Sierra Nevada is one of the most popular ski resorts in southern Europe and is located in the stunning mountains of Granada, Southern Spain. There are 131 different Ski routes to choose from to help cater for all Ski or Snowboard levels. The highest point of Sierra Nevada is called Mulhacen and is 3.479 metres above ground level. The average temperature in Sierra Nevada is around minus 2 degrees celsius and is considered mild compared to other Ski resorts around the world. The Ski season normally begins in November and goes on until end of March. One of the great things about Sierra Nevada is that it caters for everyone’s needs with great after-ski! The Ski Village offers a wide selection of different restaurants, high street shops, ski equipment hire centres and hotels. Sierra Nevada is only 30 minutes drive from the historical city centre of Granada where the world famous La Alhambra is located.
The magnificent, World famous La Alhambra is set in the hills of Granada next to the river Darro, which is protected by mountains and surrounded by forest. The Alhambra was designed to have a castle-fortress feel with reddish/golden colours in its walls. The purpose of this was to avoid bringing any unwanted attention from possible exterior threats whilst hiding the beauty of its interior. The Alhambra was originally designed as a military zone but then became the royal residence for Granada in the mid-13th century after the establishment of the Nasrid Kingdom and the construction of the first palace by King Mohammed Ben Nasr, better known as Alhamar. The word “Alhambra” means “Red Castle” in Arabic but became a Christian court in 1492 when the Catholic Monarchs conquered Granada. Shortly after this several structures were built to house citizens, military and a number of churches were built. La Alhambra is definitely a must see when visiting Andalucia !!!