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SOTOGRANDE: What do you need to know A quick guide to the basics |

Sotogrande is the largest privately owned residential development in Andalusia. It is composed of a 20 km2 stretch of land from the Mediterranean Sea into the hills of Sierra Almenara, providing contrasting views and beautiful landscapes.  Located just 25 km east of Gibraltar and one hour from Malaga International airport, Sotogrande is easily accessible from just about any part of the UK or Europe.

Sotogrande was masterminded in 1962 by philanthropist Joseph Rafael McMicking. He wanted to create a community in this sun-kissed corner of the Mediterranean where people from all over the world could thrive and pursue an active, healthy lifestyle embracing the unique opportunities of Sotogrande’s special coastal location.

Sotogrande is divided into zones which make it easy to find your way around
 the port all the way to La Reserva.

Kings and Queens: Found in  the  lower part of Sotogrande, known as the Kings and Queens, where all the streets are named after Spanish kings and queens, except for Paseo Del Parque, the main road which runs in a loop around the golf course boasting some of the most desirable properties. The Paseo is 5km long and you’ll see people running, biking or walking their dogs on this famous path.

The plots in Costa are all large and mostly flat and have so much to offer  be they riverfront, near the beach or overlooking the golf course. This was where the original construction began in the 60s. We’re sure the first pioneers never imagined how it would all grow, change and flourish over the decades. 

 A  and B Zones: are also found on the Costa side and they consist of beautiful tree-lined streets and stunning villas in all different price ranges. In this area, all street names start with either A or B respectively.

Sotogrande Alto and La Reserva: Above the N340 is the geographically larger part of Sotogrande, featuring rolling hills, wooded areas and villas with incredible sea, golf and country views. Some families prefer this area because of the proximity to the International School, horse riding schools and stables.


There’s also an exciting new development in La Reserva which features one of the most prestigious golf courses and elegant clubhouses in the region. The plans include the construction of a luxurious lakeside club complete with beach and endless amenities in a large lake surrounded by the rolling terrain of the golfing greens.

The PORT: In addition to the Village, the Marina of Sotogrande is also full of interesting shops and some amazing restaurants. The Ke Bar is very popular with locals and busy all year round. The Hairy Lemon has a very strong English following and some truly delicious dishes. Then there are many new restaurants opening up all the time, offering so many different dining options. The port is also a great place for shopping, whether you’re looking for high fashion clothes or just some fun beachwear. For the latest bathing suits and summer dresses make sure to visit Rosato Collections Boutique near the Ke Bar.

Also in the port area  we have a Craft Market every Sunday where you can enjoy up-market antiques and crafts, shop for clothes or sample some local delicacies.  This area also has some incredible apartments to offer, some breathtaking penthouses and waterfront townhouses along the river.

Sotogrande is truly a one of a kind experience, unique in its location and amenities it has to offer. Yet it has something for everyone whether your passion is polo, sailing, golf, or just lounging on one of the fabulous beaches. Those who live or vacation here swear it is the best kept secret in the world.

The  Village: Nestled between the lower and upper parts of Sotogrande we find a charming little Spanish town called Pueblo Nuevo de Guadiaro, affectionately known by locals as the “Pueblo” or “Village”. This is the place where residents of Sotogrande mingle with the locals at the many bars, restaurants and cafes. This is also where we find a number of supermarkets, including Supercor, which is the gourmet market of Corte Ingles. There is also a Mercadona, a Lidl, which is being rebuilt as we speak, and there’s even an Iceland Overseas where English customers can find all their favorite foods from back home. In addition, there are mechanics, hair dressers, beauty salons, dentists, lawyers, language schools, real estate offices, lawyers, flower shops, vets, gyms, pharmacies, wine shops, furniture shops, clothing shops, hardware shops, etc. For some delicious cakes and afternoon tea, we’d highly recommend Pane & Cioccolato or Okay for some fresh bread and a great breakfast.