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Costa del Sol Guide - Sotogrande
In 1997, one of the most prestigious transatlantic golf championships took place at Sotogrande’s Valderrama golf course. Until then, this luxurious real-estate development of some 5000 acres, stood quietly in the wings as resorts to the east, such as Estepona and Marbella, experienced a dramatic increase in foreign residents and tourism. Sotogrande’s debut on the world stage was repeated during the American Express Championship part of the new World Golf Championships in November 1999 and, today, this magnificent resort has deservedly evolved as one of the highest quality and most popular destinations on the Coast.
The port is important in its own right, being the first main leisure harbour on the Mediterranean when approaching from the Atlantic to the west. Located just 20 minutes from Gibraltar, Sotogrande attracts foreign residents and tourists of every nationality – as well as Spanish – but is understandably popular with the British who don’t have to travel too far to stock up on their M & S underwear and Marmite.
Map of Sotogrande
Sotogrande accommodation includes the some of the best hotels on the coast, as well as luxury villas with pools, and country and seafront apartments, many with views of the Rock with the Atlas Mountains on the distant horizon,
Aside from Valderrama, La Cañanda and Sotogrande Golf are also located here, the latter, designer Robert Trent Jones considers to be his “one of his best pieces of work”. Two further courses at San Roque and Almenara Golf Hotel and Spa are within easy reach. In short, Sotogrande is the place for big time golfers, said to feature Spain’s highest proportion of registered golfers at any one centre.
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