Sotogrande through the ages

An American dream that became reality in Andalusia, Spain

Sotogrande, SpainIn 1961 a certain Joseph McMicking received authorisation from Franco to purchase the area known today as Sotogrande, which included five traditional estates, to create a luxury residential complex with wide tree-lined avenues and a state of the art electrical infrastructure. As a measure of how undeveloped the general area was at the time, the N340 was years away from being built and the existing estates were linked to Gibraltar and Algeciras by a mere dirt track.

By design, Sotogrande, or the “large grove”, initially attracted wealthy foreigners who wanted a quiet and discreet experience enjoying golf, polo, and the natural surroundings. Franco’s closing of the border with Gibraltar in 1969 changed this, rendering access by foreigners far more difficult and heralding the arrival of the Spanish elite. More often madrileños than not, these original owners occupied many of the sumptuous villas that remain to this day in Sotogrande Costa.

Ke Restaurant, Sotogrande MarinaSotogrande S.A. eventually opened up the resort to a wider clientele, and the bridge was built over the Guadiaro as well as the first apartments on the river’s banks. In 1978, the celebrated bilingual International School opened. It eventually grew to over 600 students, having attracted not only Sotogrande residents but families from as far away as Marbella. The next major development was the Puerto Deportivo and surrounding apartments, which preceded the re-opening of the border with Gibraltar in 1985, the subsequent improvement of the road network, and the resulting public influx. The Sotogrande Yacht Club was built during this period. More facilities became available, including nightclubs and restaurants as well as shops such as those at Centro Commercial Sotogrande and Sotopaniagua, and bars such as the Cucurucho Beach Club and Cafetería KE.

Golf in Sotogrande was a major part of McMicking’s vision, and there are now nine courses in the Sotogrande perimeter and vicinity. The oldest courses are the Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande and the now word-famous Valderrama, both designed by Robert Trent Jones. Near Valderrama is the recently completed Club de Golf La Reserva de Sotogrande, which comprises two 18-hole courses designed by Cabell Robinson and Gary Player respectively. Last but not least among courses inside the resort is Club de Golf Almenara, by the hotel of the same name, designed by Dave Thomas and featuring stunning views to the sea and Gibraltar. Three important courses were also built adjacent to or very near Sotogrande: The San Roque Golf and Country Club, Alcaidesa Links, and La Cañada. All of these courses have acquired fame on their own, and Sotogrande S.A. is reportedly at work on another course.

Polo in SotograndePolo, the other luxury sport associated with Sotogrande, was introduced when the Santa María Polo Club was founded in 1965 at the beachside ground that remained in use for thirty years until the move was made to its present installations alongside the Guadiaro river. Hosting both national and international competitions every year, the club is well established on the World Polo circuit. Ponies continue to be bred and kept at the Equestrian Centre in Sotogrande Alto.

Sotogrande MarinaRecent years saw the construction of the new residential marina in Sotogrande, consisting of five islands topped by ultra-modern apartments featuring private docks and many other facilities. Today, the 2,000-hectares resort hosts a permanent population of about 6,000, increasing to about 20,000 each summer. Now owned by the NH Hotels group, Sotogrande S.A. always derived income from hotels, golf courses, and urban management activities. It expanded its remit some years ago to the development of leisure and tourism-related activities outside its traditional boundaries in locations such as the Dominican Republic, Italy, Mexico, and Valencia.


Eloise Horsfield | November, 2009

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Ref. TMRV1331

  • 6 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 684 m² built
  • 2.724 m² plot

This elegant classical villa is located near the Almenara Golf Course, in a privileged elevated position in Sotogrande Alto. Overlooking the countryside it offers a peaceful retreat with great access to the...

2,200,000 €

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Ref. TMRA1333

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  • 2 baths
  • 167 m² built

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340,000 €
Sotogrande, New luxury semi detached villas for sale next to La Canada Golf course, Sotogrande

New luxury semi detached villas for sale next to La Canada Golf course, Sotogrande

Ref. TMNV1316

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 178 m² built
  • 115 m² plot
  • 93 m² terrace

A prestigious residential complex of 176 new luxury homes near Sotogrande Alto, with an estimated completion date of May 2018 ´La Finca´ will be situated next to La Canada Golf Club. These elegant new villas...

408,000 €
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New contemporary 5 bedroom villa for sale in Sotogrande, La Canada Golf Course with communal swimming pool

Ref. TMNV1317

  • 5 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 258 m² built
  • 688 m² plot
  • 116 m² terrace

La Finca is a prestigious new development of 176 luxury homes located at the edge of the La Cañada Golf Club. Surrounded by landscaped community gardens, with separate adult and children´s swimming pools, it...

696,000 €
Sotogrande, New 4 bedroom villa due for completion in October 2016, for sale front line Almenara Golf Course, Sotogrande

New 4 bedroom villa due for completion in October 2016, for sale front line Almenara Golf Course, Sotogrande

Ref. TMNV1335

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 365 m² built
  • 1.317 m² plot
  • 31 m² terrace

This elegant new villa is due for completion in October 2016, sits surrounded by nature, nestled in the trees and overlooks the third hole of the Almenara Golf course. With a south facing aspect it benefits...

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Ref. TMRA1340

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 188 m² built
  • 53 m² terrace

Immaculate modern apartment situated in one of the best gated complexes in Sotogrande Costa, within walking distance to the marina, tennis and beach club. This development offers spacious communal gardens, a...

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Ref. TMRTH1301

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 250 m² built
  • 80 m² terrace

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Ref. TMRA1337

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 121 m² built
  • 32 m² terrace

This modern light penthouse apartment comes fully furnished and boasts lovely views of the Marina to Gibraltar. Situated in one of the developments that looks directly out onto the water, it benefits from a...

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Ref. TMRV1353

  • 5 beds
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  • 4.351 m² plot
  • 55 m² terrace

Set on an elevated plot and boasting great golf and sea views, this modern Mexican villa is truly a unique find. Built with a traditional terracotta finish this contemporary home blends seamlessly with the...

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Traditional Andalusian 5 bedroom villa for sale in Sotogrande,

Ref. TMRV1354

  • 5 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 347 m² built
  • 1.552 m² plot
  • 30 m² terrace

This elegant yet traditional villa is situated in the popular ´bajo´side of Sotogrande close to the beach, tennis clubs and the amenities in the Marina. With authentic Andalusian features and a luxurious...

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