The history of Coín pre-dates the iron age and, in many ways, follows the history of Andalucia with influences from Greeks , Phoenicians , Iberians, Romans and the Moors. The Moors called Coín “Hish Dakwan”, a place they admired for its abundance of water, lush greenery and good climate. In 1930, Coín was granted the title of “City” by King Alfonso XIII.
Coín (pronounced Coeen), with a population of around 22,000, is a just 30 minutes from Marbella and a similar distance from Malaga airport. Its convenient location and attractive countryside and views have made it a prime place for foreigners from all over the world to settle, but their arrival hasn’t changed the local way of life. The place retains an unmistakable Andalucian feel about it.
The centre of Coín has a mixture of historic and more modern buildings, a mixture of town houses and apartments, on the outskirts are more modern estates with self contained villas, and further out are more isolated country dwellings (fincas). Coín has been called the town of 300 orchards.
In the early 1990’s, the BBC TV series “El Dorado” was filmed in a purpose built development in the countryside near to Coín. The set has since been used as a hotel complex, but is currently closed.
Coín people are open and welcoming. The town has a modern library, shopping centre with multi-screen cinema, theatre, large sports centre and a “People´s University” running courses in art and music. Sporting facilities in the town include tennis, football, padel tennis, a number of gyms offering classes in aerobics, pilates, zumba, yoga and spinning. There is also an indoor, heated municipal pool.