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Sotogrande guide with top things to do and essentials places to visit

Sotogrande, considered one of the most luxurious residential areas in Spain, is located in the Andalusian province of Cadiz. It is only 29 km from Estepona on the Costa del Sol and 24 km from Gibraltar. This high standing urbanization stands out above all for one characteristic: its inhabitants can go unnoticed by the public eye. Want to know some things to do in Sotogrande? Continue reading.

The great attractions of Sotogrande therefore are not party or ostentation as in neighbouring Marbella, but here the great fortunes prefer to spend their days in a quiet way, walk on the beach in flip-flops and enjoy sport and family.

Things do in Sotogrande

What to do in Sotogrande? Those who decide to go on holiday to Sotogrande, usually know very well what they will find. For those who are looking for information, we are going to name some of the things you can find in this beautiful place.

Sotogrande aerial view


Sotogrande Marina is a spectacular marina with a residential area. It’s the most exclusive nautical sports tourism enclave in southern Europe. It has 1,382 moorings at the meeting point of oceans, countries and continents. You can rent boats or jet skis and enjoy a good meal in one of the restaurants or even go to the gym. It’s located in a crossroads of cultures on the Costa del Sol and bathed by the Mediterranean Sea.

Sotogrande Marina
Who wouldn’t like to stay in a house like this and have their boat right beside the pool?

Sotogrande Marina offers mooring services and an excellent way to enjoy their stay. The marina integrates its port-city into tourist, gastronomic, cultural and leisure services. The marina has a diverse commercial area and leisure offer. It’s one of the most recommended options to enjoy vacation and family time.

Residential area

Sotogrande Marina has a residential area with luxury apartments and penthouses for sale located on several islands. The apartments are surrounded by water with moorings for recreational boats. They are a few minutes walk from both the Marina and the Sotogrande beach enjoying beautiful views.

One new development in La Marina de Sotogrande is The Pier. It comprises two buildings, Pier 1 with 4 apartments and Pier 2 with 56 apartments with marvellous views of La Marina de Sotogrande. It’s situated in a private gated community with pools and garden areas. The apartments have contemporary open-plan living spaces, high-quality materials, big private terraces, fully equipped kitchens with top-end appliances, fitted wardrobes, solar energy, hot and cold air conditioning, private garage and storage room.

Purchase prices start at around 340,000 euros and can exceed 500,000 euros, depending on the type of apartment.

Golf courses

If perhaps Sotogrande rings a bell, it’s because of its golf courses. Above all, the Valderrama Golf Course, which has been the number one course in Continental Europe since 1989 and is one of the best in the world.
Without leaving the municipality of Sotogrande, we can enjoy several excellent golf courses: Valderrama, Real Club de Golf Sotogrande, Almenara Golf and La Reserva de Sotogrande. Only a few kilometres away are the San Roque Club and the Alcaidesa Golf Resort.

Valderrama golf course
Golf lovers will have a great time in Sotogrande.


Sotogrande also hosts Polo competitions, being one of the most important Polo places in the world both for the quality of the facilities available and for the level of international competitions taking place.

Among these competitions stands out the International Polo Tournament, organized by the Santa María Polo Club, which has six fields in the urbanization. It is one of the three most important Polo clubs in Europe, where you can play this equestrian sport 365 days a year.

Polo in Sotogrande

Playing tennis or paddle

Do you like to play tennis or paddle tennis? In Sotogrande you will find several tennis clubs where you can practice this sport. There are teachers available and they organize championships  occasionally, you might meet a star or a future promise of this sport.

Beaches in Sotogrande

Along the coast you can see concrete forts built from May 1936 onwards as a defensive line against a possible invasion from Gibraltar. Vestiges of history that were never used, but are part of our heritage.

You will also find an abandoned house in front of the coast. It is located between Sotogrande and Guadalquitón beach. Today it forms part of the tourist attractions and many people choose to have their photo taken in front of it. If you are lucky you may see some horses resting in the area.

La Reserva beach

Sotogrande can pride itself on having the first and only private beach in Spain. Located in the Reserva Club in the hills of Sotogrande, this 2,800 m2 artificial beach was inaugurated in 2018 with white sand imported from Punta Paloma in Tarifa. It has a sandy bottomed lagoon and another bigger one of 17.000 m2 for water sports.

Sotogrande beach

Sotogrande beach is located west of the river, next to a huge natural area on a private estate. The only access is via the Paseo del Parque. There are toilets and lifeguards on the beach, but no showers, beach bars or hammocks.

Torreguadiaro beach

It’s a semi-urban beach of 1,300 m long located between Sotogrande and Torreguadiaro that has several beach bars and high occupation in summer.

Paseo del Mar

Beach located between the Marina and the Guadairo River, with shower, toilets, lifeguard, a beach bar and a water sports centre.

Guadalquiton beach

Playa Guadalquiton is a 5 km long beach next to a huge private estate between Sotogrande and Alcaidesa.

Access on foot is from Playa Torrecarbonería to the west and Playa Sotogrande to the east. There are no services and it is probably one of the quietest beaches in Andalusia.

Sotogrande beach
Beautiful scenery to enjoy while walking along the shore.

Water sports

If you go on holiday during the summer you will be able to enjoy a lot of water activities.

Water sports in Sotogrande

From kayaking to kitesurfing, windsurfing to scuba diving, Sotogrande is no slouch when it comes to water activities for those who want to cool off in the heat of the day.

Would you prefer to sail a sailing boat? In the marina you will find the sailing school at the Real Club Nautico (

Deep sea fishing

Deep sea fishing in Sotogrande is world famous thanks to its location in relation to the Strait of Gibraltar; this area offers a unique setting for many species. In the marina you will find companies offering their services for those who want to enjoy a day of fishing with friends.

Deep-sea fishing and fishing rods

Visit the Guadiaro River Estuary

Between the marina and the beach of Sotogrande, there is an estuary and bird watching point. It is a protected area and natural site located next to the mouth of the Guadiaro River.

We highlight the presence of otters, herons and ospreys among many other species, some of them protected.

Birds estuary
Birds estuary in Sotogrande.

There are wooden walkways so that visitors can visit and get to know this natural environment. The best times of the year to visit are during winter, spring and autumn, although it is a recommended visit all year round.

List of species you can find:


Beach Clubs

Ocotogono Beach Club
This club with restaurant is one of the most frequented by the inhabitants of teh area, where they even celebrate their weddings and communions. The club has three swimming pools, one for adults, one for children and a smaller one for babies.

Trocadero Beach Club
The old Cucurucho has been transformed into the Beach Club Trocadero, with 700 m2 of lawn, a spectacular interior, two restaurants, family area and two swimming pools.

Chambao Beach Club
With Balinese beds and a chill-out atmosphere with live DJ sessions, this beach club located on the beach of Torreguadiaro is open every day from morning until dawn.

Beach club

What to see in Sotogrande

If you feel like strolling around visiting places of interest, here most of them are within easy walking distance.

Torre Quebrada and Torre Nueva de Guadiaro

Torre Quebrada de Guadiaro, also known as Torre Vieja de Guadiaro or simply Torre Vieja, is a watchtower located in the Andalusian town of San Roque, Spain. The tower was built as part of the defense system of the Bay of Algeciras and the Strait of Gibraltar during the 15th century. It is located next to the coastline and a few meters from the mouth of the Guadiaro River.

The exact year of its construction is unknown and some sources point to a possible Islamic origin. Lightning struck the tower at the beginning of the 16th century and split it in two. After this event, Torre Quebrada de Guadiaro was ruined and unusable for the functions it had been performing until then. In 1516, a Royal Decree made it clear that they needed to build a new tower at the mouth of the Guadiaro River to replace it: Torre Nueva de Guadiaro.

These towers are part of a series of watchtowers along the Andalusian coast that were once used as defensive elements and are still standing and well preserved today. They make for great photo opportunities with their coastal landscape backgrounds.

Abandoned house

Little is known about this house, at least little information can be found on the web. Its beauty lies in its spectacular location with wild horses in the surrounding area as can be seen in the photos taken by some visitors.

Levante Market

The beautiful Sotogrande Marina is home to one of the most attractive Sunday Markets in the region. At the Marina you can enjoy gastronomy, shops, art galleries, beauty centres and water activities throughout the year. During July and August, it becomes the perfect place to enjoy an extensive and exciting program of events that include night markets, children’s play areas and the opportunity to socialize with friends and family while enjoying Spanish sun and good food and drink.

Here you cou can find antiques, silk and linen clothing, unique silver jewelry or gourmet products at the market. In addition, the market is held outdoors in the Sotogrande Marina, making it a very attractive outdoor shopping experience .

The market is on every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During night openings on Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August, the market opens at 7 p.m. and does not close until midnight.

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What’s so special about Sotogrande?

What is special about Sotogrande? This residential area stands out for its residential and hotel offer and is one of the main luxury destinations in Andalusia. It provides a quiet destination away from the hustle and bustle found in nearby towns such as Marbella.

The friendliness of its people strikes those who come to live in Sotogrande. The residents are open-minded and of many different nationalities. If you enjoy horse riding, golf, tennis or paddle tennis in Sotogrande you will feel right at home.

Its proximity to places like Marbella, Malaga, Tarifa or Morocco means that in the blink of an eye you can change your life. If you feel like going skiing or visiting the snow, after a couple of hours by car you are in Sierra Nevada. A quiet place to stay, but close to many places of interest in Andalusia.

As if that wasn’t enough, Sotogrande is on the sea front, where dolphins swim and play with the boats that pass close to the coast. Nature lovers will be pleased to know that the area is surrounded by mountains and there is also a natural park, “Los Alcornocales”, with wild flora and fauna.

The climate is mild all year round and allows us to enjoy the great outdoors; we are sure that anyone who visits Sotogrande will come back.

Getting to Sotogrande

Sotogrande is located some distance from Malaga airport, so if this is your point of entry you may need a means of transport to get there. We can help you with the transfer from the airport to Sotogrande.

How long does it take from the airport? In approximately one hour you will arrive to Sotogrande.

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