Sotogrande area guide

First established in 1962 by American entrepreneur Joseph McMicking, Sotogrande is the largest privately-owned residential destination in Andalucía. Having fallen in love with this beautiful coastal spot close to where the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet at Gibraltar, McMicking and his wife bought five farms on both sides of the Guadiaro River to create the core of what is today Sotogrande.

His dream was to create one of the finest, most exclusive luxury residential and leisure destinations in Europe – and he succeeded. Today, Sotogrande is home to around 2,500 people year-round, but as many of the exclusive properties in the enclave are used mainly as holiday homes, the population can swell to around five times that number during the summer.

Sotogrande view

Space and beauty
Following a sandy shoreline with beautiful sea views, Sotogrande also borders a river area rich in wildlife that has now been designated a protected natural zone. From here the 20 square kilometre estate – unique in Andalucía for enjoying a master plan layout with broad, well-kept streets, lush green zones and complementary development – follows verdant golf courses into softly undulating terrain.

With lovely views over such prestigious golf courses as those of Valderrama – host of the legendary 1997 Ryder Cup – the Real Club de Golf Valderrama, and the Almenara, San Roque, La Cañada and La Reserva golf clubs, Sotogrande is surrounded by countryside and near villages such as Torreguadiaro, Guadiaro and the town of San Roque, within whose municipal boundaries it falls. At 25 kilometres from Gibraltar and its international airport, Sotogrande is only half an hour removed from Marbella (reached via exits 184 and 185 of the AP-7 motorway) though it falls within the province of Cádiz.

The main hub of social life is the charming marina, with its yacht club, restaurants, boutiques and cafés set below luxurious berth-side apartments. Sotogrande is also a keen equestrian centre, with a first-class riding school and the internationally renowned Santa María Polo Club, host to major polo events attended by royalty yet stylishly understated and easy-going in ambience.

The coastal area near the sandy beaches and the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande is close to the marina and also home to a series of excellent racquet clubs, chiringuito beach bars and beach clubs, and is marked by luxurious private villas set upon peaceful, leafy streets. Almenara, Valderrama, La Reserva and the San Roque club exude a country club atmosphere surrounded by nature and views, where you find beautiful villas and also a fine selection of luxurious apartments and townhouses set in-between the fairways. Close by are the excellent clubhouses and the Almenara Spa Hotel, the NH Sotogrande Hotel and the Club Marítimo de Sotogrande.

A beautiful lakeside beach club complete with sandy lagoon has just been opened at the La Reserva Golf clubhouse, and while close to medical facilities Sotogrande is also home to the first-class Sotogrande International School, one of the finest of its kind on the Costa del Sol.

Sotogrande Marina

Properties in Sotogrande start from around €300,000 for apartments and townhouses located close to the marina and golf courses, large building plots in developments like Almenara Golf are occasionally available from €750,000 upwards, while the villas on offer range in price from €600,000 in the developments farthest from the beach to expansive front-line golf estates in the sought-after areas like La Reserva, where prices can easily top €5 million. The Seven, one of the most luxurious private villa park communities ever seen in southern Spain, is taking shape in La Reserva, where prices will exceed €10 million.

Terra Meridiana has some wonderful properties to offer in this delightful area of the Costa del Sol, contact us to find out more!

Originally published in June 2014, updated by Adam Neale July 2018

Properties in Sotogrande

Sensational south-facing villa with incomparable views for sale in the prestigious area of Sotogrande Alto Central, Sotogrande

Ref. TMXV1372

  • 8 beds
  • 8 baths
  • 1.214 m² built
  • 7.774 m² plot
  • 190 m² terrace

This spacious villa is located in the much sought after neighbourhood of Sotogrande Alto Central with far reaching views of the shimmering Mediterranean and San Roque Golf course. The epitome of simplistic...

4,500,000 €
Sotogrande, Superb brand new contemporary ground floor apartment in an oak forest for sale in Senda Chica, La Reserva, Sotogrande

Superb brand new contemporary ground floor apartment in an oak forest for sale in Senda Chica, La Reserva, Sotogrande

Ref. TMNA1320

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 198 m² built
  • 40 m² terrace

This ambitious luxury residential development is set within a plot of 50.000 m2 in the centre of a beautiful cork and oak forest in La Reserva, Sotogrande. Named the "Garden House", there are only...

398,000 €
Sotogrande, Elegant brand new apartment in an oak forest for sale in Senda Chica, La Reserva, Sotogrande

Elegant brand new apartment in an oak forest for sale in Senda Chica, La Reserva, Sotogrande

Ref. TMNA1321

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 200 m² built
  • 211 m² terrace

The exacting upscale residential complex of Senda Chica sits on an extensive plot of 50.000 m2 in the middle of a gorgeous cork and oak forest in La Reserva, Sotogrande. There are only 7 units in each small...

398,000 €
Sotogrande, Luxury contemporary home for sale in La Reserva de Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Cádiz

Luxury contemporary home for sale in La Reserva de Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Cádiz

Ref. TMNT1307

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 243 m² built
  • 78 m² terrace

Located in an exclusive residential complex next to La Cañada Golf Club in La Reserva de Sotogrande, this superb house has been uniquely designed to combine a contemporary aesthetic with maximum comfort....

429,000 €

Spacious and elegant villa for sale in Almenara, Sotogrande, Cádiz

Ref. TMXV1325

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • 696 m² built
  • 2.932 m² plot
  • 80 m² terrace

An ideal family home, this villa is located in the peaceful setting of Almenera in Sotogrande. The property has a rustic chic feel combined with a touch of luxury, the living room has high vaulted ceilings...

1,995,000 €

Beautiful modern 6 bedroom villa for sale in Sotogrande Alto, with private pool, garage for 10 cars and sea views

Ref. TMXV136

  • 8 beds
  • 6 baths
  • 1.851 m² built
  • 4.956 m² plot
  • 350 m² terrace

A truly large family villa set in immaculate manicured gardens and built to the highest quality standards. This impressive three storey property boasts a privileged elevated position with a southerly...

4,450,000 €

Spacious 3 bedroom penthouse in popular El Polo urbanization, Sotogrande Costa, walking distance to amenities

Ref. TMXA1336

  • 3 beds
  • 2 baths
  • 272 m² built
  • 129 m² terrace

El Polo de Sotogrande is one of the most popular family developments within Sotogrande´s private estate. Offering a desirable location on the beach side of the estate, it is walking distance to the amenities...

559,000 €

Large family villa for sale in Sotogrande Alto with private pool and panoramic views

Ref. TMRV1339

  • 5 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 504 m² built
  • 6.010 m² plot

This large family residence is well located in Sotogrande Alto on a spacious flat plot with spectacular views. Sotogrande is a highly desirable private estate that offers unrivaled facilities; sailing from...

1,900,000 €

Pretty Andalusian 5 bedroom villa for sale next to the Almenara Golf Course, Sotogrande with private pool and sea views

Ref. TMXV1353

  • 5 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 414 m² built
  • 2.036 m² plot
  • 63 m² terrace

As solid family home set on a large plot with landscaped gardens in Sotogrande Alto, this property has impressive views across the Almenara Golf Course and the sea. Well orientated it receives sun...

1,065,000 €

Frontline golf plot of 3,450 m2 with outline planning permissions for sale in Almenara, Sotogrande

Ref. TMXP1315

  • 3.450 m² plot

A well-located plot bordering the Almenara Golf Course in Sotogrande with views of the lake. The building plot has full outline planning permission to construct a detached single family property. Includes...

759,000 €

Beautiful south west facing 3 bed penthouse for sale in Sotogrande Puerto Deportivo with sea views

Ref. TMXA1343

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 89 m² terrace

An immaculately presented penthouse apartment ideally located in the heart of the marina in Sotogrande, walking distance to bars, restaurants and the beach. The apartment has two terraces that offer...

770,000 €