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Winter in Sotogrande
Winter in Sotogrande.

What is winter in Sotogrande really like ?

Sotogrande is just amazing in the winter months.


We still have the warm weather and long sunny days. It doesn’t get dark until 18.30pm which is a huge bonus as the U.K and countries in Europe that are further north all experience darkness much earlier in the afternoon.

This gives us much longer days to indulge in all the things we love to do like playing golf at our favourite golf clubs and in Sotogrande there are many including the world famous Valderrama,or
playing tennis, padel tennis or even polo , which is a year round sport here too.

This is an added bonus for families with young children as the warm weather and the fact that it stays light until the early evening means that the children can play outside for longer and are not stuck inside playing computer games or watching T.V.

There are also wonderful restaurants and beach clubs to have an al fresco lunch or dinner and also nearby Torreguadiaro has a host of terrific tapas bars that are perfect if you fancy a drink with friends and a light meal.

 

One such delightful Beach Bar and restaurant is the Trocadero https://grupotrocadero.com

 

which sits on the beach just across from the Real Club de Golf Sotogrande. The Trocadero is superb for lunch or dinner with family and friends in the winter months . There are plenty of strategically placed tables overlooking the sea and situated around the idyllic swimming pool, which is surrounded by palm trees.It has a Balinese feel inside and the interior includes comfortable seating areas and the most beautiful Balinese Style Bar which is a popular location for early evening drinks with friends.

Here are some other interesting facts about Sotogrande

Sotogrande was initially built and developed due to the vision of forward thinking entrepreneurs Joseph McMicking and Mercedez Zobel . The blueprint was similar to Palm Springs in Florida and to this day Sotogrande is often used by film and T.V companies.

They particularly chose to film in the wide palm tree lined boulevards that compose of some of the most opulant wide streets in the ” Kings and Queens” area of Sotogrande Costa.

This is because of their resemblance to Florida and also to Beverley Hills in California. Indeed a recent episode of the Netflix drama “The Crown’ was filmed here when Netflix the streaming company wanted to emulate Beverley Hills.

Development was started in 1962 when the McMiklings bought the land from five farm owners with the plan to create a prestigious luxury residential enclave in the Mediterranean.
The initial phase included many vast villas in the Sotogrande Costa which is the area nearest the sea and beaches , however because of the popularity of Sotogrande, the resort grew and to include Sotogrande Alto which on an elevated position and has superb views of the sea and countryside.

The original port area of Sotogrande or Puerto de Sotogrande was built in 1988 and further expanded to include the beautiful waterways of Sotogrande Marina constructed with connecting bridges between luxury properties giving a Venetian feel. The area of the Puerto de Sotogrande and Sotogrande Marina are favoured by many, as the stunning apartments are ideal holiday and investment properties. Particularly high rental fees are attainable in the summer months.

Boat owners are also enticed by the ability to buy apartments and town houses with private moorings, what better place to moor your luxury yacht or catamaran than just outside your property.
The huge popularity of these areas is also due to the excellent restaurants, bars and a selection of individual speciality shops.

What is Sotogrande Known for?

Sotogrande is a sporting haven and is particularly enjoyed by those that love the outdoors, It has five golf courses with the most prestigious being the world renowned https://www.valderrama.com/es/, which has been host to the Ryder Cup. It was the first European course to hold the Ryder Cup, which was previously always held within America .

Valderamma also hosts the European Pro golf circuit on a yearly basis.https://www.valderrama.com/es/ draws many great amateur players too who are keen to enjoy the kudos of playing this magnificent, beautifully maintained and highly respected course within the golf world .

There are also a number of tennis and padel clubs and young tennis players with potential choose to attend tennis academies here. There are two superb beach clubs known as the Octagono and the Trocadero , a sailing club, Equestrian facilities and Polo is a year round feature in Sotogrande .

The Sultan of Brunai is a regular patron of one of the many world class polo teams that play here, The largest and best know Polo club here is the internationally famous https://santamariapoloclub.com/ although there are a number of polo clubs in the surrounding area.

Polo is a casual affair here and many families chose to come watch the matches often bring the family dog. Except in the case of the Bronze, Silver and Golf Cup in the summer months. The final games are played at the Santa Maria Polo club and it is transformed into a wonderful sporting environment with seating areas for family and friends, corporate entertaining areas and enclosures for local companies and corporate sponsors that want to impress clients.

The bars, restaurants, speciality shops and even an ” After Polo” nightclub are incredibly popular.

The finals of the Polo are the place to be seen in Sotogrande in the summer months and they are often frequented by international Royalty, film and T.V. stars and of course the wealthy residents of this exceptional place.

 

 

 

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