Sierra Nevada is the southernmost winter resort in Europe. It is one of the great attractions of Andalusia because, beyond skiing, the area is of great scenic value.
In recent years, many activities have also been promoted to ensure that it continues to be a reference point for nature tourism in summer. We show you what to do in Sierra Nevada.
What to do in Pradollano?
Pradollano is the highest village in Spain. It is located in the heart of the ski resort, so the question of what to see in Pradollano has a very obvious answer in winter and part of the spring: lots of snow. However, although its life is focused on winter activities, during the rest of the year it continues to be the place of origin for the practice of mountain sports.
On the other hand, as it’s not all about skiing and snowboarding, there are those who wonder where to eat in Pradollano. The options are varied: La Bodeguita Bar, El Club de la Montaña, La Antocha, La Muralla, Tito Tapas or Restaurante Little Morgan are some highly recommended options.
La Hoya de la Mora
Another essential visit in Sierra Nevada is the Hoya de la Mora, the best area to go with children. This enclave is the perfect place to answer the question of what to do in Sierra Nevada apart from skiing. It is located next to the A-395 road on the way to Pico Veleta and is a place that is best visited in spring or summer, as in winter it can be impassable due to the presence of snow.
What to see in Sierra Nevada in summer?
Already with the Hoya de la Mora the area gains an attraction that escapes the winter, which distances the resort from seasonal tourism. In any case, if you don’t know what to do in Sierra Nevada in summer, here are some suggestions. The hiking routes are very varied: the route to the Veleta, the Laguna de las Yeguas, the one that goes to the Ermita la Virgen de las Nieves… and many others.
Another possibility is to practice adventure sports, such as canyoning, rafting… or mountain biking. Paragliding is an activity that is becoming increasingly popular, as is the ascent of the Mulhacén and the rest of the peaks above 3,000 metres. And of course there is the option of visiting the Sierra Nevada with children and going to the Mirlo Blanco area or visiting the Hoya de Pedraza Botanical Garden.
How to get to Sierra Nevada from Malaga?
If you are in Malaga, the option of visiting the snow in Granada will only take you about two hours by car. The question is, how do you get to Sierra Nevada? The answer is easy, there are only two options. One is from inland, via the A-72 motorway through the mountain pass Las Pedrizas, where you will discover villages such as Loja, Alhama de Granada and Montefrío, and once in Granada city, take the A-395.
The second way to get to Sierra Nevada by car is to go south, along the coast, taking the A-7 to Motril and from there the A-44 through the Lecrín Valley. Then take the A-348 to Lanjarón and enter the Alpujarra, on the southern face of the Sierra Nevada.
Whichever option you choose, if your trip takes you to several locations, the best formula is to rent a car to have more flexibility in terms of time and movement.