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Sierra Nevada and the Alpujarras: the other side of Andalucia


                                    



Spain

Andalucia is for almost every visitor the region where to find Flamenco Bars, Fiestas, beaches, the Alhambra, Sherry and endless waves of hillls in the hot sun. But just an hour drive from Granada or the Mediterranean Sea the mountains of the Sierra Nevada rise to almost 3.500m, offering cool air, lush vegetation, snow covered peaks and fantastic hikes.
General Information
Weather
Maps
 
Travel Information
How to get there
Travelling in the area
Accommodation
Activities
Hiking 


Specials
Things you shouldn't miss...
Things you shouldn't do...
 

General Information

Weather
- Yahoo! Weather for Sierra Nevada
- Intellicast Forecast for Granada

Maps
- Area Map for the Alpujarras from Cortijo Andalucia
- Satellite Map of Andalucia from National Geographic
- Map of Bubion and Capileira in the Alpujarras (1:150.000) from multimap
- Map of Guejar Sierra and Prado Llano, Sierra Nevada (1:150.000) from multimap
- Sierra Nevada National Park Map (1:50.000) for both Tours (188k)
- Map (1:50.000) (68k) of the tour to the Pico de Veleta
- Map (1:50.000) (28k) of the tour to the Laguna de la Caldera

Travel Information

How to get there
Sierra Nevada (northern part of the mountain range) and Alpujarras (southern part) are both accessed easily from Granada. Bus Services operate on a regular basis to Prado Llano (seasonal) and Lanjaron. For more information, check out the links below.
- lasalpujarras.com
- Travel information by andalucia.com

Travelling in the area
The local public transport system is rather nonexistent, if you want to access rather remote areas, you will have to rely on a car or - on your feet. But in general, the important villages are linked by bus lines, e.g. Trevelez and Pampaneira and Lanjaron.

Accommodation
In the skiing area and around Guejar Sierra you won't have difficulties to find a hotel. In the Alpujarras, only the bigger villages have hotels which are open all year round. Very recommendable is the
Villa Turistica in Bubion - beautiful little village with houses for each group including a kitchen, living room, balcony or terrace. And the breakfast was the best I ever got in a hotel in Spain! Besides, Bubion, the neighbouring villages and Trevelez are the most important starting points for hikers in the Alpujarras, so Bubion is a very good base for your activitites anyway.
- Villa Turistica, Bubion

Activities
The Sierra Nevada mountain range is in winter time of course mainly used for skiing, as it is the only area in southern Spain were you will find snow from November till February. But during summer the Sierra Nevada and the Alpujarras are the perfect region for lots of outdoor activities, such as mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking, watersports and, of course, hiking.

Hiking
Hiking is possible at every difficulty level - and will eventually have mountaineering aspects if you wish. You can stay in the mountains for a week, hiking and trekking from summit to summit in the highest regions of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. For the weekend, you can cross the range from north to south via Veleta and Mulhacen, the highest mountain in continental Spain. And you can do some forest walks or day trips to selected mountains. No matter what you do, the Sierra allows you to cool down and relax during the hot summer months. And until late June you will find plenty of snow above 3.000m, a cooling joy on its own.
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Tour: From Prado Llano to the Pico de Veleta, 3.394m
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Tour: From Capileira to the Laguna de la Caldera, 3.020m
- Information Flyer of the National Park Administration (166k)

Specials

...things you shouldn't miss!
Try the local cooking, which differs a lot from the typical andalucian cooking. Especially the villages in the Alpujarras will offer lamb, trout, jamon and very nice local white wines.

...things you shouldn't do!
Don't forget to bring adequate gear for your trip and let the National Park Rangers know where you are heading. And get yourself a reliable map if you wish to leave the roads and marked trails. And if you come to the Alpujarras via Lanjaron, don't stop there or anywhere in the lower parts of the valley, this could make you turn around and miss wonderful, more hidden places like Capileira or Trevelez!

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