About Sotogrande

Sotogrande a Synopsis


If you have you always wanted a lifestyle in a harmonious environment that offers maximum privacy, as well as a cosmopolitan community life with neighbours and friends……you have found it in Sotogrande! Sotogrande offers a simple life with picnics on the beach or in the countryside, as well as a sophisticated dinner party or dinner in a gourmet restaurant? 

Sotogrande offers a relaxed family and country club lifestyle with beach clubs, tennis, golf, water sports and spas, as well as hikes in the incredibly beautiful Andalusian countryside or the lively beach life at the Sotogrande beaches.

Sotogrande is characterised by its exclusivity and elegance, and is one of the largest resorts in Europe with its 2000 hectares of land.For further interest, please read in our sports sector about golf courses, polo clubs, tennis clubs, beach clubs, riding clubs, and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere offered by Sotogrande.

Sotogrande is a Mega Sports Resort, definitely one of the largest in Europe, considered the most exclusive private resort providing the warmest temperatures year round with the European continent. It is located in the municipal of San Roque, Cadiz. Sotogrande is famous for its residential area, its Golf courses, Polo, and Marina. It all started in 1962 when Filipino Freddy Melian received a free ticket to Spain from Swissair for being a frequent flier on the airline. Melian was employed by the Ayala Corporation in Makati (now part of Metro Manila, Philippines), and this company was the owner of many very upscale and exclusive housing developments like Forbes Park. The president of Ayala was Joseph McMicking, and he asked his cousin Melian to look for a suitable area by the Mediterranean for the company to build an exclusive resort. The land had to have one kilometre of coastline, abundant water, and easy access to an airport. Melian travelled along the whole Mediterranean coast of Spain on a motorcycle before he found what he liked. Melian returned to Makati with all his data. McMicking and his nephews Jaime and Enrique Zobel chose the property called Finca Paniagua in San Roque, close to Gibraltar. The Spanish authorities approved the development, which would be called Sotogrande. The property had an area of 1800 hectares. The first thing that McMicking did was in 1964 to hire Robert Trent Jones to design the first golf course in Sotogrande. At that time Robert Trent Jones was the world’s foremost golf course designer in the world. The finished golf course was named Real Club de Golf Sotogrande. In 1965 the polo club was built and named La Playa. Soon after that there were many major polo tournaments played in the club. Today there are nine polo grounds and the most important tournaments are the Gold Cup and the Silver Cup. About 45,000 persons attend the tournaments every year. The first hotel in Sotogrande was built in 1965 and called Tenis Hotel Sotogrande. The architect chosen for this project was the prominent Madrid architect Jose Antonio Corrales Gutierrez. The marina was inaugurated in 1987 with the name Puerto Deportivo Sotogrande. The property on the left side of the estuary of the Rio Guadiaro was acquired and many luxury apartments have been built there. It contains the Real Club Maritimo de Sotogrande today. A notable golf course is the Valderrama, which held the Ryder Cup of 1997. This golf course is now considered as the best golf course in Europe. This golf course has also held the Volvo Masters from 1986-1996 and 2002, and the World Golf Championship sponsored by American Express in 1999 and 2000. This golf course was called at first the Nuevo Sotogrande, built in 1974 by Robert Trent Jones and considered his masterpiece. In 1981 it was renamed Las Aves. In 1984 Jaime Ortiz-Patiño bought this course to hold the most challenging competitions and Jones redesigned the course and it was renamed Valderrama, which was the name of the original ranch located on this land. Today Sotogrande has four golf courses, namely Valderrama (ranked No. 1 in Europe), Real Club de Golf Sotogrande (ranked No. 7 in Europe), Almenara Golf, and La Reserva de Sotogrande. There are two tennis and paddle clubs, the Sotogrande Racquet Center and El Octogono. The riding school is called the Centro Hipico Sotogrande. The two beach clubs are El Cucurucho and El Octogono. There are three four-star hotels, namely Hotel Sotogrande, Hotel Club Maritimo Sotogrande, and Hotel Almenara. The last has a spa and the Sotogrande Health Resort. There is plenty of shopping at nearby Puerto Sotogrande, Supercor, Centro Comercial Sotomarket, Centro Comercial Paniagua, Plaza Blanca, Centro Comercial Mar y Sol and Pueblo Nuevo-Centro Comercial Sotovila. Medical care in Sotogrande is excellent, there are several large and small supermarkets, schools, and everything else you need. Despite all these facilities, activities and options, Sotogrande is a peaceful place, mostly frequented by discerning people who prefer to be discreet about their lot in life. Having said that Marbella, with all its chic shopping, restaurants, bars, and nightlife is only 25 minutes up the road. Real estate in Sotogrande consists of single plots between 1,000 m2 up to 12,000 m2, mansions, villas, townhouses and apartments on a low-density concept. These properties can be found on the “bajo” or “costa” part of the resort, the “alto” or inland hilly side, which affords spectacular views to Africa, the Marina and Port for those who prefer to be by the water, and the relatively new La Reserva, also on the upper side and close to the International School.

Sotogrande Homes

Sotogrande Homes

Mansions – Sotogrande offers some wonderful mansions in remote secure and very private areas. Build quality is to the highest standards. These magnificent homes are built on plots of over 4000 m2, and usually have a built area in excess of 1300 m2. Prices can range from 4 million € up to 20 million €.

Villas – Villas are the type of property most found in Sotogrande. They are located to benefit from the fantastic views if on the “Inland” side of the resort, or if on the “Coast” side, they are close to the beaches, the Real Club de Golf and the Yacht Club. Prices vary considerably and range from 500,000€ to 4,000,000€. Build dimensions are usually 250 m2 for the smallest up to 1300m2, constructed on plots sizes from 1000 m2 up to 4000 m2.

Apartments – Apartments are mostly located in the Port area or along the Marina. Prices start around 100,000 € for a studio rising up to 1,500,000 € for a penthouse. The newer apartments are of very good construction quality. Most apartments come with an underground parking space and many new developments would have a communal swimming pool.

Plots – A wide variety of plots can still be acquired in Sotogrande. These are available in stunning locations with breath taking views as well as remote locations, where privacy is a priority. Plots can be as small 1000m2 up to 12000m2. Front line golf plots start at 250 € m2. Generally speaking plots with sea views can start at 200€ m2. Of course many plots can be acquired at discounted prices.

Berths – Berths are at a premium in the Sotogrande Port. However the Marina does still have availability. Prices range from 30,000€ for a 6m x 3.2m berth, increasing to 1,500,000€ for a 35m x 8m mooring. An average 15m x 5.5m berth would cost around 100,000€. Bargains are always to be found.



Access – Sotogrande has a perfect location; to the west, only 15 minutes away is Gibraltar with its Airport and London connections, and within a two and a half hour drive you can reach Jerez, Cadiz or Seville. To the east, you have Estepona and Marbella. Now, with the toll road you can drive from Sotogrande to Marbella in less than half an hour. And in an hour you can be in Malaga International Airport.

Gibraltar – Gibraltar is a self-governing British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. Main Street in Gibraltar has many well-known British High Street shops such as Marks & Spencer, BHS, Mothercare, Dorothy Perkins, Top Shop, as well as many electrical goods stores, camera stores, jewelry and watches shops, all offering good value duty free shopping. The availability of a Morrison’s in Gibraltar allows residents of Sotogrande an opportunity to stock up with all the British foodstuffs that you may miss from the UK.

Beaches – The beaches in this part of Spain are not very crowded, they are very well maintained, and they are great fun. From Estepona to Gibraltar there are many beaches and coves where one can enjoy wonderful days. Further west towards Cadiz the beaches are wild with warm water sweeping up from the Caribbean. Sotogrande itself has two beach clubs.

Mountains and Natural Parks – Parque Natural de Las Marismas – Flooding in the winter but dry through the summer this is an important area for birdlife. There is a 15km. lineal walking trail from Barbate to the foot of Vejer. – Parque Natural del Estrecho. The pine forests and giant sand dune complexes of Bolonia and Punta Paloma are a delight. With great views across the Straits of Gibraltar to Africa this is one of Europe’s most important bird migration points. – The Alcornocales Natural Park is undoubtedly one of the jewels of Spain’s many protected nature reserves. Covering over 170,000 hectares this park is unique in Europe. Spectacular walking.

Sierra Nevada – Two and a half hours from Sotogrande you can ski. Sierra Nevada, defies many concepts associated with skiing. Located barely a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean coast, it has practically guaranteed sunshine, the best Spring snow conditions in Europe. As one of Europe’s highest resorts it is (perhaps surprisingly) very snow sure and typically has a long season. Traditionally the season starts around the end of November running through to the end of April or even into the first week of May.



Golf – Sotogrande is synonymous with golf. Golfers are spoilt for choice with a variety of courses to suit all. Local courses include Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, Valderrama, San Roque (Old and New), Almenara, La Cañada, La Reserva, and Alcaidesa (one and two). Finca Cortesin course is 15 minutes away. Counting the existing courses we have 189 golf holes within a 7km radius in and around Sotogrande, with at least 18 more upcoming.

Polo – Though not many of us can afford to play polo, watching is free. And there’s nowhere better to see a game than on the famous Rio grounds. Protected by mature trees and adjoining the luxurious estate of Sotogrande, these pitches are renowned as the best in the world. This is partly due to their location: flanked on various sides by a tropical nursery, the rio Guadiaro river (from which the grounds take their name), and vistas of blue skies, sun and distant mountains. Yet they are close to the main CN340 higSotogrande Beachhway and partly because of the climate upkeep is easy.

Boating – The Sotogrande Marina was developed paying close attention to detail ensuring beautiful architecture and quality throughout. No expense was spared and as a result, Sotogrande is one of the most prestigious marinas in Spain and the resort properties are some of the most sought after in Europe. Sotogrande Marina has a sailing and yachting club offering a wide variety of boating activities to suit all individual requirements including RYA courses, boat hire and chartering services. Sotogrande Marina offers a peaceful retreat by day and night with a selection of bars and restaurants offering the perfect atmosphere to dine alfresco. Ke Bar seems to be the meeting point for all of Sotogrande.

Equestrian – Sotogrande has an Equestrian Centre within the resort offering riding schools, classes, guided horseback excursions and competitions. The Equestrian Centre also has a show jumping course with the newest surface technology. San Roque is also renowned for its superb horse-riding facilities and The San Roque Club has an Equestrian Centre of its own. This prestigious Centre in San Roque is the perfect place for keen horse-riders and offers great countryside treks in the local natural park of Tesorillo, San Enrique and Jimena.

Racquets – The Racquet Centre in Sotogrande is located next to The Cucurucho Beach Club and offers excellent padel and tennis sport facilities. For padel lovers, the center has various courts even one glass-walled padel court. Lessons are available for players of all standards. The Octogono club is located at the roundabout by the bridge over the River Guadiaro. It has six tennis courts (three fast surface, three clay and 5 newly laid paddle courts). It offers individual and group lessons, a sports shop and a bar where you can enjoy watching sports events while having a drink and socializing.

Cycling – Take a drive around Sotogrande and it’s surrounding areas and you will see scores of cyclists.  With stunning coastal views of both Gibraltar and Morocco, and surrounded by the hill top towns of Casares, Gaucin and San Roque, Sotogrande has it all for cyclists of all abilities.  If you really want to test your legs, the high climbs and descents of Ronda are only 80 km away. So good is the cycling in this part of Europe that one of the three Grand Tours visits the area almost every year (http://www.lavuelta.com/).  As a result, the roads around Sotogrande often host many professional cyclists, large groups of club cyclists and many others just wanting to get out and experience the beautiful scenery on 2 wheels.  The high volume of cyclists has made the roads safe, as most drivers regularly pass cyclists and treat them with the respect and distance they require. Whether you are a Grand Tour winning pro or taking to 2 wheels for the first time, Sotogrande has a cycling experience for you.

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