Part of Sotogrande’s reputation is due to its fantastic range of sport and leisure activities that cater for the whole family. Sports fans can choose from golf, sailing, tennis and padel tennis, mountain biking, water sports and horse riding. For those who prefer their leisure time to be more leisurely, Sotogrande has some of the best beaches—and beach clubs–on the coast, as well as a few luxury spas.
Sotogrande is a golf enthusiast’s heaven. It has some of the best courses in Spain and the global golfing community has voted two of them “best in the world.” Courses include: Valderrama, Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande, San Roque Club, La Cañada, La Reserva and Almenara Golf.
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Enrique Zobel introduced polo to Sotogrande back in 1965. He built the first polo field at La Playa. Since then, the two famous “Rio” fields, where most of the international tournaments are held, were built beside the Guadiaro river in the 1980s and in the 1990s a further four fields were added at Los Pinos. All Sotogrande’s polo fields belong to the Santa Maria Polo Club, which is a world-leader in the sport.
August is the best season for watching a polo match –and celebrity spotting—when there are up to ten games daily. The international polo tournaments for the Bronze, Silver and Gold cups turn Sotogrande into the centre of the polo world during the summer months. During the summer season some thirty teams and over a thousand horses plus the world’s top polo players visit Sotogrande. Spectators include European royalty, sports stars, stars of screen and television and leaders form the worlds of business and fashion.
The excellent facilities at the Santa Maria Polo Club have ensured that Sotogrande is a world-class destination for polo aficionados. In addition, if you want to learn the sport, Santa Maria has a polo academy with instructors and classes for all levels of learner.
Sotogrande marina is not just a place to sit and watch the boats sail by; you can also learn sailing and navigation skills at the RYA sailing school and training centre.
If you’re a yacht owner then Sotogrande marina has 1,350 moorings and a reputation for its competitive rates and quality of service. Yacht maintenance throughout the year means your craft is always in top condition.
Alternatively, you can charter a boat. There is a choice of craft and you can charter for a day or for several weeks and create your own luxury cruise.
Sotogrande Royal Sailing Club has some 500 members and hosts some impressive regattas including the All-Andalusia catamaran and Hobie Cat races. Indeed, the club hosted some international events and the first Spanish Cup for cruisers was held at the club.
As you would expect at a resort beside the sea, there are plenty of watersport activities to choose from. El Centro Nautico at the marina offers kayaking, windsurfing, paddlesurfing and surfing in addition to sailing. Keen fishermen can also charter a boat here for fishing trips
Few resorts in Spain would be complete without a padel tennis club: Sotogrande has two. Both clubs have courts for padel and tennis and provide classes for players of all ages and ability.
Both padel clubs are attached to the Cucurucho and Octogono beach clubs. These padel clubs are frequently used as a social meeting place for players and non-players alike, and where the latter can watch friends work up a sweat while having a relaxing drink at the bar.
Polo is not the only equestrian activity in Sotogrande. Keen riders and novices have some good choices when it comes to riding schools and livery stables.
Equestrian Centre E3, which stands for Endurance Equestrian Experience, is the place when you want to combine horse riding with the beautiful nature of inland Andalucia. Only 5 minutes away from the Sotogrande International School, you will find everything a horse lover needs. E3 is offering beach hacks, moonlight hacks and even hacks to the Castle of Castellar. Besides this, you can participate in trail riding holidays and endurance riding. This Equestrian centre is part of Finca Alcaidesa and is set within the borders of Sotogrande, San Roque Club and ‘Pinar del Rey’ Pine Woods.
Sotogrande Hipica also offer daily horse riding classes. There is a special pony club for the youngsters as well as dressage and show jumping classes. Hacks are also offered for the experienced rider!
Walkers and cyclists can make the most of the area’s fabulous countryside by taking part in one of the numerous mountain bike or hiking trips organized by local companies, such as Finca La Alcaidesa. Here, expert guides can take you on hikes through the woods, hills and valleys. Alternatively, you can join the Sotogrande Bike and Hike Club and meet some fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Mountain bikers who like to do their own thing can find a variety of trails online at Wikiloc. You’ll also find walking trails at this online site.
If you prefer to keep fit by staying indoors then you’ll find plenty of gyms and spas in Sotogrande. The majority of Sotogrande gyms have state-of-the-art equipment and luxurious facilities. Visitors will have no trouble finding a personal trainer either.
After a workout, or purely for the purposes of pampering, try one of the local spas where you can enjoy jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and traditional Turkish hammam treatments. Most spas also offer aromatherapy, massage and beauty treatments. The Elysium spa at the Hotel Almenara is highly recommended by many.
Sotogrande’s beaches are clean and well-cared for, making them an attractive and safe environment for families as well as all beach lovers and bathers. Visitors will find typically Spanish “chiringuitos” along the beach where they can get drinks and wonderful food. At Chambao, one of the more popular bars, visitors can also enjoy live music, most likely well in the small hours.
If you prefer a beach club, Sotogrande has two of the best: El Cucurucho and El Octogono. El Cucurucho is exclusively for the use of guests at the Hotel Almenara and the members of the Almenara and La Reserva golf club. El Octogono is between the mouth of the Guadiaro river and the marina and is better for visitors wanting to take part in water sports.