Summer holidays are nearing and I cannot stop thinking about it. The sun, reading on the beach, tanning by the pool with a cocktail in hand, seeing family and lots of eating are all on my mind all day long. Especially when the rain keeps pouring here in England.
Last time I was in Spain visiting my dad I went to Marbella which is where he can be found during the summer months.
Everybody knows Marbella, with Puerto Banus, its many bars and clubs and the beautiful yachts. But there are some hidden gems beyond the partying and craziness which would blow your mind. Restaurants that serve such fresh fish caught on the day you can taste the sea and for an incredible price; beautiful white villages with flowers on the balconies; small spanish bars where people meet up after the long siesta with a beer and some tapas.. Spain is a wonderful place. This time, we decided to adventure outside our usual places and went to Sotogrande. Specifically to Trocadero Sotogrande.
Sotogrande is a residential development founded in 1962 by American business man Mr Joseph McMicking . It is situated in the municipality of San Roque, Cadiz, 55km west from Marbella and 25km east from Gibraltar.
Sotogrande encompasses all the amenities you could imagine including high end resort developments, first class sports facilities including polo and golf in its 20 square km. It is very well known for its polo matchesas well as their incredibly beautiful and challenging golf course which would make any golfer feel like a pro (except maybe on a windy day!).
Trocadero is a small group of beach bars/restaurants on the coast (they have 4 different ones). The one in Marbella is one of our usual beach bars where we spend the day. They all have African/colonial decor with bold prints and incredible food and drinks. During the months of August you have to book well in advance (1 week at least) but in June/ July you can find a table for lunch and sunbeds by the pool or the beach (depending where you are) booking the day before.
Trocadero Sotogrande was very much like the one we usually go to in Marbella, more or less the same menu the same colonial decor but because it is not on the beach it felt more like a restaurant. It is impressively big inside and the decor is beautiful and cosy. Apart from the dinning tables across the restaurant there are little corners where you can sit with a drink and bigger ones with comfy sofas to enjoy drinks and share small dishes with friends that feel a bit like home.
We were sat by the sliding doors overlooking the sea. All the walls are sliding doors and in summer it is all open. Since there is no beach because it is high up on the rocks it is all covered in grass. There are 2 swimming pools and 2 restaurants: the main Trocadero and a Japanese restaurant by the second pool. It very much gives the feeling of an adult paradise instead of your typical pool at the hotel were kids are all screaming and running around. It had a very relaxing and zen vybe about it and cannot wait to have a few drinks by the pool overlooking the sea.
The menu is mainly Mediterranean/ Spanish, with a lot of fresh fish and seafood as well as meat for all the meat lovers. You could find the classics such as jamon iberico, croquetas, different paellas, and some a bit more exotic like seared tuna Japanese style. They have different menus daytime and night-time as well as a tapas and children menu and of course wine and alcohol menu to complement your meals. The menu is not cheap (mains approx 20-30€) but the quality is very high and the place pretty spectacular so the prices weren't a surprise. The tapas menu is cheaper and perfect for a day relaxing by the pool but still the same quality.
We ordered very varied things, from a chicken noodle wok to an incredible sirloin and a marvellous prawn and squid ink paella as mains. If you have never had a squid ink paella, I would highly recommend trying it. I wouldn't be able to describe the explosion of flavours you get in your mouth but it's amazing. I am not a huge fan of seafood and the paella was incredible. As starters, we ordered ham croquetas and they were gorgeously creamy and crunchy. We got the japanese seared tuna as well which was cooked just right and tasted fresh.
All in all, it was a great experience and I cannot wait to go spend a day in luxurious surroundings with a cocktail and the sun and of course gorgeous food.
I would highly recommend it for couples that want a different kind of day by the beach and fancy feeling special. Especially if one of them doesn't like the beach and the sand! No more burnt feet running to the bar for a beer, it is all soft grass that your feet will love.
Let me know if you do go or know of other places in Sotogrande that I should try this summer!