Holidays in
Sierra Nevada

Spain’s snowcapped peaks

Andalucia isn’t all beaches and sangria. On Sierra Nevada holidays you can explore the other side of the province – a mountain range that includes mainland Spain’s highest mountain, Europe’s southernmost ski resort and villages of whitewashed houses that shine in the sun. If you love nature, you’re in luck – wild flowers drown slopes in colour in spring, while ibex, horned goats and an array of birds can be spotted. The hiking and cycling is superb, and opens up wonderful views that can stretch as far as Morocco.

But you don’t have to be active on holidays to Sierra Nevada. The southern foothills of the Alpujarras, in particular, offer gorgeous towns with markets, castles, spas, cobbled medieval districts and great food, many of them clinging to gorges or set in woodland. Drives around the region, which can be easily reached from Granada, provide unexpected vistas and many appealing places to stop off.

Your Sierra Nevada questions, answered

It translates as ‘snow-covered mountain range’. Come here in winter and you’ll see exactly what they mean. Snow can linger throughout the year in higher areas.

The Pueblos Blancos are towns and villages with whitewashed walls and red-tiled roofs. They’re found dotted across the hills of Andalucia, and are a classic sight in the region.

At 3,479 metres, Mulhacen is the highest point in the Sierra Nevada and in mainland Spain. It’s just short of Mount Tiede – a 3,718-metre volcano in Tenerife.

Best things to do in Sierra Nevada

Explore the Alpujarras

The mountains dip towards the sea in the Alpujarras. Highlights include Lanjaron, with its natural spas and Moorish castle, and Orgiva, with an alternative vibe and an excellent market.

Hit the slopes

Yes, you can ski and snowboard in southern Spain. The Sierra Nevada resort has 115 pistes covering more than 100 kilometres. The season lasts from December until early May.

Get to the top

Many of the peaks in the Sierra Nevada can be reached without mountaineering gear, although you’ll need to be fit and well-prepared – 3,400-metre Pico Veleta is popular.

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