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
A year later in 1965 McMicking's nephew, Enrique Zobel inaugurated
the Sotogrande Polo Club's fisrt polo field, close to Guadalquitón
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 Site.
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 coins.