The province of Granada has a great diversity of protected natural spaces and places of great environmental value. An extraordinary example is the Sierra Nevada National Park, which hosts the largest number of endemic plants in Europe.
Among the variety of protected areas, peri-urban parks, natural landscapes, natural monuments and other natural enclaves, they stand out for their extension and value:
– Sierra Nevada National and Natural Park
– Natural Park of the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama
– Sierra de Baza Natural Park
– Sierra de Castril Natural Park
– Sierra de Huétor Natural Park
Skiing in Sierra NevadaIt is the highest ski resort in Spain and the southernmost in Europe, so it is also the one with the most hours of sunshine. It is located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada National Park, 32 km away. from the Granada city. Sierra Nevada is one of the best winter resorts in Spain. The Mulhacén peak, the highest in the Iberian Peninsula, rises to 3,478 meters, an altitude that guarantees the abundance of quality snow.
It has 22 ski lifts, 2 gondolas, 15 chairlifts, 1 ski lift and 4 transporting carpets. It is the Spanish station with the highest ski slope, 1,200 m. (from 2,100 m to 3,300 m altitude) and has 105 km. of tracks marked on 120 tracks (18 green, 42 blue, 53 red and 7 black). It also has a marked cross-country ski circuit. You can practice both skiing and snowboarding. One of the main attractions of Sierra Nevada is the possibility of skiing at night on a lit and specially conditioned track.
In Pradollano they offer all the services you may need, such as ski schools or ski equipment rental and equipment shops.
More information at: www.sierranevada.es
Sierra Nevada for non-skiersFor those who want to enjoy snow without skiing, during the ski season you can visit the Mirlo Blanco, in Pradollano, a modern recreational park that offers activities without skis. This park has Russian sled, ecological ice rink, magic carpet, two snow slides, chair-ski, pain-ski, bike-skiing, archery, mini-ski or minisnow.
Another option is to enjoy the snow with sleigh. In the ski resort of Sierra Nevada there are several shops where you can rent sledges. You can also rent sledges in the area of the Hoya de la Mora, where there are sites enabled to use them or in Granada, on the way to Sierra Nevada.
In summertime, the Sierra is transformed and you can do other activities, such as: use the ski lifts (usually from the end of June to September), enjoy the Bike Park, concerts and other outdoor events, or activities related to astronomy .
Hiking and other activitiesThere are many activities that can be done in the natural landscapes of Granada, such as hiking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, balloon flights, canyoning and others.
For lovers of hiking, there is a wide variety of routes of all levels, some of them signposted.
More information about hiking trails in Granada in:
NATIONAL PARK BUSES – NTERPRETATION SERVICE
Here you can check the updated information on the High Summit Information Service: SIAC