Sotogrande, Costa Del Sol, Spain
Area guide Sotogrande, Sotogrande Travel guide
The stunning resort of Sotogrande can be found on the Costa del Sol in southern Andalusia mainland Spain. Just 25km from the delights of Gibraltar this lovely area is ideally situated to further explore all that Spain has to offer. Internationally recognised as one of the leading destinations for golf, sailing and equestrian sports this is a popular resort for sports lovers. Sun worshippers are not left out as the beaches are beautiful with plenty of upmarket beach clubs and the marina is the place to hang out with a wide range of excellent bars, restaurants and clubs on offer. Sotogrande was specifically designed as a leading resort that offers an upmarket lifestyle to those who prefer the finer things that life has to offer and you can experience them here.
Things to do in Sotogrande
Sotogrande is in the province of Cadiz and is known for its luxury residences and offers a chic lifestyle and it’s a lifestyle to be envied. It’s a super location close to the beautiful Guadiaro Estuary which is a natural reserve of marshland and it is protected. If you enjoy bird watching, rambling, hiking or walking and taking in the scenery this is the place to do it. Sotogrande has many other sports on offer so you can take part in lots of outdoor activities such as water sports, sailing, tennis, world class golf and polo to name just a few.
Sotogrande beaches and beach clubs
There are a variety of beaches, some large with vast golden sands and some small and intimate offering a cosy atmosphere. You can simply spend a day lazing on the beach soaking up the glorious sun or take a walk along the water’s edge and marvel at the picturesque views whether it’s at sunrise or sunset. Views of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea will make you relax and unwind and simply breathe in the fresh sea air.
Visit the beaches of Sotogrande Port Beach, Torrequadiaro Beach, Alcaidesa Beaches of Torrecarbonera and Hacienda plus Cala Sardina Beach otherwise known as Playa El Cabrero and Cala Taraje. Fantastic beach clubs such as Club de Playa El Octógono and the Club de Playa El Cucurucho are fabulous summer venues with a lively atmosphere, pools and trendy bars plus restaurants that offer waiter service so you don’t need to move from the comfort of your sun lounger.
Sotogrande outdoor activities
Let’s begin with golf and Sotogrande boasts to having some of the best golf courses in all of Spain. Not only that, a few of them have been awarded the prestigious title of being some of the best in the world! No wonder Sotogrande is so popular, especially for golfing holidays it’s a first class destination for those who want to enjoy exclusive facilities in beautiful surroundings. The Ryder Cup and The Volvo Masters are played at the globally famous The Club de Golf de Valderrama which first opened in 1974, with all the big names in the business playing there. There are numerous other golf courses here too, making it a superb resort for the avid golfer such as The San Roque Club, La Reserva Golf, Almenara Golf, The Club de Golf La Cañada and The Real Club de Golf of Sotogrande.
The Sotogrande Equestrian Club is where you can indulge in your passion for anything to do with Equestrian events from horse riding to dressage events. If you prefer to sit on the side lines and be a spectator you can marvel at these graceful animals and their riders.
Sailing and the marina
The marina is the place to hang out and this yacht club offers a high class marina which has a 683 berth capacity and there are a number of beach clubs dotted along here, which offer unadulterated luxury, and this is where you should be seen along with everyone else who wants this lifestyle. Often referred to as “Little Venice” it’s a charming location to spend an afternoon sitting and enjoying an appetizing light lunch or evening dinner. If you fancy a spot of whale and dolphin watching, from Gibraltar you can go on a boat tour to watch these delightful mammals in their natural environment.
Fans of Polo are in for a real treat with The Santa María Polo Club being here, it is one of the most prestigious polo clubs across the globe. Its reputation is second to none and attracts thousands of keen polo players and international and professional players from far and wide who compete at events at this renowned club each year. The Polo Club has spa facilities with nearby shopping which is of course designer with exclusive boutiques and brand name stores.
Walking, hiking and cycling
In Sotogrande and the surrounding areas, there are many beautiful paths and trails plus cycling routes, you can explore and enjoy the scenery. Either discover the coast or head inland for mountain views, all are spectacular. As Sotogrande is situated close to the Straits of Gibraltar there are many delightful picturesque caves and coves superb for exploring marine life. Sotogrande lies at the foothills of the Sierra Almenara Mountain range and offers extensive views of the coast, cork forests, golf courses and the Rock of Gibraltar.
Sightseeing outside of Sotogrande
Sotogrande is in a superb position to further explore more of Spain and everything that southern Andalusia has to offer. Within a 20 km radius from Sotogrande, southern Andalusia opens up to reveal all its hidden gems and is waiting to be explored by keen travellers. Gibraltar is a mere 24 km away, Marbella is 57 km away and Cadiz is 124.4 km. If you fancy a few days away then head to Seville which is a 203.3 km drive or visit Granada which is a 232.9 km drive.
Eating out in Sotogrande
As you would expect there are a whole range of bars and excellent restaurants in Sotogrande and they offer delicious authentic cuisine and international dishes to please all customers. Everyone is welcome from couples and groups of friends to families in this delightful resort. Customer satisfaction is expected in Sotogrande, this is an elite resort and only the very best will do across the board. The marina is a lovely venue it boasts of beautiful canals that are lined with stylish bars and chic restaurants offering local dishes and international cuisine.
Getting to Sotogrande
From London you can fly to Malaga Airport in 2 hours and 50 minutes making it an ideal summer holiday vacation or a weekend break destination. Golfers from Europe can spend many a long weekend here due to the close proximity of the UK and other European countries. Malaga Airport is best for foreign travellers to fly in to, to reach Sotogrande. From Malaga Airport to Sotogrande the transfer is 105.5 km, you can also fly in to Gibraltar Airport which is just 22.5 km away from the resort.
Climate in Sotogrande
The climate in Sotogrande is a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. The sun shines for 300 days per year offering lovely weather year round. The temperature in January is 13°C which is the coldest month and the warmest month is August with an average temperature of 25°C. July sees the most daily sunshine hours with 11.
If you want a luxury resort on the Spanish coast head to Sotogrande for a well-deserved holiday. Although expect to fall in love with the location as many have already, there is a good size expat community there who love this way of life. It offers beautiful property for sale in Sotogrande from apartments to penthouses with panoramic views of delightful beaches and the blue Mediterranean that shimmers in the sunlight. This superb lifestyle is waiting for you and you deserve it!