Sotogrande is another jewel in the crown for the Costa del Sol. The vision for what we see today began back in 1964, when American Joseph McMicking visited and saw the potential in the area. Even as early as 1970 there were very few people living here but the foundations were already being laid into what has become one of the most impressive districts of the coast.
The American feel is still much in evidence. The road network is flat and wide with manicured lawns and tall palm trees, with private low-rise villas off secluded avenues – you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Beverly Hills!!
The whole area of Sotogrande is now an extremely sought after neighbourhood and even the newest developments and urbanisations are sympathetic to the surrounding beauty of the area. The marina area and surrounding network of waterways have provided architects with amazing scope to build beautiful places with picturesque bridges and mooring facilities.
The marina itself has moorings for more than 550 boats of all sizes and there are regular regatta events held here bringing boating people from around the world to take part and watch. The best place to enjoy these events however is in one of the lively bars or restaurants that surround the marina. Sotogrande as a whole is still in its infancy but already there is a wonderful selection of eateries within the commercial area as well as an eclectic mix of shops and boutiques.
Being surrounded by water, for those seeking a bit more adventure on holiday, there is the usual choice of water sports available as well as trips to see the dolphins in the Straits of Gibraltar and the opportunity to hire your own vessels.
The marina also houses the antiques market held every Sunday 9.00am – 2.00pm.
What’s a Sotogrande holiday without a visit to the beaches. The beaches around the area are wide and sandy and very quiet! The Chiringuitos or beach bars do attract sun worshippers for lunch and a cold beer, but if tranquillity and peace is your thing, these beaches are a must. The view across the Mediterranean to the Rock of Gibraltar and beyond to Africa are a sight to be seen.
Within the area of Sotogrande is the estuary and marshland of the Rio Guadiaro. This whole region has been declared a protected natural area and is great for interesting walks and attracts birdwatchers and nature lovers alike.
You cannot help but notice, as you approach Sotogrande itself, the wonderfully manicured lawns of the Santa Maria Polo Club. This club is now considered one of the best venues in the world for the sport. Throughout the year there are tournaments and cups with international teams vying with each other and even though it may be an expensive sport to play, it’s open for anyone to come along and watch.
The club house has great facilities for relaxing and dining and the club itself also offers lessons on the art of polo playing. Details of events are advertised in the local press or call 956 610 012 for information.
In the Immediate area surrounding Sotogrande there are four first class golf courses to choose from. Real Club de Sotogrande, La Canada, Almenara and of course the world famous Valderrama which has hosted the Volvo Masters and Ryder Cup in recent years.
Within easy reach of Sotogrande are at least another half dozen equally magnificent courses…you really are spoilt for choice.
There are many beautiful hotels in the area to choose from and as the growth of urbanisations continues, more and more people are sourcing private rentals in their own waterside apartments.
Sotogrande also houses a stunning International school that takes day pupils and borders from 3 years up to 18 years of age. The credits of the school speak for themselves, and the new building which now houses the school is a great environment for the children to learn in. More information can be obtained by calling 956 795 902.
Other useful numbers:
Taxi: 956 174 800