Sierra Nevada - Granada

Sierra Nevada - Granada

Sierra Nevada municipal districts and Sierra Nevada park in the province of Granada

Sierra Nevada National Park

The Sierra Nevada is a dramatic, rugged and extensive mountain range, the highest in Europe after the Alps and the most significant section of the Cordillera Penibética. The protected area encompasses 86,208ha of torrential rivers, sheer-sided gorges, stony scree slopes, glacial lakes between snowy summits and, in the foothills of the Alpujarras, cultivated terraces of almond trees and vegetables.

Apartments in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada is Europe’s southernmost skiing range: the highest summit of the Sierra Nevada mountain range is Mulhacén at 3.481 metres, while the highest ski lift and piste climb to just below Veleta, which is at 3.398 metres.

Sierra Nevada Ski News

News about Four New Ski Lifts, Snow production, Snow Grooming Machines and Themed Slopes.

Plan of Sierra Nevada ski runs

Here you can see the piste map of Sierra Nevada Ski Resort, handy for checking the difficulty levels of the ski slopes, and also important information such as location of pharmacies, clinics, banks and more.

The Experience in Sierra Nevada

As soon as you step into Sierra Nevada village to get equipped for your day's skiing, you are overwhelmed by the amount of signs saying ´alquiler´ (ski hire) and ´escuelas´ (ski schools). Almost every rental company in the village offers ski and snowboard lessons with a variety of teachers.


As you might expect in a place of such beauty there are many excellent signposted and waymarked senderos (walks). Make sure you have a good map. Details of senderos, maps and walking guides are available in the Sierra's tourist offices and visitors' centres (see information).

Villages in Sierra Nevada

There are few villages on the higher ground in Sierra Nevada because of the severe weather, with strong icy winds and snow for some of the year. There are 25 villages in the park and about 10 dotted around the edge.

Things to see

Things to see around Sierra Nevada National Park include Jardín Botánico de La Cortijuela, Tibetan Monastery O Sel Ling, Balneario de Lanjarón and Villages of the Alpujarras.

Info Centres

In the western part of the park is El Dornajo, at Km 23 on the A395 road, 958 340 625. It has loads of information on the park, including an exhibition on the area's flora and fauna, hiking, where to stay, horse riding, cycle hire and paragliding. The centre sells guidebooks and maps on the park, some of which are available in English, and there is a shop selling locally produced cheese, ham and wine.

Hotels in Sierra Nevada park

Hotel and Hostel accomodation is found in villages located around the edge of the park. The most popular are those on the southern boundary, in the popular Alpujarras (Granada Province) such as Capileira, Bubion, Pampaneira, Trevéles, less visited Bérchules, Yegen, Valor, Laroles and less visited in the Almeria Alpujarras.


The park's plants are outstanding, with the highest number of endemic plant species in Europe. An impressive 2,100 different species of vascular plant, a quarter of those recorded in the whole of Spain, have been registered here, over 120 of them endangered. Around 70 plant species are only found in the Sierra Nevada, mainly in the higher areas, while 175 species are native to the Iberian Peninsula.

Fauna in Sierra Nevada park

The park's main draw for fauna is its rich birdlife, with over 60 species inhabiting the Sierra. Nesting birds of prey include golden eagles, Bonelli's eagles, peregrine falcons, griffon vultures and kestrels. On the higher slopes are Alpine accentors, black redstarts, northern wheateaters, rock thrushes, rock buntings, red-billed choughs and skylarks. In the woodland areas are hoopoes, short-toed treecreepers, green woodpeckers, coal tits, great tits, goldfinches and golden orioles.

Live Webcam Sierra Nevada

Looking at the webcam can be very useful for planning a Sierra Nevada stay, or for a day excursion to Sierra Nevada. You can check the weather conditions, the state of the ski slopes, in terms of snow cover, and see how crowded they are.