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Coin is located on the inland road between the resorts of Marbella and Malaga on the Costa del Sol and is a short distance north-west of Alhaurin el Grande. It is a fortress town lying in the fertile valley of the Rio Grande and is surrounded by orchards and olive groves. Once a small village, it now has an expanding population as it is a very popular area, with many foreigners choosing to settle here. It is a town with a long and turbulent history having been occupied by several different nations and cultures. A Coin holiday offers a relaxing break in an interesting town within easy reach of the coast.
Located away from the bustle of the popular coastal resorts yet close enough to enjoy a day by the sea, Coin combines the best of both worlds. Here you can enjoy the traditional atmosphere found in the town and explore its historic centre, play a round of golf or enjoy the beaches with their golden sands, warm water and provision of water sports.
A Coin holiday appeals to a variety of ages and interests with the exception of young singles looking for lively evenings, and families with small children who usually prefer to be closer to the sandy beaches of the Costa del Sol. Golfers have a choice of courses; ramblers can enjoy many beautiful walking trails; those with an interest in the past can explore the many historic sites littering the area.
Although Coin is a year round holiday venue, the summer holiday period is probably the most popular time to go, with guaranteed sunshine and warm seas. However, it is also a good place to escape from the damp and dark British winter and enjoy a round or two of golf.
Although small, Coin was awarded the status of ‘city’ in 1925 by King Alfonso X111. It is an attractive town between Monda and Cartama in Southern Spain where the architecture spans centuries and there are a number of interesting churches including San Juan and San Andres. There are an unusually large number of fountains in the town as at one time these were the sole source of drinking water.
Accommodation in Coin ranges from first class hotels and apartments to small family run hotels and studios. It has many fine restaurants serving a variety of food including international cuisine. Coin’s shopping facilities are good with many small gift shops that are so loved by tourists. The ceramics factory on the edge of the town is popular with those seeking holiday souvenirs.
Golfers will find a number of excellent courses in the area. Remember to bring your handicap certificate as this is sometimes a course requirement.
Coin offers a tranquil holiday in idyllic surroundings where you can relax in the sunshine and enjoy the friendly hospitality of the local people.
Coin nightlife is very low key with evenings spent wandering the charming streets and alleyways and enjoying local hospitality in the company of friends. There are some excellent restaurants serving mainly traditional food.
Coin has good shopping facilities with supermarkets and a shopping mall, as well as the many small shops found in the narrow winding streets of the old town. Popular buys include traditional handmade items such as hand carved kitchen utensils, pottery and leather goods. There is a ceramics factory on the outskirts of town which is very popular with tourists.
Coin has some fine restaurants serving mainly traditional Spanish cuisine. Menus include traditional local dishes such as paella, tortillas, tapas and chorizo, as well as a choice of international cuisine. A good way to try Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Spain than at home. Spanish wines are pleasant and inexpensive.
Children are always made very welcome in Spanish restaurants and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.