Sotogrande is well known as an architectural showcase on the Costa del Sol, with styles varying from the traditional Andalusian to mid-century modern, all the way through 21st century design and even more unusual designs, including Moorish/mudejar style homes and even a Swiss chalet. In 2008 the local government declared three buildings as of cultural interest, protecting them from reform or demolition. These architectural gems were the Biddle House, the Zóbel house, and the Real Club de Golf. 

A specially built man-made lagoon is part of the newest developments in Sotogrande within the La Reserva gated residential community in the hills of Sotogrande. Dubbed as the only inland private beach of its kind artificial “The Beach” is a 3252 m2 water oasis surrounded by 2,800 m2 of artificial sandy beach. La Reserva offers its residents private access to an 18-hole golf course, a tennis centre and a luxury inland beach club with a stunning freshwater lagoon. Sitting on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea

Today, Sotogrande is renowned for its varied sporting facilities. It has five golf courses in Europe, Valderrama Golf Club host to the European Tour’s Volvo Masters and the 1997 Ryder cup, the Real Club de Golf, Almenara, La Reserva, La Canada and a Golf Academy; six polo fields owned by the Santa María Polo Club; two Tennis and Paddle Tennis Clubs and the Soto Tennis Academy; the Racquet Centre which specializes in paddle tennis and the Octogono which specializes in tennis, a rugby club and two Beach Clubs (Cucurucho and Octogono); a Kayak / Sailing Club, Riding stables and a busy marina. 

Valderrama Golf Club in Sotogrande is continental Europe’s most renowned golf club. In 1997, it became the first course outside the United States and United Kingdom to host the Ryder Cup. 

River Guadiaro and Estuary, Sotogrande, a natural area of 27 hectares and the only marshland on this part of the coast, has been designated as an Andalusian National Park, Wildlife and Nature Reserve. A series of pathways has been constructed, with information boards explaining the natural area, enabling nature lovers unobstructed views of the estuary, its wildlife and in particular the migratory birds, on their route to and from Africa.