Nestled near the olive trees and cork oak groves of Los Alcornocales Nature Reserve in southern Spain is a place of rare and unique beauty. A place where the rolling countryside of Andalusia meets the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Where games of golf are accompanied by majestic views of the Costa del Sol. Where you have the freedom to be who you want and do what you please, whenever you wish. That place is Sotogrande.
Within this haven of serenity is SO/ Sotogrande, the only 5-star hotel in town. With world-class golf courses, polo clubs, a tennis academy and one of Spain’s largest marinas on your doorstep, the options for recreation are endless.
Three major airports (Gibraltar, Málaga and Jerez) service the region alongside Spain’s high-speed train network (AVE). Marbella is a 40-minute drive away.
Welcome to the southernmost tip of the Costa del Sol!
Established in 1962, Sotogrande today is one of the most luxurious urbanisations in Europe. Sotogrande offers plenty of ways to be discovered and enjoyed…
promenade through its elite marina, filled with countless yachts; play a round of golf on one of the world-class courses in the area, including Europe’s number 1 course, Valderrama; enjoy long walks along Sotogrande Beach with marvellous views of Gibraltar; cheer on Santa Maria Polo Club at one of their matches – or do you dare give the sport a shot yourself? If you’d rather choose a day of relaxation and indulgence, SO/ Sotogrande has you covered with its 2.800sqm SO/ SPA & FITNESS, three pools and four restaurants and bars.
Combining the cultures of Morocco, Gibraltar and Spain, San Roque is a city full of tradition and history. Spend your day exploring the city’s museums, wandering across beautiful plazas and capturing amazing views of the bay, the mythical Pillars of Hercules and Africa (when the eastern winds allow) from poet Domingo de Mena. To round up your day, try one of the many local restaurants that have been family-owned for generations. If you are lucky enough to be staying during Easter, you will have the privilege to witness one of the most famous events in San Roque: the Holy Week procession, with thousands of spectators flocking each year to enjoy!
CASTELLAR DE LA FRONTERA
Have you ever travelled in time? A 20-minute drive will take you back centuries to the medieval fortress that is Castellar de la Frontera. While culture enthusiasts can discover cave drawings and ancient evidence of history, the (amateur) photographer might prefer to climb up the city’s famous castle to capture breath-taking views.
JIMENA DE LA FRONTERA
With its scenery and urban designs, Jimena de La Frontera is another example of the ‘White Villages’ along the route between Cadiz and Málaga. Must-sees include: Laja Alta Cava (with a collection of prehistoric cave paintings), the Misericord Church, the city’s castle and the charming village centre.
High up in the mountains, some say Gaucín might just be the most beautiful of the ‘White Villages’. Its picturesque, sprawled white houses, narrow streets, lush greens and sweeping views to Gibraltar and the African coast await you. Gaucín is perfect for a day tour from SO/ Sotogrande.
The rich. The beautiful. The famous. The marina of Puerto Banús is their playground with the most luxurious yachts, extravagant cars and exclusive designer stores. Located around the marina you will find plenty of restaurants and cafes with perfect spots to observe the colourful hustle and bustle.
Ronda – the biggest and most enchanting of the ‘White Villages’. The spectacular views from the three stone bridges spanning the city’s deep valley are just one of the many highlights. Discover Ronda’s bullfighting history around the many plazas and museums. Maybe you will fall in love with the city just like Rainer Maria Rilke, Ernest Hemingway and so many more did before you.
Founded in 1,100 BC, the peninsula of Cádiz is one of the oldest and continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe. The city’s Old Town captures you with narrow winding alleys and charming plazas leading through its various barrios (like La Viña, Santa María or El Pópulo). In contrast, the newer parts of Cádiz offer abundant, wide avenues and high buildings. Did you know that the city’s carnival celebrations come second in fame after Rio? Throughout the year you can find rehearsals, public demonstrations, and contests – finally peaking in a ten-day party mid-February.
Fancy some British flair? Whether you prefer a calm stroll through the city, an exploration of its history or an adventurous encounter with Gibraltar’s wild monkeys – ‘The Rock’ has you covered.
The capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia; Seville is the perfect destination for history enthusiasts, foodies, and football fans alike.
History enthusiasts will be satisfied with not just one, but three Unesco World Heritage sites; the Seville Cathedral, the Alcázar palace, and the General Archive of the Indies. Foodies can satisfy their palate and enjoy Spanish gourmet culture in countless local tapas bars. Last but not least, football fans can immerse themselves into one of Sevilla FC’s electrifying famous matches.