Sotogrande was a large uninhabitated country area consisting
of a series of country estates.
In 1964 Joseph McMicking with exceptional foresight
to lay the foundations of what is known today as one
of the best residential tourism areas in Europe: Sotogrande
and its first golf course, Real Club de Golf de Sotogrande.
A year later in 1965 McMicking's nephew, Enrique Zobel
inaugurated the Sotogrande Polo Club's fisrt polo field,
close to Guadalquitón beach.
The old fishing village takes its name from the river
as it is situated at the river mouth Guadarranque.
The original part of the village was founded in 750
B.C.and is very close by at the Carteya Archaeological
It was also the first Roman colony to achieve the title
from the Senate in Rome. Strabo, Pliny and Pomponius
Mela wrote about this city, which even minted its own