree crops. The trade was extensive and the city grew during the Moorish era. At 1485 the city was taken by the Christian troops. The city did decay at first but eventually the economy improved.
In 1925 got Coin award to be town by Alfonso XIII.
Central Coin is a typical white Andalusian town with narrow alleys, wall enclosed courtyards and beautiful balconies with iron bars. All around the centre there are more modern buildings and fincor (small farms).
There are two churches – San Andrés from the 1600s and San Juan from the 1500s with reconstructions from the 1700s. Another church – Santa Maria was erected between 1485-1486 on one of the ancient mosques that the Moors left.
In the town there are a lot of small businesses and also a mill for olive oil and an ecological flour mill in the centre of town.