Must-Visit Attractions in Spain’s Sierra Nevada

The mountain landscape of Spain's Sierra Nevada offers many exciting attractions
The mountain landscape of Spain's Sierra Nevada offers many exciting attractions | © Jürgen Feuerer / Alamy Stock Photo
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14 September 2020

Located just outside the beautiful city of Granada and covering over 850sqkm (328sqmi), the Sierra Nevada is Spain’s largest natural park. Read on for our pick of must-visit attractions in this stunning protected area.

Cumbres Verdes

Natural Feature, $$$

Near the small town of Dilar, about a 20-minute drive from Granada, is the Sierra Nevada’s Cumbres Verdes region. Its many cycling and trekking tracks are lined with attractive picnic areas, while the Zerbinetta Hotel is one of the best tapas-and-drinks spots.

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La Fuente del Hervidero

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish
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If you’re exploring the Cumbres Verdes region, make sure you stop in at La Fuente del Hervidero, a rustic restaurant at the beginning of the track that leads to Trevenque’s summit. It has a huge outside terrace – the perfect spot for a post-trek beer and some carb-packed tapas.

Night skiing

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Skiers in the Borreguiles area of the Sierra Nevada ski slopes, Granada, Andalusia, Spain
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On Thursday and Saturday nights, you can go night skiing on six km of floodlit piste that are open between the Borreguiles and Pradollano resorts. Before setting off, night skiers are given a free cup of soup to enjoy in front of a massive bonfire at Borreguiles.


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Spain, Andalusia, Antequera, Alcazaba and Pennon de los Enamorados (Mount of lovers)
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Though smaller than Veleta and Mulhacén, the 3,371m (11,059ft) Mount Alcazaba is the least trekked of the three peaks. It lies to the east of both, in one of the park’s most rugged and isolated areas, requiring at least a 20km (12mi) mission to the summit. The track starts above Capileira.


The Sierra Nevada is home to the largest population of endemic plant species in Europe: of the more than 2,000 species that grow here, 70 are found nowhere else on Earth. Particularly beautiful is the Nevada violet, which is easily spotted on the park’s barren, rocky landscapes.


One of the most moving experiences to be enjoyed in the Sierra Nevada is spotting members of the species that call it home. These include the nimble Spanish ibex, wild boar, badgers, and wildcats. Golden and Bonelli’s eagles can also be seen soaring above the wilderness.

These recommendations were updated on September 14, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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