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Sports tourism in San Roque

There are so many sportive options in San Roque, the municipality that gives home to Sotogrande, that no sportsman or woman would leave this corner of Cádiz unsatisfied.

Not only one can play top notch polo in the world class facilities of Santa María Polo Club, but also San Roque is considered the European Capital of Golf, with 9 golf fields, three of them having earned a place in the top 100 golf fields of Europe, and one of them, the Campo de Golf de Valderrama, is actually on the 1st spot of the ranking.

The optimum weather conditions, location, and easy access to the area, make it possible for golf fans to reach San Roque all year round, by train, boat or plane, from any corner of the world to enjoy the sport and its lifestyle. The clubs in San Roque are: Club Municipal La Cañada. Almenara Golf, San Roque Club Old Course & New Course, Real Club de Sotogrande, Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort, La Reserva de Sotogrande, and Valderrama.

Talking about our favorite sport, polo, San Roque has been the witness of great polo since half of the 19th century. From that time to 1934, the Gibraltar Polo Club had a field in the neighborhood of Campamento. In 1965, when Sotogrande was founded, the first modern polo field was built by Enrique Zobel, from then on, polo has been growing year by year. Nowadays, there are two clubs actively involved in the development of polo in San Roque: Santa María Polo Club and Ayala Polo Club.

As for other equestrian disciplines, you will find them as well in San Roque. The passion for horses has generated the development and practice of other sports besides polo. There are two main equestrian centres that are dedicated to this: Club Hípico de Sotogrande and the Centro Ecuestre from the San Roque Club. The Centro Ecuestre de San Roque is directed by the Santa María Foundation, and manages an equine therapy centre in wonderful facilities.

But that is not all, in Sotogrande you can also find the port, offering the best water sports, such as fishing, diving, whale watching and cruises. Inaugurated in July 1987, this modern port host the Real Club Marítimo de Sotogrande, that collaborates, plans, and develops all nautical activities in the area. Currently, this club has 500 members, and its activities include directing the diving school, sailing school, fishing boats, boat maintenance and the cruising school. Moreover, it has organized important sail races and keeps organizing several annual events to keep promoting nautical sports.

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