WHERE IS SOTOGRANDE?
Sotogrande is easily the largest and most prestigious resort and residential development in southern Europe. With 4,500 acres stretching from the Mediterranean 30km east of Gibraltar, back to the Sierra Almenara foothills providing contrasting views of green fairways, cork trees and the sea.
Sotogrande was the brainchild of Joseph McMicking who in 1962 bought five farms together with the idea to create a luxurious residential development by the Mediterranean. Sotogrande appeals to many nationalities because of the natural beauty of the land and early landscaping, the planting of avenues of palm and conifer trees, underground infrastructure, and wide two lane roads giving a prestigious exclusive feel.
Today Sotogrande is known throughout the World for the most varied sporting facilities. Five of the most beautiful golf courses in Europe, Valderrama host to the 1997 Ryder Cup, The Club Real de Golf, Almenara, La Reserva, La Cañada and a Golf Academy; two world famous Polo fields; two Tennis, Paddle and Fronton Clubs; two Beach Clubs; a Bridge Club, Yacht Club, Sailing school, Heath resort, Riding stables and a busy Marina, the first on entering the Mediterranean all make Sotogrande a Sportsman's paradise.
Together with eight first class Hotels and five Hostels, six International Banks, twenty-five Lawyers offices, Five commercial centres with shops and Supermarkets, Bars and Restaurants and only 20 minutes from the Offshore Finance centre of Gibraltar and Airport, one hour from Malaga Airport and seventy minutes from Jerez Airport make Sotogrande ideal for the business man on holiday or for his Corporate Hospitality.
A natural area of 27 hectares along the river Guadiaro, the only marshland on this part of the coast, has been designated as an Andalucian National Park, Wildlife and Nature Reserve.
A series of pathways has been constructed with information boards explaining the natural area enabling nature lovers unobstructed views of the estuary, it's wildlife and in particular the migratory Birds on their route to and from Africa. Sotogrande is a Nature Lovers paradise
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