Less than 2 hours’ drive from Malaga and the Mediterranean Sea are the highest peaks of the peninsula, the Veleta (3.394m) and the Mulhacen (3.478m).
The majestic Sierra Nevada, located in our neighbouring province Granada, has more than 100 km of skiable slopes in its southernmost ski resort in Europe under a deep blue sky.
The Sierra Nevada National Park is also a great year-round destination, as you will discover in our article!
Sierra Nevada in Winter
The heart of winter activity in Sierra Nevada is the Pradollano ski resort. It is located over 2,000 metres above sea level, with over 4,000 hotel rooms, restaurants, shops, ski schools and equipment hire.
In other words, if you want to, all you need to do is wrap up warm and you can spend a great day in the snow; whether you ski or not, as there are also fun activities for people who don’t want to ski. We’ll tell you more about that below!
Ski and snowboard lovers will find everything and more in Sierra Nevada:
The Sulayr snowpark, a dream area for snowboarders and freestyle skiers of all levels.
The resort has two ski touring routes: one on the Pista El Águila, in the Cauchiles area, and another that runs along the Loma Dilar.
There is also a cross-country skiing track (Nordic skiing) next to the lower station of the Virgen de las Nieves chairlift, which is 2.5 km long.
On Saturday evenings you can enjoy the pleasure of night skiing on the resort’s longest slope, El Rio, which is illuminated for the occasion over a distance of 3 km.
The Three Wise Men
The Three Wise Men arrive in Sierra Nevada skiing down the illuminated slope of El Rio on January 5th at dusk.
Swimming costume descent
A particularly fun event is the traditional swimming costume descent. It takes place every year in the last week of spring skiing, usually in April.
Recreational area Mirlo Blanco
And if I don’t ski, what can I do?
Very close to the main square of Pradollano is the Mirlo Blanco recreational area. It is the perfect place to enjoy the snow in a different way by skating, Russian sledging, bike-skiing or sledging to name but a few.
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Cafés & Restaurants
When you have finished your day’s physical activity, Pradollano is full of cafés, bars and restaurants; recharge your batteries and spend a relaxing time with family and friends.
Pubs & Clubs
Pradollano is well known for its exuberant nightlife. If you’ve still got enough energy left, you’re sure to party until the early hours of the morning.
There is nothing better than soaking in a hot bath or having a massage after a hard day on the slopes. In Pradollano you can choose between several Spas, located in the hotels Hotel Melia Sol y Nieve and Hotel Rumaikiyya.
In the central square of Pradollano there are a number of ski and equipment rental shops, ski schools, supermarkets, chemist, banks, medical service, etc.
It is worth having a look at the official Sierra Nevada website; there is an interesting range of promotions and discounts on offer, such as skier’s day on Wednesdays, vouchers for university students or family ski passes, parking and menus.
Skiing in the morning & swimming in the afternoon in the sea
This slogan, which became famous many years ago, is true. Technically it is perfectly possible to ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon in the Mediterranean Sea. For proximity, the Costa Tropical of Granada would be the preferable option but the Costa del Sol is also very close.
Although the water temperature in the middle of winter hardly reaches 17ºC, there are many local enthusiasts who go for a swim at this time of year and we also have a few Nordic visitors who find 17ºC perfectly acceptable for a cool swim.
Sierra Nevada all year round
The high mountains of Sierra Nevada are a destination worth visiting all year round. This privileged spot was declared National Park of Sierra Nevada in 1999 and not only can we enjoy a magnificent nature, but also a very rich cultural heritage in its southern slope, the Alpujarra.
The Mirlo Blanco recreational area is open in summer from mid-July to the first week of September inclusive. In addition, there are hiking trails, astro-tourism activities, observation of the Perseids on 12 August or e-bike routes, just to mention a few.
Visit their webcam
Do you want to see what Sierra Nevada looks like right now? Visit it´s webcam!
You have more time to travel? Then don’t miss a visit to Granada, this jewel located in the foothills of Sierra Nevada with a huge cultural, historical and monumental heritage.
Granada is also a university city with a young population and lots of nightlife. Get lost in the labyrinthine streets and small squares of the old Moorish quarter Albaicín. And drop into some of its endless bars, Granada is famous for its Tapas!
Visit the Alpujarra
If you are a lover of slow travel and nature, discover the unique magic of the white villages of Arabic origin of the Alpujarra. It is located on the southern slopes of Sierra Nevada.
The whole area enjoys a special microclimate, with lush green valleys and beautiful villages nestling on the slopes. Órgiva is the capital of the region, which is also known as the Ibiza of the south, for its animated alternative life.
More info about Sierra Nevada & how to get there
Check our complete guide about Sierra Nevada and Granada, where we explain more details about this destination and how to get there.
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