Alhaurin el Grande is situated at the foot of the northern slope of the Sierra de Mijas Mountains. The town opens up to the green valley of the Guadalhorce, where the landscape surrounding Alhaurin el Grande is rich with citric plots, fruits, vegetables, olive fields and cereals. The name Alhaurin el Grande dates back to the Moors who originally named it Alhaurein (Garden of Allah). Like the Romans before them they divided the area into two valleys that of Alhaurin el Grande and Alhaurin de le Torre. Alhaurin these days is a typical working Spanish town with an expatriate community who love the Spanish feel of living away from the more touristy coastal areas yet can still easily access those areas within a 20 minute drive.
A new road has recently been constructed linking most inland areas to Malaga and the Marbella end of the coast.
Coin is quintessentially Spanish, a white-washed town nestling in the hills of the Guadalhorce Valley and overlooked by the Sierra de Alpujata mountain range. Thanks to the excellent climatic conditions surrounding Coin and the abundance of water held within the Sierra the landscape has a variety of vegetation. Cork and pine groves are commonplace and are in stark contrast to the equally abundant plots of orange and lemon trees. Where the water doesn't reach, the Coin countryside features olive groves and cereal plantations. Again this is a typical Spanish working town with a number of permanent and semi permanent expatriate residents who want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the coast but still have easy access to it. Coin is only a 20km journey from the popular town of Marbella.