Guide to Sotogrande

Restaurants in Sotogrande


Antiguo Cortijo Valderrama Restaurant Sotogrande Alto 11310  Sotogrande, San Roque, Cádiz. Spain Reservations: Tel.  956 795 894 Boka Restaurant Plaza

Shopping in Sotogrande


Although Sotogrande is known for it´s Golf, Polo and outdoor activities, there is still a lot more to do. Shopping

Hotel Club Marítimo – at the heart of Sotogrande

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Situated at the furthest point of the Sotogrande marina, the Hotel Club Marítimo occupies a rather private spot that not only enjoys the best views of the boats and Gibraltar, but also looks back on the picturesque marina itself.
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this is a venue with a character and ambience all of its own, and as such can be classed a boutique hotel. With 41 rooms and suites it is, however, quite small as a hotel and sizeable for a boutique establishment, so the Club Marítimo is in every way a unique kind of hotel.

Sotogrande Marina – pretty hub of a stylish community

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Sotogrande is pretty, it’s spacious and well facilitated, but above all it has style. It also has, dare I say

Valderrama, ‘Europe’s finest course in Sotogrande’

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Now that is quite a statement to make, but Sotogrande’s most famous golf course has often been described as the

Sotogrande sailing regattas

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When people speak of Sotogrande they usually highlight characteristics such as space, exclusivity, outdoor living and sport. When focusing on sport, golf inevitably comes to the fore, in close connection with Valderrama, yet another famous aspect of Sotogrande is its marina – home to a rich and longstanding tradition of sailing and water sports.
The beating heart of the community is the marina area, with its iconic waterside apartments, shops and cafés painted in soft pastel colours. The first thing you spot when you enter this elegant area is the sight of beautiful boats swaying gently on the waves. This profusion of different vessels, ranging from sailing boats and yachts to large motor boats and those designed for competitive fishing, forms an indelible part of the marina’s landscape, and adds to an ambience of easygoing activity as boatsmen get ready to head out to sea.

Sotogrande: A Brief History

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In the early 1960s, successful American businessman living in the Philippines, Joseph Rafael McMicking and his wife Mercedes Zobel sent one of their trusted employees on a mission. Fredy Melian who, so the story goes, was already on his way to Spain courtesy of a free plane ticket awarded to him in recognition of his loyalty to SwissAir, was charged with the task of finding a suitable area of land close to the Mediterranean on which the couple could develop a luxury resort.

Antonio Garrigues Walker, a Sotogrande classic

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Antonio Garrigues Walker, noted lawyer, liberal politician and contributor to numerous international organisations, is in many ways a Sotogrande classic. Although not a fulltime resident here, the luminary recently celebrated in Fuera de Serie – the luxury publication of the Expansión newspaper – has owned a holiday home in this privileged corner of Southern Spain since the earliest days, belonging to a small group of people who believed in the vision of Sotogrande’s founder, Joseph McMicking.
Enchanted with the area, he has owned a home here ever since, even when his many activities and responsibilities made time his rarest possession and both national and international commitments made it hard to spend significant amounts of time here. Sotogrande has become a part of him and in turn, Antonio Garrigues Walker is the kind of person upon which it’s unique enchantment is built.

Santa Maria Polo Club in Sotogrande


Polo in Sotogrande dates back to 1965, when the first polo ground in this part of Southern Spain was developed. It wasn’t until 1967 when polo as a sport really started to be played but it wasn’t long before it became one of Sotogrande’s key attractions.

Sotogrande property viewing trips


Holmes in Sotogrande has an extensive portfolio of luxury properties for sale to suit all tastes and budgets in some of the most prestigious locations. Properties of this caliber must be seen to be fully-appreciated, that’s why at Holmes Sotogrande, a viewing trip to Sotogrande in Southern Spain is highly recommended.

Sotogrande Marina


There are around 30 marinas along the Andalucian Coast, most of which are located on the Costa del Sol. In a league of its own is the stunning marina of Sotogrande which houses more than 1350 moorings with beautiful bridges leading to exclusive private homes on the waters edge.

Sotogrande International School


Sotogrande International School is a K-12, fully-accredited boarding- and day-school. Set in a magnificent campus surrounded by woods and golf courses, it has grown from a small British-style school founded in 1978 to a reputable IB World School of some 650 boys and girls, international in character and progressive in values.