Coín

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Coín, Spain
Flag of Coín, Spain
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Location of the municipality of Coín
Location of the municipality of Coín
Coín, Spain is located in Spain
Coín, Spain
Coín, Spain
Location of the municipality of Coín
Coordinates: 36°49′N 4°45′W / 36.817°N 4.750°W / 36.817; -4.750
Country Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
Comarca Valle del Guadalhorce
Government
 • Mayor Gabriel Jesús Clavijo Sánchez
Area
 • Total 127.37 km2 (49.18 sq mi)
Elevation 202 m (663 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 21,866
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Website Official website

Coín is a town and municipality in the Province of Málaga, Spain, c. 33 km west of the provincial capital, Málaga, and c. 30 km north of Marbella. The town has an official population of 22,000 inhabitants.

Foreigners now make up a substantial proportion of the towns inhabitants and are attracted to Coín due to the fact it is only 25 minutes from the beaches of Málaga and Marbella, including the 50 km stretch of coastline in between which includes the popular resorts of Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Benalmádena.

History[edit]

The town was ruled by he Moors and the Romans, with the Moors defining and controlling the town from 929 AD until 1485 when the Christians invaded and took control of Coín.

Economy[edit]

The economy was traditionally agriculture, coexisting with marble mining (since Roman times) and ceramics. The latter has been during the twentieth century very important and known, having a color style of its own called "Green Coin". The most significant ceramics workshop during the past century was the Workshop "Cumbreras" and now work is continuing this traditional ceramic material of Coin, with over 300 years old by local artisans.

Cinema city[edit]

The city of cinema was a project carried out in the area of "Nacimiento" to produce a television series, but was turned into a tourist area as well. For many years, Coín was the setting for several series, first the British Eldorado for the BBC, and after that the Andalusian "Plaza Alta" soap operas and "Arrayan", both recorded in "Loasur" studios produced by "Linze TV", and shown by Canal Sur. At present, tourism, construction, and the hospitality industry have replaced old industries, although there are still many potters and several quarries where local marble, dolomite rock and sand are produced for construction materials.

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Coordinates: 36°40′N 4°45′W / 36.667°N 4.750°W / 36.667; -4.750