|The Sierra Nevada was designated a national park in 1998|
Sierra Nevada National Park
There are two centros de visitantes (visitors' centres) for the park.
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. A café serves snacks and drinks. From El Dornajo there are superb views of the Genil valley and Güéjar Sierra.
Open daily 10am-2pm. From October to March it's also open 4pm-6pm and April to September, 6pm-8pm.
Láujar de Andarax visitors' centre is in the eastern part of the park, on the C332 at Km 1, 950 513 548. It has displays on a range of issues connected to the park, such as geology, flora and fauna, mining, history and water.
From April to September it's open Thursday to Sunday and public holidays 10.30am-2.30pm and 6pm-8pm. The rest of the year it's open Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 10.30am-2.30pm and 4pm-6pm.
Also in the east is the Puerto de la Ragua information point on the A337 at Km 11.6 by a picnic area of the same name. In the Alpujarras there is an information point in Pampaneira village. Or try the tourist offices (turismos) in Granada and Almeria provinical capitals or the local turismos of villages and towns in the Sierra.