Sotogrande CostaGuide by James Stewart
Complementing the country club environment of Sotogrande Alto is the beachside residential area surrounding the Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande.
In terms of geographical location, the two areas are separated by the A-7 coastal road which runs from Barcelona to Cadiz. Sotogrande Costa is the area south of the motorway heading towards to the Mediterranean Sea and stretches out from the protected cork forest of the Finca Guadalquiton and along both sides of the mouth of the Guadiaro River.
Sotogrande Costa was the original neighbourhood developed back in the mid-1960s and became a highly popular area for many of Spain’s most eminent families to build enviable summer homes. Known as the ‘Kings and Queens’ zone, its attractive avenues are named after Spanish royalty with Calle Fernando el Santo and Felipe II forming the original millionaire’s row.
Reminiscent of Beverley Hills its palm tree lined streets flank the Paseo del Parque and sweeping green spa facilitate plots of up to 12,000m2 giving a sense of expansive privacy. Sotogrande Costa also has the benefit of proximity to all essential amenities, and easy access to the social hub of the Marina.
Sotogrande Costa is primarily flat and is made up of four zones. The Kings & Queens area surrounds the golf course, both within and around the circular Paseo del Parque avenue. It is connected to the Marina by bridge to the east over the Guadiaro River. Heading towards Sotogrande Alto brings you to the A and B zones named after the street names that start with the respective letter.
The first apartments to be built in Sotogrande are here frontline to the beach in Sotogrande Costa. They feature immaculately maintained gardens and range from garden apartments to penthouses with impressive terraces. In building number 10, all apartments have private pools. Here you will also find La Casitos townhouses named after Spanish M&M sweets due to the variety of colours of the houses.
The Kings and Queens as you would expect from the name is elegant and luxurious yet at the same time relaxed. It has broad, palm-lined avenues and cool tree-filled streets bordered by tastefully designed villas on generous private plots of land with tranquil panoramas over the golf course. In the Kings and Queens all streets are names after royalty such as Isabel la Católica and Fernando el Santo.
The A zone runs along the Guadalquiton Cork Oak Forest with the B zone on the other side of the Avenida Paniagua.
The area has been developed with foresight and sustainable planning to respect the natural surroundings. There is little traffic, designated cycling and pedestrian space, plus easy access to local amenities and leisure activities, making Sotogrande Costa a safe, peaceful, and desirable location to own a property.
Residents of Sotogrande Costa live at the heart of everything the resort has to offer. State-of-the-art facilities, such as the Racquet Centre, Octogono Tennis club, Santa Maria Polo Club and Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, which attract visitors from all over the world, are a walk or bike ride away, or just a few minutes by car.
The area is served by two commercial centres, Gallerias Paniagua and Centro Commercial Sotomarket, providing residents with cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and medical services.
Take a stroll across the bridge over the Guadiaro River and enter the enchanting and colourful Sotogrande Marina to discover a multitude of great restaurants, bars, and shops. Experience a vibrant, sophisticated social scene of like-minded people and take advantage of the many leisure activities on offer.
Of course, the beach is right on the doorstep of this unique location. Here you have an abundant choice of beach bars such as Trocadero, Gigi´s, Las Brisas, Octogono Beach Club and The Bunker Bar where in typical Spanish style, before you know it a lunch has lasted all afternoon.
Additionally, streets in the Kings & Queens zone all connect to the Paseo del Parque, a circular tree-lined avenue which runs around the edge of the Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande. A beautifully scenic 5km exercise route, perfect for dog walkers, runners, and cyclists on mostly flat terrain.
Sotogrande Costa Views
Views overlooking the vast, undulating golf course greens, woodland and lake are the most sought-after in Sotogrande Costa, whilst stylish beachfront townhouses come with inspiring sea views. Furthermore, the Guadiaro River and wilderness of Guadalquiton Park provide endless breath-taking natural vistas.
Attributable to the level topography of the costa region many properties here have garden views so if an elevated sweeping sea panorama is a non-negotiable for you, Sotogrande Alto or La Reserva could be a more suitable location to consider for your next property
What’s it like living in Sotogrande Costa?
The well-established residential area of Sotogrande Costa lends itself to a sense of laid-back suburban luxury, appealing to affluent residents and second homeowners who value peace and privacy without the isolation of a remote countryside residence.
Perfect for keen golfers, sea lovers and polo players, enveloped in nature, the area also has a great deal to offer for a wholesome family life. The prestigious Sotogrande International School is within a short 10-minute drive, offering not only a world class education, but also plenty of extra-curricular clubs and summer camps allowing your children to integrate easily into the local community.
Property in Sotogrande Costa
Types of properties to be found in the Costa region encompass stylish beach side townhouses, contemporary apartments overlooking the Guadiaro River and an eclectic mix of traditional Andalucian villas and contemporary style residences. Apartments are available in El Polo a very family friendly community of apartments with really great communal gardens running along the Guadiaro River. Polo Gardens which is of a much more contemporary style offers apartments and townhouses. Beach front you have Los Lacasitos townhouses painted in different pastel tone hence named after the Spanish equivalent of M&M sweets.
Considered by some to be the most desirable location within the entire resort of Sotogrande, the Kings & Queens is home to truly majestic properties, hosting the region’s most historic and architecturally interesting villas on vast, private plots. Some of these homes remain within families for several generations, so competition within this coveted location can sometimes drive prices up considerably.
The northern section of Sotogrande Costa is divided into the A & B zones because the street names start with the relative letter. This are both excellent areas for those wanting the proximity of the beach and Marina. Here you find the La Loma townhouses which and El Casar townhouses both very popular with families.
If your home-buying philosophy includes a golf and beach lifestyle coupled with the peace, privacy and security of a generously sized plot, Sotogrande Costa could provide everything you’re looking for.