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Practical Guides and Tips About Moving to and Living in Spain
Practical Guides and Tips About Moving to and Living in Spain
Nestled in the heart of the stunning Costa del Sol region, Coin is a hidden gem that I'm proud to call my hometown. As the owner of Becks Movers, I've had the privilege of transporting personal effects between the UK, Spain, and other EU countries, and Coin has always been a place close to my heart. While Coin is inland, you're not far from the stunning Costa del Sol coastline. Beaches, resorts, and coastal towns are within a short drive, offering an ideal balance between rural and coastal living.
In this blog post, we'll explore the captivating beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture that make Coin a truly unique destination.
Coin's Location and How to Get there
It is situated inland, approximately 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) west of the city of Malaga, making it easily accessible from the coast.
Here's how to get to Coin:
By Air: The nearest major airport to Coin is Malaga Airport (Aeropuerto de Malaga-Costa del Sol). It's an international airport with connections to many cities in Europe and beyond. Once you arrive at Malaga Airport, you can reach Coin by various means of transportation.
By Car: Coin is accessible by car from Malaga and other nearby towns. If you're arriving at Malaga Airport, you can rent a car at the airport and drive to Coin. The journey takes approximately 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Take the A-7 motorway towards Algeciras, and then follow the signs for Coin.
By Bus: Coin is connected to Malaga and other towns in the region by bus services. You can take a bus from Malaga's main bus station, Estación de Autobuses de Malaga, to Coin. The bus journey offers a convenient and affordable option for transportation.
By Train: Coin does not have its own train station, but you can take a train from Malaga to Fuengirola, which is the closest train station to Coin. From Fuengirola, you can then take a bus or taxi to Coin.
By Taxi: Taxis are available at Malaga Airport, and you can also arrange for private transfers to Coin if you prefer a more comfortable and direct option.
Once you arrive in Coin, you can explore the town on foot or by local transportation. The town itself is compact and easy to navigate, making it a delightful place to explore. Whether you arrive by air, car, bus, or train, Coin's central location in the Costa del Sol makes it an accessible destination for travelers.
A Brief History of Coin
Coin's history is marked by different eras. During Moorish rule, which lasted for centuries, the town was known as "Darak" or "Dawar al-Hisn." The Moors made a lasting impact on Coin through their contributions to architecture, agriculture, and culture. However, in the late 15th century, the Reconquista led to the town's capture by Christian forces, with Ferdinand and Isabella playing a significant role. This marked the end of Moorish rule in the region, and Coin became integrated into the Kingdom of Spain, within the province of Malaga.
Throughout its history, Coin has primarily been an agricultural town, benefiting from its fertile lands that produced olives, almonds, and citrus fruits. The local economy also thrived on mining activities, especially iron ore extraction. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Coin experienced significant economic growth, particularly due to developments in the mining industry, which led to a population increase. Today, Coin retains its historical charm while embracing modernity, known for its picturesque streets, vibrant local festivals, and a strong sense of community.
Things to do in and around Coin
Coin offers a variety of activities and attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy. It has all the essential amenities you'd need, from supermarkets and shops to medical facilities and schools. You won't have to travel far for daily necessities.
Here are some things to do in Coin:
1. Explore the Historic Centre: Take a leisurely stroll through Coin's charming historic centre. Admire the traditional Andalusian architecture, narrow streets, and white-washed buildings. Don't miss the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, a beautiful church dating back to the 16th century. Coin offers plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes to satisfy locals and tourists alike.
2. Visit Local Markets: Coin hosts a bustling market every Sunday at La Trocha shopping centre , where you can shop for fresh produce, local crafts, clothing, and more. It's a great place to experience the local culture and find unique souvenirs. Open 9am-2pm every Sunday.
3. Enjoy Outdoor Activities: The surrounding natural beauty of Coin provides ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. You can go hiking in the nearby Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park or take a scenic walk along the Rio Grande. The Ruta Barranco Blanco is a stunning hiking trail with pools where you can swim along the route.
4. Visit Nearby Towns: Coin's central location in the Costa del Sol makes it a convenient base for exploring other towns and attractions in the region. Consider day trips to nearby places like Marbella, Mijas, or the historic city of Malaga.
Coin offers a year-round calendar of festivals and cultural celebrations.
Throughout the year, keep an eye out for cultural events, art exhibitions, theater performances, and concerts that showcase Coin's rich cultural heritage.
These festivals provide a window into the vibrant culture and close-knit community of Coin, making it an inviting destination for travelers seeking an authentic Spanish experience.
What it´s like to live in Coin
We have lived in Coin for a number of years and appreciate the town's special qualities. There is a strong sense of community. People are friendly, and there's a genuine sense of neighbourliness.
Our favourite aspect of the town is the fact it is surrounded by natural beauty. The landscape is both picturesque and peaceful.
Another reason we love Coin is its central location in the Costa del Sol region which provides easy access to nearby towns and cities. Whether you want to explore the coast, visit Malaga, or venture into the countryside, you're well-positioned to do so. Only half an hour´s drive from Malaga airport too.
Beyond the hustle and bustle of larger cities, Coin offers a peaceful and tranquil living environment. It's an ideal place for those seeking a more serene and contemplative way of life.
Coin, Malaga, is more than just a place on the map; it's a vibrant and captivating town with a rich history, natural beauty, and a warm-hearted community. As a resident and the owner of Becks Movers, we invite you to explore the wonders of Coin and experience the charm that has captured our hearts for so many years. Whether you're visiting for the first time or returning to this beloved town, Coin has something special to offer every traveler.
Let us know what you think in the comments and tell us about your home town.
Wayne and Jo are a married couple living in Spain, but split their time between working on their house there and renovating a chapel in Wales. With four dogs to look after and a business to run, life is never dull in the Becks' household.