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A Mediterranean Resort with an Aristocratic Touch

SOTOGRANDE

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Sotogrande Highlights

  • Fantastic setting – occupying a beautiful green coastal area that runs down from gentle slopes to fine white beaches, Sotogrande overlooks the Rock of Gibraltar and the cliffs of North Africa
  • Style and sophistication – Sotogrande has an ambience and character all of its own, making it a unique low-key, high-style destination
  • Yachting life – one of the best and most sophisticated marinas in Spain
  • Golf – with Valderrama just one of several first-class courses, Sotogrande is a true golfer’s heaven
  • Polo, tennis, beach clubs, spa resorts and luxurious accommodation await – all in great style

A Private Mediterranean Retreat

Visiting Sotogrande

Driving along the Costa del Sol you come across a succession of tourist and luxury residential developments that blur the lines between towns and municipal districts, yet there is a place on the Costa del Sol that is very different in this respect. Sotogrande is unique not only for its scale but also for the fact that its creation has been guided by a single master plan. This rather more American approach is not a coincidence, for Sotogrande is the brainchild of Colonel Joseph McMicking, whose dream it was to create an exclusive resort of international standing here.

And exclusive it certainly is, but the fact that Sotogrande has become so firmly established as one of the most stylish and refined summer destinations is not only down to the appeal of its location and stylish charm, but also to the standard of its beautifully maintained facilities.

Sotogrande looks and feels impressive – the roads are wide and well kept,  the entire resort is well-manicured and nicely landscaped, it is secure, and most of all, the various parts fit together to create a harmonious and complimentary whole. Drive through the entrance arches and you know you’re in Sotogrande.

A resort that attracts so many of the Spanish and international well-to-do must have something special. After all, they can go wherever they please.  Sotogrande is as understated and laid-back as Puerto Banus and Marbella are bold and often seen.

Sotogrande has the distinct ambience of a place that attracts old money. Some might think this necessarily equates to stuffiness and a haughty atmosphere, but that is not the vibe one picks up here. For one thing, there are too many young people around, and why not, with open sea, an excellent marina, some of the best beaches of the Costa del Sol and a long list of sporting and social attractions in and around the resort, Sotogrande offers a lot of fun, as well as an upmarket post code.

In Sotogrande, the World is Your Oyster

Visiting the Polo in Sotogrande

First and foremost a water sports and golfer’s paradise, Sotogrande is famous for both – and polo as well. Among its internationally renowned golf courses are Valderrama, Real Club de Golf, Club de Golf La Cañada, San Roque Club, La Reserva de Sotogrande and Club de Golf Almenara, with the courses of the Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort, La Duquesa Golf & Country Club, Doña Julia, Casares Costa Golf, Valle Romano Golf & Resort and Club de Golf Finca Cortesin nearby.

Most feature clubhouses with good restaurants and facilities, yet the unmistakable social hub of Sotogrande remains its pretty marina, where shops, cafés and restaurants enjoy the views over the yachts. The marina is also home to an active yacht club with sailing school, power boating, scuba diving, rowing and kayaking. The latter can be practiced in the wide Guadiaro River, which reaches the sea here.

Another important social and sporting activity in Sotogrande is polo, for which it is an internationally renowned centre. The verdant grounds of the Santa Marí­a Polo Club provide the scene for major international competitions whose spectators enjoy champagne and strawberries as they rub shoulders with celebrities and royalty. But Sotogrande is also about racquet clubs, horse riding, hiking trails, cycling and bird watching, as it lies surrounded by protected nature and finds itself on the path of the annual bird migrations between Europe and Africa.

Dining and Socialising in Style

While the marina forms a social hub with a good choice of restaurants, cafés and nightlife, the beach clubs, golf clubhouses and also nearby villages offer more dining and socialising options within Sotogrande

Villa chefs Sotogrande

The fine dining restaurants, cafés and nightlife of Sotogrande centres primarily on its marina and resort centre of Torreguardiaro, though the nearby villages and coastal areas also offer a great choice of country venta restaurants and chiringuito beach bars.

Among the resort’s own iconic institutions are the Cucurucho and El Octogano beach clubs, whose swimming pools, lawns, restaurants, bars and beachside clubs offer a refined but relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy the sun, relax, socialise or even have a massage.

For a feast of fresh fish you can also head along the coast road towards La Duquesa to seek out family run beach cafes serving up the catch of the day.  The small enclaves of Pueblo Nuevo and old town of Guadiaro are also favourites among locals for a meal out and a sun-downer in the square.

Shopping Within Easy Reach

Endowed with its own shops and luxury boutiques, Sotogrande also finds itself close to the designer brand outlets and department stores of Marbella, the duty free high street of Gibraltar and the markets of country villages

Sotogrande shopping in Gibraltar

Many of the boutiques and shops in Sotogrande are to be found in and around the marina, while the nearby village of San Enrique de Guadiaro offers the shopping experience of a typical Andalusian village.

Just 15 minutes to the west is Gibraltar, with its old district and high street lined with duty free shops and boutiques, while half an hour to the east you will find the designer outlets, jewellery stores, La Cañada shopping mall and El Corte Inglés department store of Marbella.

Most, however, come to Sotogrande to relax, take in the refined atmosphere and enjoy the combination of sun, views and natural scenery that makes it such a special spot on the Mediterranean coastline.

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