Sierra Nevada offers mainland Europe’s most southerly skiing. On the motorway from Málaga it takes just 1hr to reach Granada and 1hr 40mins from Marbella. Following the mountain road, a good road which meanders uphill, it takes just a further 30 minutes to reach the purpose-built village of Pradollano at 2,100m. It's close enough to take a skiing day trip from Marbella and there are some very good hotels if you feel like staying a little longer, the best being the new El Lodge or the Meliá Sol y Nieve in Plaza de Pradollano, the main square.
The village is a little short on alpine charm and because of its proximity to Granada and the Costa del Sol it gets very busy at the weekends and on public holidays. The ski area is not extensive but the skiing is varied and there are plenty of easy runs, see Piste Map (select enlarge after picture loads). The slopes are extremely well looked after and they have plenty of snow machines and at busy periods Piste Police! The slopes are high and above the tree line, being at the top 3470m, so when the conditions are good the skiing can be excellent and the views striking; on a clear day you can even see Morocco. It's quite a unique experience to be skiing, surrounded by snow and yet be able to see the sea! Download a printer friendly Town & Piste Map
Sierra Nevada possesses a stunning and peaceful landscape set against snow-capped mountains and so it is a region that is also very popular with walkers, mountain bikers and horse-riders all year round. The rolling hills and deep valleys provide many varied trails, perfect for all year round holidays. Although it may not be the most obvious outpost of Tibetan Buddhism you can also find a thriving retreat centre, "O Sel Ling" opened 20 years ago by the Dalai Lama.
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Sierra Nevada lies in Andalucía, 32km from the ancient Moorish city of Granada. Granada has an edge over other Andalucian cities. Many visitors don’t get past the mystery of the winding streets of the Albayzín and the allure of the Alhambra, the last and greatest Moorish Palace set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada. If you stick around though you’ll find Granada is Andalucía’s hippest most youthful city, with a free-tapas culture, innovative bars and tiny authentic flamenco caves. So if you go skiing make sure to visit Granada too!
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