We were the first in the villa that year I believe, but despite this we had weather to die for (topping 32c) and the villa was spotless. Kristina left us an (extremely welcome, after a warm drive) bottle of cava in the fridge and a bowl full of fresh oranges, lemons, and avocados on the side. Such a nice way to be welcomed to a new place. The town, Coin, is not a lot to look at, but you don't need it to be - it offers everything you need and the supermarket (Mercadona) is big enough to get lost in and stocks very tasty 2euro wine and 7 euro rum - so you don't really need much else..
The villa itself is big, light and well-equipped and has views of the orange groves and mountains, over which the sun would rise - which suited me very well when I had to get up early to study some mornings. The pool has an even more spectacular view and suited us well - I think we used it over 10 times in the 5 days we were there!
Phil would entertain himself with the wide selection of crime novels from the bookshelves, and I with the wide selection of sub-bathing spots.. only a quick email to Kristina, and 5 minutes later a dozen perfectly ripe avocados would be on our doorstep - a very attentive and welcoming hostess to match the villa itself.
Thank you, Kristina and all, for making us feel like we had a place to call our own. We felt truly and absolutely relaxed and at ease.
As for trips, I recommend Marbella - a very short but spectacularly beautiful drive, and the town itself is not as we expected (full of drunk students) but rather more traditional - the old town a little bit like a much lighter version of Las Ramblas in Barcelona! The beach was wonderful, and a wide selection of bars. We also went to Granada and the Alhambra, a very long drive but worth seeing if you enjoy historical landmarks. The streets were lined with merchants selling moroccan style jewellery, bags, clothes and trinkets - which I loved. We also stayed in Malaga town a couple of days before coming to Coin and I would recommend that to anyone visiting the region.