What is Sotogrande?

Sotogrande is one of the largest and most luxurious residential developments in Europe, located in the province of Cadiz in the Andalusia region of southern Spain. This exclusive enclave is known for its marina, world-renowned golf courses such as Valderrama, and a wide variety of sporting facilities including polo, sailing, tennis and paddle tennis. The area attracts an international clientele seeking privacy, luxury and an active lifestyle in a naturally beautiful setting.

In addition to sporting facilities, Sotogrande offers a variety of high-end accommodation options, ranging from modern flats to palatial villas. The community is designed with a focus on quality of life, offering 24-hour security, an international school and a variety of restaurants and shops. Its proximity to places such as Marbella, Gibraltar and Malaga makes it a strategically located location for those interested in exploring the region.

When was Sotogrande founded?

Sotogrande was founded in 1962 by Filipino businessman Joseph Rafael McMicking and his wife, Mercedes Zobel de Ayala y Roxas. McMicking acquired five estates in the region with the aim of creating a luxury residential and sporting community. From its inception, Sotogrande was conceived as an exclusive enclave that would offer a wide range of sporting facilities, including golf courses and polo fields, as well as first-class residential properties. .

Over the years, Sotogrande has undergone significant development and has become an internationally recognised luxury destination. It has maintained its reputation for excellence in sports such as golf and polo, and has added a range of other high quality facilities and services. The resort has attracted an international clientele and continues to be a prestigious and exclusive location on the southern coast of Spain.

What is the history of Sotogrande?

The history of Sotogrande begins in the 1960’s with a Filipino-American businessman named Joseph McMicking. Keen to replicate the luxury resorts that were already established in California and the Philippines, he set about exploring Southern Spain for a comparable location. Quality of land, water resources and beaches were the essential requisites for his vision of an upmarket golf centered community.

In the San Roque area of Cadiz, Finca Paniagua, an agricultural property of over 1800 hectares, was discovered and quickly purchased. The location matched all the requirements for this elite new development and so the Sotogrande project was conceptualised. This was followed by the acquisition of Finca de la Campana, Finca Valderrama, Finca El Conchudo and Finca Sotogrande, which together formed the perfect landmass to create the new estate.

Robert Trent Jones was appointed to design the centre piece of this new community; nothing less than the best Golf course in Europe. This is what we now know as Club Real de Golf Sotogrande and what is responsible for putting Sotogrande on the map for the upper-class aristocrats of Europe.

This was swiftly followed by the development of the regions first polo field, hosting its first international tournament in 1967. With growing interest in the resort from around the club, a hotel was next on the plan for construction and the plans soon snowballed into residential property, the first beach club and commercial centre. Despite a minor setback in the late 60’s when the border between Gibraltar and Spain was closed, plans for the resort pressed ahead. Further polo fields and golf courses were commissioned and plans for a marina emerged in the 1980’s to capitalise on the potential of a sea front real estate offering.

Since this pivotal moment, the resort has gone from strength to strength, out-doing itself time and time again with ever impressive evolutions of urbanisations and leisure facilities.This is what leads us to the Sotogrande we know today.

Sotogrande has hosted numerous high profile sporting events, including golf tournaments such as the 1997 Ryder Cup and polo and sailing competitions, which have contributed to its global reputation. The development has also undergone changes in ownership and management over the years, but has maintained its focus on exclusivity and luxury.

In terms of development, the community has seen the incorporation of modern and sustainable infrastructures, such as advanced security systems and eco-friendly technologies. These advances have enabled Sotogrande to remain a world-class destination, adapting to the changing needs of its residents and visitors.

Where is Sotogrande?

Sotogrande is located on the south coast of Spain, in the province of Cadiz, within the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is situated around the mouth of the Guadiaro River and stretches along part of the Costa del Sol. The urbanisation is in a strategic location, close to important destinations such as Marbella, Gibraltar and Malaga, making it easy to access and explore the surrounding region.

In terms of accessibility, Sotogrande is well connected to several nearby airports, including Gibraltar Airport, Malaga Airport and Jerez Airport. In addition, the network of roads and motorways, such as the A-7, allows for easy travel both within and outside the community. This excellent connectivity makes Sotogrande an attractive and accessible destination for residents and visitors alike.

What is Sotogrande SA?

Sotogrande S.A. is the company that originally owned the estate.  They remain owners and/or developer for the parts of Sotogrande which had yet to be developed.  Recently they have developed the Village Verde apartments, La Reserva Club and will continue to develop projects on the land/properties that they still own.  Founded in 1962, the company has been the driving force behind the development and promotion of this exclusive community, which includes high quality residential properties, world-renowned golf courses, polo facilities and a marina, among other amenities.

Over the years, Sotogrande S.A. has maintained its focus on quality, exclusivity and luxury, ensuring that the estate meets the highest standards. The company is responsible for the planning and development of new residential areas and amenities, including the SO/Sotogrande 5 star hotel, to ensure that Sotogrande continues to be a first class destination for its residents and visitors.

How big is Sotogrande?

Sotogrande covers an extensive area of approximately 20 square kilometres, making it one of the largest residential developments in Europe. The community is designed with a focus on spaciousness and privacy, offering large plots of land and open spaces that include golf courses, polo areas, tennis and paddle tennis clubs and natural areas.

This considerable expanse allows Sotogrande to offer a wide variety of facilities and services, from sports and recreation to state-of-the-art accommodation options. The spaciousness of the area also contributes to the exclusive and tranquil atmosphere that characterises this luxurious urbanisation.

How many homes are there in Sotogrande?

The exact number of homes in Sotogrande can vary due to the continuous development of the urbanisation. However, it is estimated that there are around 6,000 properties in the area, which include a variety of property types such as villas, flats and townhouses. These properties are spread across different areas of Sotogrande, each with its own character and set of amenities.

It is important to note that these numbers are approximate and may change over time due to new developments and construction projects. The diversity and number of properties reflect the breadth and exclusivity of Sotogrande as one of the largest and most luxurious residential communities in Europe.

How many sectors does Sotogrande have?

Sotogrande is divided into several areas or sectors, each with its own unique characteristics.

In the following image you can see a map of Sotogrande and Pueblo Nuevo distinguishing each area by colour.

Sotogrande Map by areas


Within the urbanisation:

  • Kings and Queens of Sotogrande area (yellow)
  • La Marina area of Sotogrande (turquoise)
  • Zone A and B of Sotogrande Costa (purple)
  • Central Sotogrande Zone (blue)
  • Sotogrande Alto Zone (red)
  • La Reserva (green)

Around Sotogrande:

  • San Roque Club
  • Torreguadiaro
  • Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro
  • Punta Chullera
  • Alcaidesa

What are the most exclusive residential areas of Sotogrande?

  • Sotogrande Costa: This is the oldest and most established area of Sotogrande, known for its large plots and majestic villas. It is close to the sea and the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande and offers a tranquil and elegant ambience. It is the flattest area of Sotogrande. View all properties for sale in Sotogrande Costa.
  • La Reserva de Sotogrande: This area is known for “The Beach”, its large sandy swimming pool next to the man-made lake where water sports can be enjoyed, its world-class golf club, tennis and paddle tennis club and its restaurants. The properties here are spacious and offer panoramic views. View all properties for sale in La Reserva de Sotogrande.
  • Sotogrande Alto: Situated at a higher elevation, this area offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean and surrounding golf courses, such as the famous Valderrama. Properties tend to be large villas with extensive gardens. View all properties for sale in Sotogrande Alto.
  • Puerto Sotogrande: This is the marina area, where you will find luxury flats and penthouses with sea views. This lively Mediterranean harbour is noted for its colourful and pretty squares filled with plants and fountains along with a variety of restaurants and shops. The marina properties are under a concession from the Junta de Andalucia until 2057, although this does not prevent the sale and purchase of the properties. View all properties for sale in Sotogrande Puerto.
  • Sotogrande Marina: Inspired by Venetian towns, the Marina has canals and bridges, allowing residents to moor boats close to their homes, offering a quieter, more residential atmosphere with less commercial traffic. View all villas and flats for sale in La Marina de Sotogrande.
  • Kings and Queens: This area, located in Sotogrande Costa, is particularly prestigious and consists mainly of large villas on large plots. It is known for its proximity to the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande. View houses and villas for sale in Reyes y Reinas.

Each of these areas offers a unique lifestyle and a variety of high-end amenities, making them the most exclusive within the Sotogrande community.

Which areas of Sotogrande have sea views?

  • Puerto Sotogrande: This area of the marina features luxury flats and penthouses offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and harbour.
  • Sotogrande Costa: Although this area is best known for its villas and proximity to sports facilities, some properties, especially those closer to the beach, offer sea views.
  • Sotogrande Alto: Situated at a higher elevation, this area offers spectacular views that in some cases include the Mediterranean Sea. Properties here tend to be luxury villas with extensive gardens.
  • La Reserva de Sotogrande: The highest part of La Reserva has the most spectacular panoramic views from Marbella to the African coast and the peak of the Rock of Gibraltar, each of these areas has its own character and set of amenities, but all offer the opportunity to enjoy sea views in a setting of luxury and exclusivity.

View all properties for sale in Sotogrande with sea views.

What types of properties are available in Sotogrande?

In Sotogrande, there is a wide selection of property types available to suit different lifestyles and preferences. Some of the most common property types are:

  • Villas in Sotogrande: These are generally luxury properties with large plots of land, gardens and private swimming pools. Villas can vary in design from more traditional Andalusian styles to modern and contemporary architecture. View all villas for sale in Sotogrande.
  • Flats in Sotogrande: Located mainly in the marina area and in some residential complexes, flats in Sotogrande tend to offer amenities such as communal swimming pools, gyms and 24-hour security. View all flats for sale in Sotogrande.
  • Penthouses in Sotogrande: These properties offer panoramic views and are usually located in luxury apartment buildings, especially in the marina area. View all penthouses for sale in Sotogrande.
  • Townhouses in Sotogrande: These are detached houses that share one or more walls with other houses. They tend to have smaller gardens and are designed to offer a more communal lifestyle. View all homes for sale in Sotogrande.
  • Plots in Sotogrande: For those interested in building their own home, there are plots of land available in different areas of Sotogrande, including areas with sea or golf course views. View all plots for sale in Sotogrande.
  • Moorings in Sotogrande: For boating enthusiasts, the Sotogrande marina offers moorings that can be purchased or rented, providing direct access to the Mediterranean Sea. View all berths and moorings for sale in Sotogrande.
  • Fincas near Sotogrande: Located around Sotogrande you can find these properties, often with large tracts of land, which may include features such as horse stables or agricultural facilities. View all fincas for sale near Sotogrande.

Each property type offers a unique set of features and amenities, allowing prospective buyers to choose according to their needs and lifestyle.

What services and amenities can I expect in Sotogrande properties?

In Sotogrande, properties typically offer a wide variety of high quality services and amenities to ensure a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle. Some of the most common amenities are:

  • Security: Sotogrande offers a robust security system with 24/7 surveillance and access controls at the main entrances, ensuring a safe and secure environment for residents and visitors.
  • Swimming pools: Both private pools in villas and communal pools in apartment complexes are common in Sotogrande.
  • Gardens: Villas and some other properties tend to have private gardens, while residential complexes often offer communal green areas.
  • Sports Facilities: Access to world-class golf courses, tennis and polo courts, as well as nautical facilities in the marina.
  • Parking Spaces: Most properties offer parking spaces, either in private garages or in designated areas.
  • Concierge Services: Some residential complexes and apartment buildings offer concierge services to assist with various needs and requirements.
  • Gyms: Some complexes offer well-equipped gyms as part of the building amenities.
  • Views: Depending on the location, properties may offer views of the sea, golf course or natural landscapes.
  • Moorings: For sailing enthusiasts, the option of having a mooring in the marina is an added convenience.

These amenities contribute to Sotogrande’s appeal as a luxury residential destination, offering an exclusive and varied lifestyle.

How much does it cost to buy a house in Sotogrande?

The cost of buying a home in Sotogrande can vary significantly depending on a number of factors such as location within the development, property type, size, amenities and views. As a general guideline:

  • Sotogrande villa prices: Prices for luxury villas can range from 1 million euros to over 10 million euros for exceptional properties with sea or golf course views and high-end amenities.
  • Sotogrande flat prices: Prices for flats in Sotogrande usually start in the range of 300,000 to 400,000 euros and can go up to over 2 million euros for luxury penthouses with sea views.
  • Price of townhouses in Sotogrande: These properties usually have prices ranging from 500,000 to 1.5 million euros, depending on location and amenities.
  • Plots in Sotogrande: Building plots can cost from a few hundred thousand euros to several million euros, depending on the location and size of the plot.
  • Mooring prices in Sotogrande: Prices for moorings in the marina can vary widely, from tens of thousands of euros to over 200,000 euros, depending on the size and location of the mooring.

Typical price range for properties on Sotogrande by area:

  • Kings & Queens: € 2.25M – € 12M
  • La Marina: € 350.000 – € 2.5M
  • A & B: € 700.000 – € 3M
  • Sotogrande Central: € 800.000 – € 4M
  • Sotogrande Alto: € 800.000 – € 18M
  • La Reserva: € 700.000 – € 22M

*Please note that the prices depend on where the property is located in each respective area, the type, the size of the plot, type of views and much more.

**Prices can sometimes go over or under the price range depending of the circumstances.

It is important to note that these prices are approximate and can fluctuate due to market conditions and other factors. If you are interested in buying a property in Sotogrande, please contact us for the most accurate and up to date information.


Is Sotogrande a popular place to live?

Yes, Sotogrande is considered a very popular place to live, especially among those seeking a luxurious and exclusive lifestyle in a naturally beautiful setting. Located on the Costa del Sol, in the province of Cadiz, Andalusia, Sotogrande is known for its tranquil atmosphere, high quality facilities and international community.

  • Exclusivity and Luxury: Sotogrande is famous for its luxury properties, which include palatial villas, modern flats and plots for custom-built homes. The area also offers a variety of exclusive clubs, such as the Valderrama Golf Club, the Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande, the Santa María Polo Club and La Reserva Club.
  • Sports and Outdoor Activities: It is a popular destination for golf, polo, water sports, tennis and paddle tennis enthusiasts. The world-class golf courses and polo facilities attract enthusiasts from all over the world.
  • International Community: Given its proximity to Gibraltar and its association with various foreign companies and communities, Sotogrande has a diverse population that includes many nationalities, adding to the cosmopolitan feel of the place.
  • Quality of Life: The combination of a pleasant climate, beautiful scenery and a wide range of services and amenities makes Sotogrande a highly desirable place to live.

For all these reasons, Sotogrande continues to be a popular place for those seeking a combination of luxury, privacy and outdoor activities in a spectacular coastal setting.

What is there to do in Sotogrande?

Sotogrande offers a wide variety of activities and experiences for residents and visitors alike. Here are just some of the things to do in this exclusive urbanisation:

  • Golf in Sotogrande: Sotogrande is known for its world-class golf courses, such as Valderrama, Real Club de Golf Sotogrande and La Reserva, where you can enjoy rounds of golf in spectacular surroundings. Check out our blog “Top Golf Courses in Sotogrande…”.
  • Polo in Sotogrande: Polo in Sotogrande is noted for its history since 1965 and its world-class facilities, hosting major international tournaments and a centre of attraction for global players and fans.
  • Sailing and Watersports in Sotogrande: The Sotogrande marina is the ideal place for sailing, kayaking and other water sports.
  • Tennis and Paddle Tennis in Sotogrande: There are several clubs offering tennis and paddle tennis courts, as well as lessons and tournaments.
  • Beaches in Sotogrande: Sotogrande has beautiful beaches where you can sunbathe, swim or practice water sports such as sailing, scuba diving, paddle surfing, etc.
  • Hiking and Nature in Sotogrande: The proximity to natural parks and scenic areas makes Sotogrande an excellent starting point for hiking and nature watching.
  • Gastronomy in Sotogrande: There is a wide variety of restaurants offering everything from local cuisine to international dishes.
  • Wellness in Sotogrande: SO/Sotogrande SPA offers a wide selection of treatments to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Shopping in Sotogrande: The shops in the Marina offer a selection of fashion, accessories and homeware. In addition, the Levante Market, held on Sundays, is an excellent place to buy local produce and handicrafts. Sotogrande is also close to places such as Marbella and Gibraltar, which offer excellent shopping opportunities.
  • Social and Cultural Events in Sotogrande: From sporting tournaments to cultural events and festivals, Sotogrande has a calendar of events that offers something for everyone.
  • El Octógono Beach Club: This club offers swimming pools, restaurants and beach access, and is a popular place to relax and socialise.
  • Trocadero Sotogrande: Offers a variety of activities ranging from dining at its high quality restaurant to relaxing by the pool or in the beach cabanas. It is also a popular venue for social events and its Flamenco Festival.

What is life like for children in Sotogrande?

Life for children in Sotogrande is generally considered safe, active and enriching. The urbanisation offers a variety of activities and facilities that make it especially attractive to families. Below are some of the features that make Sotogrande an ideal place for children:

  • Sporting Activities in Sotogrande: With access to golf courses, tennis and paddle clubs, as well as sailing and horse-riding schools, children have ample opportunities to engage in sports and outdoor activities. La Cañada is the finest golf academy for children in Europe.
  • Education in Sotogrande: Sotogrande is home to an exceptionally high-quality international school, the Sotogrande International School.
  • Security in Sotogrande: Safety is a priority in Sotogrande, allowing children to move with relative freedom within the community.
  • Outdoor Spaces in Sotogrande: The numerous green areas, parks, and beaches provide an ideal environment for children to play and explore.
  • Cultural and Social Activities in Sotogrande: From workshops to summer camps and community events, there are many activities designed for children’s development and entertainment.
  • El Octógono Beach Club: This club is very family-friendly and offers pools and activities specially designed for children.
  • International Community of Sotogrande: The diversity of the community in Sotogrande provides a unique opportunity for children to familiarise themselves with different cultures and lifestyles.
  • Proximity to Attractions from Sotogrande: Sotogrande is relatively close to other cities and tourist attractions in Andalusia, making family outings, like to Sierra Nevada for winter sports, quite convenient.

In summary, Sotogrande offers an enriching and secure environment for children, full of opportunities for physical, intellectual, and social development.

Read our blog “Sotogrande: A Children´s Paradise” for more information.

Schools in and around Sotogrande

Nurseries in Sotogrande

  • International Montessori School: Offers a programme for children from 5 months to 3 years old, centred on the Montessori method.
  • Alma Forest School: Education at Alma Forest School focuses on learning through exploration and play, rather than traditional teaching. The school offers programmes for different age groups, from pre-school to high school, with a curriculum that encourages conceptual and advanced learning.
  • CEI Campanilla: Public kindergarten in San Enrique, from 0 to 2 years. Telephone: +34 636 92 93 17.
  • Fundamentals: Located near Sotogrande, this nursery offers an educational approach based on nature and outdoor play.

Private Schools in and around Sotogrande

Public Schools and Institutes in Sotogrande

  • CEIP Gloria Fuertes in Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro. Telephone: +34 956 67 09 00.
  • IES Sierra Almenara: In Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, offers secondary education. Telephone: +34 956 67 02 77.

Activities and Camps in Sotogrande

In addition to the educational offerings in the area there are also various extra-curricular options and camps for all ages:

  • Après School Art Club: This site focuses on artistic creation and dissemination, offering art classes for children and young people. Activities are designed to encourage creativity through illustration, painting, sculpture, modelling, technology, photography, architecture, fashion and art history. Classes for Little Artists include painting, drawing, collage and modelling, providing a playful introduction to the world of art.
  • Tejas Verdes / Green Gables: This magical place offers a variety of services focused on outdoor activities for children. They include after-school workshops, weekend activities, holiday camps (Christmas, Easter and Summer), birthday celebrations, sleepovers and educational activities for schools. The activities cover topics such as gardening, archaeology, farming, cooking, dance, among others.
  • Sotogrande Camps – Talent Academy : This summer camp offers a unique experience in Spain, combining sport, language, education and fun. It is aimed at children, teenagers and adults (up to 20 years old) of all nationalities.
  • Equestrian Camp in Sotogrande: Ertheo organises this camp in Sotogrande with training sessions at the Santa María Polo Club.

Sports and Activities in Sotogrande

Water Sports in Sotogrande

  • Sailing in Sotogrande: The Sotogrande Marina is an ideal location for sailing and other water sports.
  • Paddle-surf and Kayak in Sotogrande: The Mediterranean waters are perfect for these activities.
  • Scuba diving in Sotogrande: The crystal-clear waters of the coast offer diving opportunities.
  • Fishing in Sotogrande: The coastal area offers various opportunities for sports fishing; this region is especially known for tuna fishing.
  • Water skiing and Wakeboarding in Sotogrande: These activities are also popular and can be practised in nearby waters.
  • Windsurfing, Kite Surfing, Wind Foil and Surfing in Sotogrande: These sports are possible in Sotogrande when weather conditions allow, especially in autumn and winter. In addition, in Tarifa, a 40-minute drive away, these sports can be enjoyed 300 days a year.

Tennis, Paddle and Pickleball in Sotogrande

Gyms and Wellness Centres in Sotogrande

  • Sotogrande Social Fitness: A community gym that offers a variety of classes and activities.
  • One4One Fitness Club: Specialised in functional training and group classes.
  • Active Fitness: Offers a wide range of gym equipment and fitness classes.
  • SO/Sotogrande Wellness Club: A modern gym with state-of-the-art equipment and led classes.
  • Other Specialised Centres: In addition, there are several centres offering private yoga, pilates and personal training classes.

Other activities in Sotogrande

  • Horse Riding in Sotogrande: There are several equestrian centres in the surroundings.
  • Hiking and Cycling in Sotogrande: The nearby hills and natural parks offer excellent routes.

Golf courses in Sotogrande

Valderrama Golf Club: The number one in Continental Europe.

  • Location: Avenida Los Cortijos, Sotogrande.
  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones.
  • Features: 18 holes, par 71, 6,356 metres.
  • Services: Exclusive clubhouse, golf shop, restaurants.
  • Notes: It is one of the most prestigious golf courses in Europe and has hosted numerous international tournaments, including the Ryder Cup. Very private club.

Real Club de Golf Sotogrande: Founded in 1964 it was one of the first 5 in Spain.

  • Location: Paseo del Parque, Sotogrande.
  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones.
  • Characteristics: 18 holes, par 72, 6.224 metres.
  • Services: Clubhouse, restaurant, pro shop, practice area.
  • Notes: One of the oldest and most respected golf courses in Spain, known for its challenging design and fast greens.

La Reserva Club Sotogrande: Great course in the top 10 in Spain.

  • Location: Avenida La Reserva, Sotogrande.
  • Designer: Cabell B. Robinson.
  • Features: 18 holes, par 72, 6,448 metres.
  • Services: Luxury clubhouse, spa, swimming pool, restaurants.
  • Notes: Known for its great condition and panoramic views.

Almenara Golf: Offers a 27-hole course.

  • Location: Avenida Almenara, Sotogrande.
  • Designer: Dave Thomas.
  • Characteristics: 27 holes, allows different combinations of rounds.
  • Services: Hotel, spa, restaurants, golf academy.
  • Notes: Located in a natural setting, it offers a versatile golf experience with three courses of 9 holes each.

San Roque Club: Offers two 18-hole golf courses, San Roque Old recently refurbished.

  • Location: Carretera N-340, near Sotogrande.
  • Designers: Dave Thomas and Seve Ballesteros.
  • Features: Two 18-hole courses.
  • Services: Clubhouse, golf academy, restaurants, golf shop.
  • Notes: Although not in Sotogrande, it is very close and offers two distinct golf courses, the Old Course and the New Course, each with its own set of challenges.

La Hacienda Link: Features two golf courses, it was completely rebuilt in 2022.

  • Location: Alcaidesa
  • Designer: Kurtis Bowman.
  • Features: Two golf courses, Heathland Golf Course and Links Golf Course, with a total of 36 holes.
  • Services: Academy, Club House, restaurants, changing rooms and buggy and buggy hire.
  • Notes: Stunning views of the sea and Gibraltar.

La Cañada: Local course.

  • Location: In the elevated area of Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro.
  • Designer: Robert Trent Jones and Dave Thomas.
  • Characteristics: Its greens are wide with slopes and very well maintained. Ideal course for strategic play.
  • Services: Academy, restaurant and golf shop.
  • Notes: It has the Municipal School of Golf qualified as one of the most important in Andalusia and Spain.


How do you become a member of the different Clubs in Sotogrande?

To become a member of the different clubs in Sotogrande, each institution has its own application process and admission criteria. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Valderrama Golf Club: Membership has to be by invitation.
  • Real Club de Golf Sotogrande: You will need a recommendation from a current member and approval from the membership committee, along with entrance and annual fees.
  • Santa María Polo Club: Membership may require a recommendation and approval from a committee. Fees vary depending on the type of membership.
  • Real Club Marítimo de  Sotogrande: This Yacht Club offers different types of memberships and generally requires an application form, entrance fees and annual fees.
  • La Reserva Club: Offers different levels of membership with entrance and annual fees. The facilities include sports and leisure activities.
  • Beach and Tennis Club El Octógono: To become a member you must buy a Club share, pay the amount required for activation and pay the annual membership fee.
  • Other Sports and Social Clubs: These may have specific requirements like skill tests, interviews or fees.

It is advisable to contact each club directly to obtain detailed information on membership requirements, fees, and benefits. Each club has its own set of rules and procedures, so it is crucial to understand these details before applying.

Information on Polo Clubs in Sotogrande

Santa María Polo Club

  • Location: Finca Los Pinos, Autovía A-7 Exit 133, Sotogrande.
  • Fields: 11 polo fields, including the famous Los Pinos field.
  • Main Events: International Polo Tournament, which is one of the four most important tournaments in the global polo circuit.
  • Additional Services:
    • Clubhouse with a restaurant and luxury shops.
    • Polo school for all ages and levels.
    • High-quality stables and training areas.
  • Notes: Santa María Polo Club is one of the best polo clubs in Europe and offers tournaments and lessons for all levels.

Ayala Polo Club

  • Location: Carretera de San Enrique, near Sotogrande.
  • Fields: Several high-quality polo fields.
  • Main Events: Local and regional tournaments.
  • Charity events and minor competitions.
  • Additional Services:
    • Clubhouse with basic facilities.
    • Polo school.
    • Stables and training areas.
  • Notes: Though smaller than Santa María Polo Club, Ayala Polo Club has a strong reputation and is highly respected in the polo community. It is known for its more intimate and relaxed atmosphere.

Polo Valley

  • Location: Carretera de San Enrique to Secadero, near Sotogrande.
  • Fields: Specialised training fields.
  • Main Events:
    • Polo clinics.
    • Training programmes.
  • Additional Services:
    • Specialised training facilities.
    • Polo school with professional coaches.
    • Accommodation for students and visitors.
  • Notes: Polo Valley is ideal for those who wish to learn polo or improve their skills. It offers a more educational and training-focused approach, making it unique in the region.

The Best Beaches in Sotogrande

In Sotogrande

  • Sotogrande Beach: A sandy beach with calm waters, ideal for families. Amenities such as beach bars and sunbed rentals are available in summer.
  • Catamarans Beach: Smaller and quieter, near the Marina. Perfect for a more intimate atmosphere.
  • Guadalquitón Beach: Located in a nature reserve, ideal for a quieter, natural setting.

Close to Sotogrande

  • Torreguadiaro Beach: Located in the neighbouring town of Torreguadiaro, popular for diving. (5 minutes by car)
  • Alcaidesa Beach: Known for its natural beauty and popular among windsurfing enthusiasts. (10 minutes by car)
  • Cala Sardina: Between the Hotel Milla de Plata and Punta Chullera is this cove of crystal clear waters, with two beachfront restaurants and parking.
  • Punta Chullera: A more secluded beach with crystal-clear waters. (6 minutes by car)
  • Dunes of Bolonia: Famous for its imposing dunes and natural beauty. (1 hour and 15 minutes by car)

Each beach offers something unique, be it in terms of ambiance, services, or activities. Distances and travel times are approximate and may vary depending on traffic conditions.

What are the most notable events and festivals in Sotogrande?

  • International Polo Tournament: This annual event at the Santa María Polo Club is one of Sotogrande’s most prestigious.
  • Sotogrande Music Festival: Offers a variety of musical genres and attracts both local and international artists.
  • Trocadero Flamenco Festival: Celebrated every summer, this event highlights Flamenco culture with live performances.
  • Day of the Virgin of Carmen: A religious festivity with a maritime procession, significant for coastal communities.
  • Starlite Festival: Just a 25-minute drive away in Marbella, it is recognised as the best boutique festival in the world. After twelve editions, it has established itself for its long duration, offering more than 60 days of concerts a year.
  • Local Fairs: The fairs of Guadiaro and San Roque offer activities for the whole family.
  • Regattas and Nautical Competitions: Sotogrande hosts various regattas and nautical events.
  • Gastronomic Events: Include wine tastings and gastronomic festivals.
  • Golf Sporting Events: Sotogrande is renowned for its high-quality golf courses and hosts numerous tournaments and golf competitions throughout the year, including the Andalucía Valderrama Masters and LIV 2023.
  • Equestrian Events: In addition to polo, there are other equestrian events, such as show jumping and dressage.
  • Local and Religious Festivities: These celebrations offer an excellent opportunity to experience local culture.

Restaurants, Bars, Beach Bars, and Clubs in Sotogrande


  • Fresco: In the Marina of Sotogrande offers a combination of Spanish, Asian, Latin and Central American cuisine.
  • KE: Located in the Port of Sotogrande, well known for its international cuisine and sophisticated ambience.
  • Don Diego: Specialising in Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. In the Marina of Sotogrande
  • Midas: Known for its elegant setting and varied menu.
  • Foodisiac: A modern restaurant focused on international cuisine.
  • Ágora: Restaurant and Club located in Mar Y Sol. It offers a wide range of Mediterranean dishes in a contemporary setting.
  • La Verandah: Known for its relaxed atmosphere and focus on local cuisine. Telephone: +34 956 61 05 08.
  • Trasmallo de Agustino: Specialises in Andalusian maritime cuisine.
  • Casabon: In the Marina of Sotogrande known for its cosy atmosphere and fusion of French and Mediterranean flavours.
  • Cancha II: It offers a unique gastronomic experience, especially popular with lovers of Argentinian cuisine.
  • Lombardos : Italian Restaurant located in Paniagua Plaza.
  • El Gaucho: Exquisite Argentinean steakhouse located in Galerias Paniagua.
  • La Reunión: Exquisite tapas and grilled meats, located in Pueblo Nuevo.


  • Hairy Lemon: A popular Irish pub among locals and visitors alike.
  • The Tipsy Mermaid: A themed bar offering a wide range of cocktails and beverages.
  • Abadía: A bar with a cosy atmosphere, ideal for relaxing and enjoying a drink.

Beach Bars

  • Gigi’s Beach: Popular for its cocktails and relaxed seaside setting.
  • El Octógono Beach Club: Offers dining options in a relaxed setting.
  • Chambao: Known for its good summer atmosphere, its excellent selection of seafood and its varied menu.
  • Bahía Limón: Offers a relaxed atmosphere with live music and a variety of dishes and cocktails.
  • La Brisa: It offers a high quality gastronomic experience right on the beach.
  • El Bunker: A good beachfront restaurant with views of the Rock of Gibraltar.


  • Trocadero: A beautiful beach club with swimming pools and restaurant that transforms into a nightlife spot during the summer.
  • The Beach at La Reserva: Sand pools, children’s and adults’ areas, a lake for water activities, restaurant and cocktails, in a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere at La Reserva de Sotogrande.
  • Sotogrande Marina Club: This club offers a variety of activities and events, as well as dining options.

How to get to Sotogrande from major destinations?

Nearest Airports

  • Gibraltar Airport: Approximately 20 km away.
  • Málaga Airport: Approximately 100 km away.
  • Jerez Airport: Approximately 120 km away.

From Málaga:

  • By car: Take the AP-7 or A-7 motorway towards Algeciras/Cádiz. Estimated travel time is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • By bus: Bus services connect Málaga with La Línea de la Concepción, from where you can take a taxi or local bus to Sotogrande.
  • By train: No direct train connection is available, but you can take a train to Algeciras and then a taxi or bus to Sotogrande.

From Sevilla:

  • By car: Take the AP-4 motorway towards Cádiz, then the A-381 towards Algeciras. Estimated travel time is about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • By bus: Bus services connect Sevilla with La Línea de la Concepción, from where you can take a taxi or local bus to Sotogrande.

From Madrid:

  • By car: Take the A-4 motorway towards Córdoba, then the A-381 towards Algeciras. Estimated travel time is about 5 hours.
  • By train: High-speed train (AVE) services connect Madrid with Málaga, from where you can take a taxi or bus to Sotogrande.

From Gibraltar:

  • By car: Take the CA-34 road towards San Roque. Estimated travel time is about 20 minutes.
  • By taxi: Taxi services are available from Gibraltar Airport to Sotogrande.

Nearby Connections to Morocco

  • From Algeciras and Tarifa: Ferry services to Ceuta and Tangier. Travel time from 1 to 2 hours.
  • Helicopters: Luxury services between Morocco and the area near Sotogrande.

Arrivals by Boat

  • Sotogrande Marina: Provides moorings for private vessels.

Local Transport Options in Sotogrande

  • Taxis: Various taxi services are available in Sotogrande, offering transportation within the area and to nearby destinations.
  • Bus: Bus lines connect Sotogrande with nearby localities like La Línea, San Roque, Algeciras, and Estepona.
  • Car Rentals: Several car rental companies are available in the area, facilitating mobility to explore Sotogrande and its surroundings.
  • Bicycles and Scooters: Some areas of Sotogrande are suitable for cycling, and shops offer bicycle and electric scooter rentals.
  • Maritime Transport: The Sotogrande Marina offers moorings for private vessels and options for boat and yacht rentals are also available.
  • Private Transport: Chauffeur and private transport services are also available for those seeking a more personalised experience.

How Close is Sotogrande to Gibraltar and Its Services?

Sotogrande is approximately 20 km away from Gibraltar, with a car journey time of around 20 to 30 minutes. This proximity provides easy access to Gibraltar Airport, as well as duty-free shopping and medical services.

Connections between the two locations are seamless, with taxi and bus services available, making Sotogrande a convenient option for those wishing to enjoy the amenities and attractions of Gibraltar.

How Close is Sotogrande to Marbella and Its Services?

Sotogrande is about 60 km away from Marbella, with a car journey time of approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic and the chosen route. Marbella is known for its nightlife, luxury shopping, and high-quality services, including restaurants and health clinics.

Road links between Sotogrande and Marbella are excellent, generally via the AP-7 motorway or the A-7 road, making it easy to access the amenities and attractions that Marbella has to offer.

Are There Natural Spots in Sotogrande?

In Sotogrande and its surroundings, nature lovers will find several places of great beauty and ecological importance. One of the most notable is the Guadiaro River Estuary, located at the river’s mouth, in the heart of Sotogrande Costa. This estuary is an important habitat for various species of birds and marine fauna.

Another place of interest is the Torreguadiaro Lagoon, which also offers a unique natural environment for bird watching and other species. In addition, just a few kilometres from Sotogrande is the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales, which with its more than 170,000 hectares is one of the green lungs of Andalusia, offering a wide range of outdoor activities and hiking trails. This park is especially popular during the autumn months and is known for its rich biodiversity and historical heritage.

Who Lives in Sotogrande?

Sotogrande has long been a magnet for celebrities, elite athletes, and public figures seeking privacy and luxury in a natural setting. Although discretion is one of the most valued features of this area, it is known that personalities from the world of sports, such as golfers and polo players, as well as businessmen and artists, frequent or own properties in Sotogrande.

It is common to see celebrities on world-renowned golf courses, at polo tournaments, and in the area’s nautical clubs. However, the privacy and exclusivity of Sotogrande make it a place where personalities can enjoy a tranquil stay away from the public eye. Thus, despite being frequented by famous people, an atmosphere of discretion and privacy is maintained.

What are the most valued homes in Sotogrande?

In Sotogrande, some of the most recognised homes are those that combine exceptional architectural design with prime locations. For example, properties in the Kings and Queens areas are highly sought after, many of which are situated near the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, one of the most prestigious golf courses in Europe.

Other notable homes include those designed by renowned architects, utilising a variety of styles from classic Andalusian to modern and contemporary. These properties often feature luxury amenities such as private pools, extensive gardens, and stunning views of the sea or surrounding green areas.

It is important to note that privacy is a highly valued commodity in this exclusive community, so many specific details about the most recognised houses and their owners are kept confidential. Nevertheless, these residences stand as a testament to the high level of luxury and exclusivity that Sotogrande has to offer.

What services does Sotogrande offer its residents?

Sotogrande offers a wide range of high-quality services to meet the needs of its residents. In the sporting realm, the community boasts several world-renowned golf courses, polo clubs, facilities for tennis and padel, as well as marinas for nautical activities. Additionally, there are numerous gyms and wellness centres offering a variety of classes and treatments.

As for daily life, Sotogrande has an array of shops, supermarkets, and luxury boutiques. There is also a broad gastronomic offering, including fine dining restaurants, bars, and beachfront chiringuitos. For families, there are several high-quality educational options, ranging from nurseries to an international school offering various curriculums.

Security is another priority in Sotogrande, with security patrols and surveillance systems operating 24/7. Additionally, the community provides top-tier medical services, including nearby clinics and hospitals. All of this contributes to offering an exclusive and comfortable lifestyle for the residents of this luxury community.

Is Sotogrande Safe?

Sotogrande is known for being one of the safest and most exclusive residential communities in Spain. Security is a top priority in this area, reflected in measures implemented to ensure the well-being of residents and visitors. The community features private security patrols and 24/7 surveillance systems.

Moreover, access to many residential areas and private clubs is restricted and monitored through guarded checkpoints. This creates an atmosphere of peace and privacy highly valued by residents. The low crime rate and secure environment make Sotogrande an ideal location for both families and individuals seeking a high-quality lifestyle in a secure and protected setting.

What is the difference between Sotogrande and Marbella?

Sotogrande and Marbella are two of the most renowned luxury residential destinations on the Costa del Sol, yet each has its own unique character and attractions. Sotogrande is known for its tranquil, exclusive ambiance with a focus on sports like golf and polo. The community is smaller and offers a more relaxed lifestyle, featuring large plots of land, wide avenues, and a sense of space and privacy.

Marbella, on the other hand, is larger and boasts a more vibrant social and nightlife. It is famous for its “Golden Mile,” an area replete with luxury hotels, designer shops, and high-end restaurants. Marbella also offers a wide range of nightlife options, from bars and clubs to live music venues.

Both locations offer a high quality of life, with excellent sports facilities, dining options, and luxury services. However, while Sotogrande is better known for its discretion, family life, and elite sports like polo and golf, Marbella is more famous for its lively social scene and broader touristic appeal.

Buying and Selling Properties in Sotogrande

The buying and selling of properties in Sotogrande is a very active market, attracting both domestic and international investors. The area is known for its exclusivity and high quality of life, making it an appealing destination for those seeking luxury residences in a secure and well-maintained setting. Properties range from apartments and townhouses to luxury villas and large estates, many of which offer views of the sea, golf courses, or canals.

The purchasing process generally adheres to Spain’s legal and due diligence standards, which include property title verification, obtaining an NIE (Foreigner Identification Number) for non-residents, and signing a sales contract. It is highly advisable to seek advice from lawyers and real estate agents specialized in the Sotogrande market to ensure a successful transaction.

Regarding selling, presentation and property condition are key factors in attracting potential buyers. Given the high demand for properties in Sotogrande, especially in prime locations like the Kings and Queens areas or near sports facilities, a well-maintained and accurately valued property has high selling potential in the current market.

Is it a Good Time to Invest in Properties in Sotogrande?

The real estate market in Sotogrande has shown a sustained growth trend in recent years, making it an attractive option for investors. The demand for luxury properties in the area remains high, driven both by domestic and international buyers seeking an exclusive lifestyle in a secure and well-maintained environment. Additionally, the community offers a wide range of high-quality services and amenities, adding value to real estate investments in the area.

It’s important to note that, like any investment, there are risk factors that should be carefully assessed. However, the market’s stability, the community’s exclusivity, and the high quality of life make Sotogrande a fairly solid real estate investment option.

Why Buy or Sell with Us in Sotogrande?

Buying or selling a property in Sotogrande with our agency, James Stewart in association with Savills, offers multiple advantages ensuring a first-class real estate experience:

  • Local Experience with Global Reach: Our association with Savills enables us to combine local knowledge with a global network of clients, significantly expanding buying and selling opportunities.
  • Personalised Advisory: We offer customised service that caters to the individual needs of each client, ensuring that they find the property best suited to their requirements or sell their property at the best possible price.
  • Quality and Exclusivity: We specialise in all types of property, ensuring that both buyers and sellers operate in the most desirable segment of the market.
  • Legality and Transparency: Our team of experts ensures that all transactions comply with local laws and regulations, providing complete transparency and security at each stage of the process.
  • Cutting-Edge Marketing: We utilise the latest digital and traditional marketing strategies, including social media and online platforms, to maximise the visibility of the properties we sell.
  • Access to Complementary Services: Thanks to our network of contacts, we can recommend additional services such as legal, financial, and interior design advice, facilitating a comprehensive buying or selling process.
  • Confidentiality: We understand the importance of discretion in high-value transactions and commit to maintaining the confidentiality of our clients at all times.
  • Efficiency and Speed: Our proactive approach and extensive portfolio of properties and clients enable us to expedite the buying or selling process, saving you time and effort.
  • After-sales: Our commitment to clients extends beyond the initial transaction, offering after-sales service to ensure that all your needs are met even after the purchase or sale.

Opting for our services guarantees an efficient, secure, and personalised real estate experience, backed by the reputation and expertise of a market-leading agency in Sotogrande.

Fun Facts about Sotogrande

  1. Name Origin: Though the name “Sotogrande” sounds very elegant, it actually means “Large Forest” in Spanish, reflecting the natural surroundings of the area.
  2. Founded by a Filipino: Sotogrande was founded in 1962 by Joseph McMicking, a Filipino-American businessman who fell in love with the region’s natural beauty.
  3. World-Class Polo: Sotogrande is known as the polo capital in Europe. The Santa María Polo Club is one of the top four polo clubs in the world.
  4. Elite Golf: Sotogrande is home to Valderrama Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, and is the most prestigious golf course in continental Europe.
  5. Diverse Residents: Sotogrande is a truly international community, with residents from over 30 different nationalities, creating a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
  6. Unique Marina: Sotogrande Marina is unique in its design, inspired by Venetian cities, with canals allowing residents to moor their boats close to their homes.
  7. Varied Architecture: While Sotogrande has a predominant Andalusian architectural style, properties range from contemporary to more exotic designs.
  8. Natural Conservation Area: The Estuary of the Guadiaro River is a protected natural reserve that provides a habitat for various species of birds and fauna.
  9. Connection to Gibraltar: Sotogrande’s proximity to Gibraltar not only provides convenience in terms of travel and services but has also made the area popular among cross-border workers.
  10. Exclusive Events: From golf and polo tournaments to flamenco festivals, Sotogrande hosts a variety of exclusive events that attract visitors from around the world.

These facts offer a more complete insight into what makes Sotogrande such a unique and desirable community to live in or visit.