Would you like to make a contrasting escape from your daily routine? Do you want to paint your holiday experience with colourful aquarelle? Are you searching for a way to discover those long-waited memories that willeventually become the best part of your photo album? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you should certainly start considering booking a holiday in Spain’s own Sierra Nevada. In fact, if you answered “No”, then you are just probably not the biggest fan of cheesy introductions and should still consider this unique resort. You may ask “what is so unique about it?”. A completely fair question, the answer to which you are about to find out.
Sierra Nevada is a mountain range located near Granada – the cultural epicentre of Southern Spain. Granada has been and continues to be one of the top tourist destinations in Spain due to its rich history, ancient castles and a unique culture. The easiest way to get to Sierra Nevada is to take a direct flight to Granada and then hit the road for another hour to get on top of the closest mountain range. TheSierra Nevada mountain range contains the point of Continental Spain and Europe which is third in altitudeonly to the Caucasus Mountains and The Alps. In the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range you will find the greatly developed and sheltered winter town, accommodating the Sierra Nevada ski resort. The town itself is a very pleasant place to be in, with intimate winter lights, cozy houses and a multitude of high end restaurants with outstanding cuisines.
Now, having made this brief introduction of the place, I would like to briefly tell you about what expects you during your stay in Sierra Nevada and will provide some tips on essential things such as equipment renting, buying skiing passes and local entertainment. I will also try to provide some pictures to help you create an image of the place.
As you arrive to Sierra Nevada, you will need to find parking for your vehicle, which is usually an easy task. From personal experience, the best place to leave your car will be the main square (plaza).
Upon your arrival, you may wish to go straight into skiing. In this case, you will want to walk towards the ticket sales area and buy yourself a skiing pass. Of course, the following step should be renting the equipment. This can be done literally anywhere around the central plaza; however, I do have a recommendation for you if you are a snowboarder. From personal experience, the best snowboards, well, all equipment in general, can be rented at “Inter Sport”.
The slopes are open from early morning to 5pm, which I will touch upon later on. So, you got your ticket passes, rented your equipment and are all set for a fun day on the slopes. There are several cabins that will take you up the mountain and the closest one is called “Telecabina Al-Andalus”. You can use your day skiing passes on all of the ski lifts. By clicking on this link, you will find all the essential information about ski lifts and slopes.
The most important thing with regard to ski lifts is their closing times, as they are open strictly until 5pm, meaning that the last cabin departs at 4:45pm. If you want to take a ski lift down, then you will want to be at the cabin promptly. However, a more fun option would be to ski down to the town, which is also completely fine.
If you are on a holiday with children, there are various skiing schools that will teach your kid how to ski in a couple of days on the special slopes for children and learners.
After a long day at the slopes, what is a better way to relax than drinking a hot drink? Right at the entrance to the slopes, you will find a chocolatier, which will serve you with a wide range of delicious hot chocolate flavours. Since we have started to speak about food, I must add that there are some wonderful restaurants in Sierra Nevada, in particular “Little Morgan”, which serves great fondues and “El Club de La Montana”- a great place for dinners. When it comes to having breakfast or lunch, I would highly recommend “Crescendo” and “La Visera”, which offers a magnificent view of the mountain range. By following this link, you can navigate through the top restaurants in Sierra Nevada.
Hotels in Sierra Nevada live up to the high standards of the whole resort and hence may come in a little bit pricy. An alternative to booking a hotel will be looking for a short-term rental, which is very common in Sierra Nevada. Granada city only 20 km awayand booking a place there is likely to save you some bucks, especially if you are travelling with friends or family. You would have to wake up a bit earlier to get to the slopes in the morning, but staying in Granada centre also opens up a wide range of options for evening entertainment, restaurants, spas, etc. Click onto this link for visualizing Granada´s apartments Rafleys offers for rent. Taking all of these point into consideration, you have probably understood that Sierra Nevada is a great idea for a winter vacation with your family and friends.