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Explore Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada is the perfect destination for ski holidays. Located in the heart of the Granada Province of Andalucia it is Spain’s most popular ski destination. With over 60Km. of ski slopes snow covered for about 5 months every year and the beaches of the Costa del Sol no more than 2 hours away it is the perfect holiday choice for the best of both worlds. The splendour of the mountains with its clean air and pristine snow as well as the area’s breath taking intrinsic beauty attracts thousands of winter sports enthusiasts every year. As well as skiing snowboarding has become increasingly popular as a winter sport activity. The Sierra Nevada has a range of slopes to suit everyone from beginners to experts with numerous ski schools, equipment hire services, ski lifts. Experienced skiers will love the El Rio slope with 3Km. of almost vertical drop.

Holidays in Sierra Nevada aren't just about snow and après-ski; in the summer months there is a rich, lush landscape to explore. Walk through forests, cycle past waterfalls or picnic by glacial lakes. For a full day experience, take the whole family on a horse-riding lesson through the lush green landscape.

The area has plenty of sights to see as well, from 14th century merchant buildings to the famous Alhambra, a historical red-bricked palace and fortress. Take some time to explore the beautiful Alpujarra region with its traditional villages and verdant olive groves – you won’t be disappointed!

If snow is what you came for, then Sierra Nevada will provide. Head off-piste and try cross-country skiing, or hire an instructor and you'll be slaloming like a pro in no time. Go ice-skating with friends, or perhaps even try an archery lesson. The kids are always catered for here too, with plenty for them to enjoy including tobogganing and snowmobile rides.

Away from the slopes

Away from the ski slopes visitors can enjoy the serenity of some of the charming villages in the Sierra Nevada region. With horse, bike and walking trails linking some of the villages exploring the area could not be easier. The Southern slopes form part of the Alpujarra, famous for its beautiful timeless white villages of flat roofed houses, with balconies full of cascading flowers and plants. The influence of the Moors who inhabited this region after they were banished from Granada is still evident in many aspects of the Alpujarran way of life today. The terraced landscape carved by the Moors was a natural irrigation system when melting snow ran along the channels to water trees and vegetables. The views are quiet magnificent and on clear days you can see right down to the Costa Tropical and across to Africa. Visit the villages of Cenas de la Vega home to a Moorish necropolis, Monachil a scenic village of historical and artistic interest. Take in the typical Spanish village of Guejar Sierra where there are many walks that start from the town into the Sierra Nevada national park. The picturesque village of Capileira, has a myriad of hotels, hostels, cafes and restaurants. Trevélez is an excellent base if you want to climb the peaks and trips to the seven spectacular glacial lakes, Las Siete Lagunas, start from here. Springtime is a particularly stunning time for hill walking with wild flowers, butterflies and birdsong adding to the beauty and serenity of this magical region.

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A Holiday to Remember

Sierra Nevada holidays have something to offer everyone. From families learning to ski together to groups of friends racing down the runs, all kinds of ski lovers will feel right at home here. The crisp, white powder, sunny skies and excellent ski courses make this the perfect place for an active getaway to remember.

For those looking to relax, however, there are plenty of cafés where you can gaze out at the awe-inspiring mountainscape while sipping warming drinks before a roaring fire. Finish off your perfect day by enjoying a horse-drawn sled through the dazzling landscape.

Adrenaline junkies will love the opportunities to paraglide and rock climb, but most of all, the black piste runs are sure to get your blood pumping. You can even enjoy a romantic night walk up Sierra Nevada's second highest mountain, the Veleta, to experience some incredible views.

Whether your idea of a perfect evening is playing pool with friends, dancing the night away or enjoying a relaxed dinner with loved ones, holidays to Sierra Nevada have it all.