Only 2 hours drive from Marbella you’ll find another paradise on earth called Sierra Nevada, where instead of sun and beach you’ll have sun and snow with Mediterranean light.
Often defined as “the Marbella with snow” for their similarities in way of life and offerings to the visitors, it’s the further South skiing resort in Europe and it’s well worth paying a visit to, if you’re around Andalucia, inland or coast, as it’s very easy to reach, only 30 minutes from Granada town centre and 1 and half hour from Malaga Airport.
It looks like any Northern European skiing resort: mountains covered in snow, houses with pointed roofs and skiers walking about but as soon as you get in the life of it, you’ll soon see it’s all very Mediterranean: the big smiles, the light and colours, the relaxed atmosphere and the typical Andalusian food all over.
Weather you’re a skier or a snowboard lover, you’ll enjoy the over 100km of slopes with modern lifts for all levels and kinds, from the very easy GREEN to the most respected BLACKS, the majority being REDS, with kids areas for both playing and practicing as well as rest areas with sunny terraces to chill out and amazing views all over.
You can rent all the gear from one of the many shops around the resort, top quality and unbeatable prices.
If your holiday is a family one, you can leave kids in a ski school for a couple of hours where they’ll learn the basics or improve the technique while you enjoy a bit of time on your own, discovering the area.
With a heigh of nearly 3.500 metres, the most experienced skiers can reach the top of Veleta mountain and on clear days you can admire the 360º views over Granada valley and the Mediterranean Tropical Coast towards Africa on the other side, or a sea of clouds on not so clear days, whichever, a unique authentic experience not to be missed.
And when the slopes and lifts close there are many activities you’ll enjoy: the always loved shopping with many boutiques to choose from all around the main town square to keep up to date with the latest fashion trends while skiing or for the apreski, an afternoon at the SPA maybe together with a massage in a 5* hotel, an aperitif in one of the many sunny terraces with views all over the resort or a nice hot chocolate maybe with the typical churros.
And when the sun goes down a drink or two in one of the many fashionable bars, a few tapas with beer or wine in one of the Andalucian bars or dinner in one of the many restaurants with mountain cousine, as you’ll see the gastronomic offer is very wide and top quality.
Restaurants we recommend: La Muralla, Taberna Casablanca, La Antorcha
If one of your group is a non skier there are plenty relaxing activities to fill the day: walking, sunbathing or simply chilling by “dolce far niente”
We recommend 3 to 5 days to enjoy Sierra Nevada to the fullest, ideally before or after your Marbella stay, however, if you can only get up for a day, then leave early in the morning as the slopes open at 9am.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch for any extra info, comments, advice or a chat.
With love from the slopes