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Monday, 11 January 2021

MÁLAGA LIFESTYLE: The Sierra Nevada - Not just for Christmas!

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The Sierra Nevada (meaning "mountain range covered in snow" in Spanish)

"The Sierra Nevada is not just a Winter resort, there is something to do and see all year round "

They are a mountain range in the region of Andalucia, in the province of Granada and, a little further, Málaga and Almería in Spain.

Here are some other interesting details about this ski resort.

1. The Mulhacen peak is 3478 metres high (That´s about 11,410 ft.) and is the highest point of continental Spain.

2. There are 66 plant species and 80 animal species native to the Sierra Nevada National Park.

3. Sierra Nevada has been part of ¨La Vuelta a España¨ many times with the final stage of the race ending here.

4. At 1200 metres it has the largest difference in gradient in any resort in Spain.

5. Night skiing is held at Pradollano every Thursday and Saturday.

6. The Super parque Sulayr has a 165 metre Half Pipe for freestylers and snowboarders.

7. It is the most Southern ski resort in Europe. Enjoy lots of sunshine while you ski in Spain!

Places to visit in the Sierras

1. The village of Capileira in Las Alpujarras

The village of Capileira is the highest of three white villages, located in the Barranco de Poqueira, and also the second highest village in the whole of Spain. The winding and steep streets are lined with quaint and beautiful homes, as well as the 18th-century village church and the interesting Museo Etnológico Pedro Antonio Alarcón, with its exhibits of the village’s handicrafts. Visit the Eras de Aldeire for the most amazing views across the Poqueira gorge and surroundings, all the way to the famed Veleta peak, well known for its ski resort.

2. Sierra Nevada Observatory

Enjoy a guided visit to the Sierra Nevada Observatory, located high up in the Sierra Nevada mountain range at Loma de Dílar. The observatory is maintained and operated by the Astrophysical Institute of Andalusia and has a main building with two optical telescopes and other buildings for astronomical and non-astronomical purposes.

3. Los Cahorros In Monachil

For a fascinating hike, the Los Cahorros gorge is located a short distance from the tiny village of Monachil. While previously only known in rock climbing circles, the addition of hanging bridges has made this area popular for visitors to the area. Besides the hanging bridges, there is a pleasant walk alongside the Monachil River with gorgeous views, rock pools for swimming, waterfalls, and tunnels to explore.

4. Camino Real de las Hoyas nature trail

Camino Real de las Hoyas is a nature path which leads through ancient oaks over a bridge dating from Roman times. The route offers beautiful landscapes of the Sierra Nevada, along with many types of vegetation and local species of animals to be seen, including the wild boar and ibex.

5. Trevélez village and its famed ham

Trevélez is a charming white village, located in the beautiful river valley of the same name and is famous for its cured ham (jamón Serrano). Trevélez is the highest village in Spain offering clear mountain air, perfect for curing the ham. In the local bars, it is possible to see the hams hanging from the ceiling. In the lower section of the village, many handicraft shops, souvenir shops, restaurants, and bars can be found, while the upper areas of the village offer the traditional white homes and winding streets.

6. Sierra Nevada ski resort

Andalusia is famed for its hot and sunny weather, making the Sierra Nevada mountain range the only ski location in the province, close to Granada and the Alhambra. The ski resort is Pradollano, a popular spot with its restaurants, shops, bars, and nightlife, located close to the ski lifts up Veleta Mountain to the slopes. In winter, the area is famed for its skiing and snowboarding, while in summer it is a popular area for enjoying nature and stunning views across the countryside.

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