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Ski season in Granada & the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Heavy rain on the Costa del Sol usually heralds the start of the ski season in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between Granada and Almeria, so brace yourselves for another  bumper winter season.

 

Twenty-one lifts serve 107km of runs in the Sierra Nevada with ample off-piste skiing for the experts. The season usually runs from November to March and snow conditions can be checked online before travelling. Sierra Nevada is the most southern ski resort in Europe and offers 125 runs in total.

 

Spain is the second most mountainous country in Europe after Switzerland, and Sierra Nevada caters for thousands of visitors who flock here every season to enjoy one of the world´s most popular winter sports.

 

Several ski schools are situated in the village of Sierra Nevada and boot and equipment hire, including snowboards is readily available from the shops at the entrance. Children are also well catered for with two crèches in the main square of the village and a kids’ ski club.

 

If you enjoy winter sports, there is no better place to visit than the Sierra Nevada. Boasting some of the best ski slopes in Spain, this is a must for more adventurous visitors to the Costa del Sol.  Hiking, mountaineering and mountain-biking are also options within the Sierra Nevada and activities to suit all ages and levels of fitness.

 

If you are planning a day trip from the Costa del Sol, most beach-side resorts, including La Cala de Mijas are less than a two-hour drive away from the Sierra Nevada. Properties for sale in La Cala de Mijas are among the most sought after in southern Spain.

If you are planning to visit nearby Granada, just 32km away, the Alhambra Palace should be high up on your list of ‘things to do.’ This stunning fortress complex dates back to the time of Moorish rule in the regionand was built by Yusuf I in 1348. Once the residence of Muslim rulers, the Alhambra is now one of Spain´s most popular tourist attractions and is home to the country´s most important Islamic architecture. 

No trip to Granada would be complete without a visit to Albaicin, which is the old Arabic quarter opposite the Alhambra Palace.  Typically Andalucian, whitewashed houses nestle around cobbled streets, quaint squares and patios.  Costa del Sol properties for sale are popular with ex-pats who want to enjoy the best beach life and winter ski season in the Sierra Nevada.

 

Stroll around the gift shops, where many local handicrafts are made and sold, or enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the many local restaurants.  Local ceramics and pottery is sold widely and most is handmade in workshops behind the houses. Handicrafts made of leather, cloth and wrought iron are also common here, and woven cloth and patchwork can also be found in the Alpujarras district nearby.

 

Marbella and Costa del Sol properties for sale are within easy reach of the Sierra Nevada Mountains by car.

 

 

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