by Chris Chaplow
A round up of news items of interest to visitors and residents of Sotogrande. Latest itms added to the top, older items archived for future interest. Page last updated 12-110-2023.
LIV Golf and Andalucia Masters return to Sotogrande in 2024
Dates for the diary. LIV Golf and Andalucia Masters return to Sotogrande in 2024. The LIV Golf returns to Valderrama Golf Club from the 12th to 14th July 2024. The Andalucia Masters returns to Real Club de Golf Sotogrande from the 17th to 20th October 2024. About the LIV Golf Valdreama 2023 and the Andalucia Masters 2023
The Restaurant and Terrace swimming pool at The Beach at La Reserva Club Sotogrande will open for the first time over the winter months.
The indoor and outdoor terrace restaurant is particularly known for its oriental-inspired dishes, including fine sushi from chef Carlos Navarro. It will serve a breakfast and a brunch as well as the á la carte lunch menu.
The Autumn-Winter Season is from 18th November 2023 to 17th March 2024. The Beach will be open Saturdays & Sundays from 10.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs for the restaurant and the 25m swimming pool. Single Sunbeds are 25€ for the day and double sunbeds are 60€ for the day. The sandy beach lagoon area is closed. The sports lagoon is open and non-motorised aquatic sports equtment such as kayaks and paddle boards can hired. More>
Winner Adrian Meronk from Poland wanted to make the headlines after not being picked for the European Ryder Cup team. At Real Club de Golf Sotogrande he did just that, by reaching 16 under par after posting a sublime six under par final round of 66 to secure his third victory on the 2023 Race to Dubai. He finished one stroke clear of overnight co-leader Matti Schmid, whose title charge fell away after bogeying the par four 16th. More>
Sotogrande Music Festival - 1st July to 25th August 2023
The second edition of the Sotogrande Music Festival will take place in the grounds of the Puerto Maria Polo Club, Los Pinos fields from 1 July until 15 September, a musical extravaganza that will present artistes of diverse styles, ranging from more traditional music such as copla, or Spanish song, to energetic genres such as urban pop, rock and rap. Artists include Antonio , Ecos de Rocio, Pablo Lopez, God Save the Queen, Marita Sea, Pastora Soler, This is Michael, SFDK, Onmar Montes and Ana Mena, and Raul More info>
Flamenco Festival Trocadero Sotogrande
Some of the most celebrated names from the world of flamenco came together at the Flamenco Festival Trocadero in Sotogrande in summer 2023. This is the third edition of the festival, which presents a series of ten concerts in the popular Trocadero Beach Club and Restaurant.More info>
Valderrama ready to host the LIV GOLF tournament from 30th June to 2nd July
12 Teams: Golfers in individual and team competitions. 48 Players: Small Fields. Shotgun starts: Action everywhere from the very first moment. No Cuts. LIV Golf is a professionsal tour series started in 2022 as an invitational series and in 2023 is a fully fledged tour series. It is financed by the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. Valderrama was one of the first tournaments to be announced back on the 30th November 2022 three venues were simultaneously announced. These were Real Club Valderrama (30 June-2 July), El Camaleón Golf Course at Mayakoba, Mexico (24-26 February), Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore (28-30 April). The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide (21-23 April) was previously announced. The 2023 tour comprises 14, three day 54 hole tournaments.
Ordenacion del Espacio Maritimo project
The ‘Plans of the organisation of maritime space’ were approved and published in the BOE on the 28th February 2023. These wide ranging plans cover five marine areas of Spain, one of which is ‘The Strait and Alboran sea’. The plans are published by the ‘Ordenacion del Espacio Maritimo’ project and are in effect a super compendium listing all the different protections and uses of the waters. The plan includes mention of proposal by the Port Authority of the Bay of Algeciras for a zone to be demarked off coast between Alcaidesa and Sotogrande to be listed as anchorages for large ships. The relevant section in the 450 page plan can be downloaded here (700k pdf).
In 2016 the Port Authority's plans were publicised and given the seriousness of the visual impact and the environmental risk of having cargo ships located two hundred meters from the San Roque beaches the town council led an opposition demonstration by citizens, businesses and environmentalists. It appeared successful since the Port Authority announced in May 2017 that it was suspending the anchorage project in order to study alternatives. When it was raised again in August 2018 more than a thousand people formed a human chain in Torreguadiaro. Since then little has been heard of the project, and now they are written into the overarching maritime plan. The offshore anchorage zone is not approved but neither is it abandoned.
I Ruta de la Tapa con Sabor a Mar de San Roque
The ‘I Ruta de la Tapa con Sabor a Mar de San Roque’ is taking place from the 2nd to 5th of March 2023. 20 restaurants in the Guadiaro Valley and Sotogrande are taking part in the event. Each restaurant offers a seafood tapa and a drink for 5 euros, clients can follow the route with the "tapaporte", a 24-page booklet which includes information about each participating establishment, with a description of the tapas.
This first edition focused on dishes made with fish and seafood. The establishment taking part are: Río Seco, Umo Cocina al Carbón, Puratapa, Trasmallo, La Verandah, Summum, 2x4 Empanadas, Milla de Plata, Kugawo, Ke Sotogrande, Fresco Marina, Don Diego, Mara, Midas, Bunker Beach, El Rinconcito, El Recinto, La Habana, El Patio y Moncayo.