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50 Years of Sotogrande!

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You wouldn’t think so from the clean, modern look of Sotogrande, but this year Andalucía’s largest private residential community celebrates its 50th birthday!

The exclusive resort that has become a byword for elegance, style and understated glamour was founded in 1963 after American-Filipino Joseph McMicking and his Spanish-Filipino wife Mercedes Zobel de Ayala y Roxas fell in love with this idyllic stretch of coast.

Horsing around in Sotogrande

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It’s well known for its stylish port, world-class polo matches and an abundance of lush golf courses, however Sotogrande is also an ideal place to watch the competitive and exciting equestrian sport of dressage. For those who don’t have a passion for ponies or a hobby for horses, the French term ‘dressage’ refers to a routine performed by both the horse and rider on which they are then judged. During the event the pair are expected to perform complex movements from memory after years of meticulous training.

A summer of Sotogrande sailing

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Sailing is a big part of life in Sotogrande, where the sleek yachts lying in the marina are not just for show but for serious competition too, so every summer there is an active programme of regattas, sailing courses and social events at the Real Club Marítimo Sotogrande.

Sotogrande shopping in the moonlight

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One of the best features about life here in Spain is that most things tend to happen a little bit later in the evening. People work later, eat later and are still soaking up the sun on the beach until sunset, or even afterwards during the summer months. They do this of course in a bid to escape the sweltering afternoon heat, which on the Costa del Sol can occasionally hit ice-cream melting highs of 42c (107f). It’s good news for those shopaholics among us who like nothing more than to indulge in a bit of nocturnal retail therapy during the cooler evening hours.

Running with bulls in San Roque

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“There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” So said American writer

Having a whale of a time!

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For those of us living in the beautiful residential resort of Sotogrande, there is a multitude of exhilarating activities to

The townhouses of Sotogrande

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Sotogrande is known for its villas set in lush green gardens, in turn located within spacious and tranquil residential areas

All aboard the Al-Andalus Train

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If you ever wanted to use Sotogrande as a base from which to experience as yet unexplored sights and beauty

Summer in full swing at Sotogrande’s Santa Maria Polo

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It’s one of the most important and prestigious polo clubs in the world. Since its humble beginnings in the 1960s

Sailing in Sotogrande

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Sotogrande’s setting makes it ideal for sailing. Families flock from all over Spain and much further a field to soak up the sun, enjoy local restaurants and set sail from a marina that has something for everyone from children’s beginner sailing courses to championship racing regattas!

Sotogrande vs Marbella

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Two beautiful spots on Spain’s southern coast, Sotogrande and Marbella both have a long list of things to recommend them,

Smugglers’ day trip from San Roque

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Fancy an escape from the sun, sea and sand of Sotogrande? Why not follow in the footsteps of Spanish female