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Culture in Sotogrande

Due to the location of Sotogrande, there are many places to visit, for example, Gibraltar is merely 15 minutes away and the rock of Gibraltar is an intriguing site. There you can go inside of the rock and view the caves with impressive stalagmites and stalactites, or drive up the side and see the monkeys. For more information Gibraltar´s website.

San Roque also frequently hosts art exhibitions and galleries, lectures and theatre productions. For more information or advice on tourism call the tourist office at Plaza de Andalucía on 956694005.

Museums

Sotogrande has three museums, one which exhibits sculpture, one that hosts a large sculpture exhibition and an archaeological museum.

Carteya Archaeological Museum

This museum contains archaeological remains dating back 700 BC. A guide can take you around the original Carteyan area that contains the remains of the city walls, temple and streets. 5 kilometres away from this site, the museum can give you a detailed history on the many different civilisations that once inhabited Carteya. For more information visit the museum or call them at:

Carteya Archaeological Museum
Calle Rubin de Celis
San Roque
Tel: 956781587

Bullfighting Museum

Like most of Andalucía San Roque has a history of bullfighting. In 2002 the bullfighting museum was opened but the bullring itself was built in 1853. It is the oldest bullring in the area and the fourth oldest in Andalucía. For more information visit or call them at 956781587.

Luis Ortega Brú Sculptural Museum

Luis Ortega Brú was born in San Roque in 1916 and is one of Sotogrande´s most famous sculptors having sculpted pieces such as “The Most Holy Christ of a Happy Death”. The museum is located in the Governer´s Palace or “Palacio de Gobernadores” and is the host to one of the largest sculpture collections of pieces by this artist spanning from his earliest to his latest styles. For more information visit:

Luis Ortega Brú Sculptural Museum
Calle Rubin de Celis
San Roque
Tel: 956781587

Ferias and Holidays

Similarly to Bank holidays in England, Spain holds public holidays, ferias and fiestas throughout the year. A lot of the time these holidays fall on Sundays or the weekends but they do also fall during the week. It is advisable to note when these holidays are as everything closes and you need to be sure that you won´t get caught out. However, the fiestas are great fun and they are a wonderful way to experience the Spanish culture.

Things to See

Aside from the museums already listed, and the Rock of Gibraltar containing St. Michael´s Cave, there are many other things available to do and see within the area of Sotogrande and San Roque. For example “La Alcaidesa Finca” is located within Sotogrande and contains 1300 hectares of Mediterranean forestry. La Alcaidesa has a wide variety of activites for adults and children alike, these activities include: Biking, riding, rock climbing, archery, swimming pools, 4×4 adventures and much, much more. For more information e-mail them at info@sotogrande.com or phone the Information and Reservations Centre on 902181836.

For other information on what´s on currently visit Sotogrande´s official website.

Markets

Markets are always a nice place to visit if you want to experience the feel of authentic Spanish culture. The wares sold vary from place to place but generally speaking every market sells clothes and handbags, fresh fruit and vegetable and varying tourist artifacts. On Sunday there is an antique market in Sotogrande located in the marina. For more information on the location and frequency of varying markets visit this informative website.

By Eloise Horsfield | Property News | April 29th, 2009

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