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This mountain chain offers great skiing in winter and abundant wildlife in spring and summer. Spain's largest ski resort ... More
This mountain chain offers great skiing in winter and abundant wildlife in spring and summer. Spain's largest ski resort is here, just 35km (40min) from the city. It has all the facilities you need for a week's holiday or a simple day trip. There's skiing from December to April and lots of sunny weather, too. In fact, Granada is bidding for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Natural Park status means the wildlife is protected. Come up in late spring and summer and you'll see a rich variety of wild flowers and butterflies along with bird life and wild mountain goats. There's a high-altitude fitness-training centre here with fantastic facilities. In summer, you can trek up to the highest peak in mainland Spain, Mulhacen (3479m).
The Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain range in all of Spain. Its two highest peaks, Pico Veleta and Mulhacen, both reach well over 11,000 feet. Some areas remain snow-capped year round even though these mountains are only 25 miles from the beach. A drive through proves to be quite bumpy, foggy and sometimes a little scary. It is best to let a local do the driving. Once enveloped in these majestic peaks, its easy to see why so many people come here in all seasons. Whether you are an athlete or not, you will be struck by the Sierra Nevada's awesome beauty. Bring a camera!
The ski season runs from December to June and boasts a popular ski resort near the two highest peaks. In summer and fall, hiking season is in full swing. As with most of the world's great natural wonders, the Sierra Nevada's majestic beauty can also have an ugly side. Though there are several safety shelters on these mountains, visitors are implored to take such precautions as bringing tents, extra food and water, and emergency equipment. Of course, one of the best ways to ensure your safety is to go with an experienced group and let others know the trail you plan to take!
It's well worth climbing up the Cuesta de la Alhacaba slope into the Albayzín district, to get an idea of
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The HG Maribel Hotel is located at the foot of the slopes of the Sierra Nevada ski resort 37 km
from Granada. The HG Maribel is a high quality warming and charming hotel with 31 rooms decorated in a ...
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