Established in 1962 by the American Colonel, Joseph McMicking, Sotogrande is one of the most prestigious and luxurious locations in Europe. It is located in the municipality of San Roque, in the province of Cádiz on the Costa del Sol and is one of the most important sports and recreation areas in southern Spain.
The municipality of San Roque is well known for its warm climate all year round, its white sandy beaches, its luxury lifestyle as well as the exceptional sporting and leisure facilities that have their home in the area. San Roque is the ultimate destination for jetsetters and enthusiasts of a high-end lifestyle: offering 12 polo fields (nine belonging to the Santa Maria Polo Club), nine golf courses, wide recreation areas and a vast marina. The region is closely tied to the famous Santa Maria Polo Club, hosting world renowned polo players.
The city San Roque is an important regional centre, located at the strait of Gibraltar. The foundation of San Roque goes back to 1706 and is profoundly related to the occupation of Gibraltar during that time. San Roque is a typical quaint Andalucian village, offering a diversity of historic sites for visitors. The most important monuments are the church Santa María la Corona built in 1735, the Palacio de los Gobernadores from the 18th Century and the Plaza de Toros, one of the oldest bullfighting arenas in Andalusia. An important highlight is the traditional celebration of Holy Week, “Semana Santa”, being one of the most spectacular fiestas nationwide. The Good Friday Procession (“La Procesión Magna del Viernes Santo”) of San Roque is famous far beyond the region. Every year, hundreds of tourists and local people take part in this procession.
San Roque and Sotogrande have very simple and open access ways, they can be easily reached by car, train, airplane (Málaga Airport) or ferry.