Hotels in Sierra Nevada Ski Resort
The Sierra Nevada mountain range is just 32 km from Granada city, and it takes about 50 minutes to drive from the city to the ski resort. The ski season is from late November to late April, as the resort uses snow machines to support the natural snow fall with artificially-made snow. It’s the highest and most southerly ski resort in the whole of Spain and has more than 75 pistes over 2,500 metres. The highest summit in the Sierra Nevada is Mulhacén, at 3.482 metres.
As Andalucia has a high percentage of sunshine hours, you can get a tan while you ski, or even soak up the sun on a restaurant or hotel terrace. The whole of the Sierra Nevada National Park is an area of outstanding beauty, of which parts have also been declared a biosphere reserve. Within the mountain range, the Sierra Nevada villages which cling to the mountain with whitewashed walls and narrow streets.
When wanting to stay in the area for skiing or hiking, there is an excellent choice of Sierra Nevada Hotels. Accommodation comes in all types from five-star to one-star, aparthotels to spa hotels and long or short-term ski apartment rentals in the resort or in Sierra Nevada villages. There are also luxurious ski-in, ski-out spa hotels within the ski village itself, as well as family-friendly hotels which are not too close to the buzzing bars. In addition, you have the budget option of hostels in the Sierra Nevada resort.
There are two main areas in Sierra Nevada: Borreguiles has the ski schools, cable car stations and main ski lifts, while Pradollano is the ski village, with hotels, restaurants, shops and holiday apartments. Parking is at a premium though, so check availability when you rent your apartment, and don't forget to drive with chains on your tyres. As for 'après ski', from small intimate tapas bars to larger, international restaurants, the Sierra Nevada caters for all budgets and culinary tastes.
At the higher end of the accommodation, El Lodge is a stylish spa hotel with a hip terrace located in the higher part of Pradollano, at 2,300m. It is managed by the same team as Puente Romano LINK, the glamorous beach resort in Marbella.
Maribel, located opposite, is a smaller sister hotel, with an intimate chalet feel. It is for adults only.
Both are ski-in. ski-out hotels when there is enough snow on the lower slopes. They also have on-site ski hire and their own ski school. In addition, El Lodge has a heated outdoor pool, and the Mirabel a small indoor pool and outdoor hot tub.