Sotogrande in southern Spain offers retirees a sunny Mediterranean lifestyle
Many European retirees are turning to Spain as a retirement destination due to its sunny climate, excellent beaches, and laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle. One of their main destinations is the upscale Andalusian residential resort of Sotogrande on the Costa del Sol, which is still popular in Spain.
Sotogrande is known for its polo club and the Real Club Valderrama golf course, which hosted the 1997 Ryder Cup, and attracts retirees from the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Europe. Spain as well as Russia and South Africa, according to locals. agents.
The 4,500-acre Spanish development, which has around 10,000 homes, does not include retirement villages, but its amenities make it “particularly popular with wealthy older buyers who are no longer working and looking for an outdoor lifestyle. and athletic in a hot climate, ”said James Stewart of James Stewart in association with Savills.
The Costa del Sol community is in an idyllic location on the Cádiz coast, with an estuary, wooded hills and wide sandy beaches, 25 minutes from Gibraltar airport. “It has a sense of space, beaches, clean air, good restaurants, and it’s safe and friendly and close to good health care,” Mr. Stewart said.
Sotogrande was established in 1962 out of five adjacent farms by Filipino-American businessman Joseph Rafael McMicking as an upscale beachfront development focused on families and a healthy lifestyle. The design of its master plan was based on planned communities in California and Florida. It has about 6,000 permanent residents and a population that rises to 25,000 in summer.
The gated and secure domain is privately owned and is made up of low density communities with freehold properties. It has a complex of yacht marinas, a shopping mall, and a circular palm-lined street named Paseo del Parque, which served as the Hollywood backdrop in Netflix’s third series “The Crown.”
Sotogrande has a low-key, low-key atmosphere, although it is home to yachts, mansions, beach clubs, and secure entrances. Its community of landowners includes Sir Peter Caruana, former Chief Minister of Gibraltar, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the late President of Santander Bank Emilio Botí.