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Sierra Nevada, Granada, Spain
Property & Tourist Information
The Sierra Nevada is the name given to Europe's southernmost mountain range situated in Andalucia, though more often associated with Granada. It is the second highest mountain range in Europe (after the Alps) & boasts Spain's highest peak; Mulhacen measuring 3,482 metres. It is perhaps best known for its ski resort (Sol y Nieve) which is just 20 minutes drive from central Granada. The resort boasts over 61 kilometres of slope spread across 39 runs, & 6 sensational off-course trails.
Other than the beautiful, rugged, & often snowy terrain, part of the Sierra Nevada is given over to farm land (mainly in the Alpujarra area) growing a variety of produce; typically almonds, walnuts, cereal crops, grapes, apples, cherries, etc. Europe's most important iron mine is also located here, as are numerous quarries.
Much of the Sierra Nevada has been designated as national parkland, with the protected area measuring a total of 86,208 hectares. There are two main visitor centres located at the eastern & western ends of the park. Activities here include exhibitions on the parks flora & fauna, hiking, cycling (with bike hire), horse-riding, & paragliding. Guidebooks & maps of the park are available for sale, as are locally produced goods (hams, cheeses etc.) at the in-house shop, & coffee/snacks at the cafeteria.
The Sierra Nevada is prized for the cleanliness of its air as much as it is for its wildlife. In fact the park boasts its very own observatory near the town of Loma de Dilar. Known as the Sierra Nevada Observatory it is managed by the Institute of Astrophysics Andalucia.
Accommodation in the park varies greatly, though there are numerous hotels & rental apartments available in the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort (Sol y Nieve); many of which are bookable via the Sierra Nevada Hotels link on the left hand side of this page. For those visiting more remote areas there are a host of campsites, mountain refuges, & self catering accommodation available. Visitors are advised to contact the Granada tourist office for information on these more remote offerings.
Granada Tourist Office
Telephone +34 958 225217
Fax +34 958 223174
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Sierra Nevada, Granada, Spain, Property & Tourist Information
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