In today’s post we want to tell you about a place very different from the rest of this blog. Whether you have thought about your vacation on the coast or if you are going to travel to the interior, pay close attention. Today we are going to talk about mountain, snow and winter sports. And of course, we will offer you the best service in your transfer from Malaga airport to Sierra Nevada.
Sierra Nevada is a unique site, one of the highest mountain ranges in Spain. It is located behind the city of Granada. Ideal for your holidays because of its proximity to the rest of the capitals, and only an hour and a half from the beach. If you are one of those who like adventure, the mountain, and try new experiences, this post is dedicated to you.
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Sierra Nevada is a mountainous system belonging to the Betic system, located in Granada. In it is the highest peak of the Iberian peninsula, the Mulhacén. In 1999 it was declared mostly Natural Park, for its richness in fauna, flora and landscape.
Before telling you all that this majestic mountain can offer, we tell you a little about its history.
A brief history of the Sierra Nevada
Already since the first century, there are mentions to this mountain in some writings. Throughout time it has been known by different names such as Mountain of the Sun, Mountain of the Air and Sun or Mountain of the Frost. From the 18th century it was baptized with the current name of Sierra Nevada.
Famous authors such as Washington Irving or Gerald Brenan dedicated entire works to this natural site, its beauty and the city of Granada. They also made the region of the Alpujarra known to the world. A group of small towns scattered among the mountain that harbour a unique beauty.
The ski resort of Sierra Nevada, accessible from the town of Pradollano, began to be created in the 60s. The boom of tourism in Spain led to the creation of alternative activities for people looking for another type of vacation. In it, there have been numerous tests of the World Cup of alpine skiing or winter games.
Sierra Nevada weather
Sierra Nevada is the most representative example of Mediterranean high mountain ecosystems. The conditions that determine the enormous climatic diversity in Sierra Nevada are its altitudinal amplitude, latitude, and complex terrain topography.
Below 1500 meters the average annual temperature is between 12 and 16 degrees, in Pradollano (2500 meters) between 8 and 4 degrees and from 3000 meters is less than 0. In winter the precipitation is almost exclusively in the form of snow from a certain height. The rainiest months are between November and February. If you decide to go just after these months you will find the ski slopes in their best condition and views that will leave you open-mouthed.
What to do in Sierra Nevada?
In this section, we show you some ideas to spend a day in Sierra Nevada. This magical place is not only focused on sports and snow. It is rich in gastronomy, landscape richness, culture and tradition.
Visit the villages of La Alpujarra
La Alpujarra is a whole region of villages located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The name comes from the Arabic Al Busherat which means Grassland or Land of pastures.
The region consists mainly of a series of valleys and ravines that descend from the summits of Sierra Nevada, in the north. It is a space of great beauty and contrast of landscapes. The Alpujarra has a high degree of fertility, so in spring the views are a range of colours.
We could dedicate an entire post to these people, and we will do so in the future. However, we offer a summary of some of the most famous in terms of tourism.
The largest cities in the region are Órgiva, Ugíjar, Cádiar, Berja and Trevélez. The three white villages in the Poqueira river gorge are the towns of Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira, and have been recognized as important tourist destinations. These towns are characterized by the arrangement of their houses, in a stacked way, due to the stepped geographical space where they are located, and to their warmth.
The activities offered by these towns are endless. Each one has its traditions and festivities. You can do mountain sports, relax in Arab baths, take a walk through its streets with Andalusian spirit or enjoy excursions in the countryside.
It is the only town inhabited by the Sierra Nevada ski resort. It is located in the southeastern part of the plain of Granada.
A town totally focused on tourism. In high season it receives 14,000 visitors a day and has more than 4,500 hotel beds. However, it is a charming town, and worthy of photography.
The town was founded at the same time as the ski resort. So it is logical is totally focused on tourism. In it, we can find hotels, restaurants, banks, rental of equipment for the snow and numerous shops. In addition, the town annually organizes activities such as concerts, parties and sporting events. The best time to go is from February to May.
Skiing in Sierra Nevada
The ski resort of Sierra Nevada is the highest altitude in Spain. It is only 27km from the city of Granada and the road is good. In any case, do not worry because MalagaCabbie offers transfer from Malaga airport to Sierra Nevada, or from any town on the Malaga and Granada coast.
It has more than 100 kilometres of tracks, of different difficulty levels. Anyone with the desire to ski can do so since you will have guided classes and rental equipment. And if you still do not trust, you can always descend by sledge!
The ski station does not only offer snow sports activities. It also makes camps for the little ones, nocturnal outings to see the stars, excursions, ascents to the Mulhacén peak and endless events focused on the tourist leisure.
A route through Los Cahorros
The hanging bridges of the Cahorros route can be a great option for a long walk with the whole family, located in the small town of Monachil, only 8 kilometres from the centre of Granada. Despite its proximity, it remains a relatively unknown place for many tourists.
The route follows the course of the river through a limestone gorge. If you visit it in the spring, you will have views of great beauty and richness of flora and fauna. Although remember your waterproof boots and swimsuit since in some parts you will have to get wet.
The route has several roads, and it is very easy to make for all kinds of people. However, the most adventurous will have to crawl, climb and cross beautiful hanging bridges to discover what this special route hides, as well as its incredible views, waterfalls, natural pools made of rock, caves and narrow tunnels.
The Monachil river, through which the route runs, has its origin in Veleta, one of the highest peaks in Spain. So its water is pure and crystal clear.
Fly over the area in paragliding
Another option for the most daring is the flight in paragliding or tandem. Throughout Sierra Nevada you will find several companies dedicated to these activities and with very affordable prices.
We strongly recommend leaving fear at home and launching into this adventure. You will enjoy views that you will never repeat. Fly over mountains, rivers, valleys and villages. You can see Granada and the Alhambra under the protection of the Sierra Nevada from a bird’s eye view. An activity of pure adrenaline that will make you feel love for this land.
In short, Sierra Nevada offers activities of all kinds, from a few quiet days in a lost town to extreme adventure sports. You can go with family or friends and everyone will enjoy. A place with a lot of history in which I would lose again and again.
Gastronomy of the Sierra Nevada
When we talk about the gastronomy in Sierra Nevada, we are talking about the typical food of La Alpujarra. Famous throughout the country, based on the Mediterranean diet and fresh food from the land.
Alpujarra gastronomy is based on agricultural products, livestock and the abundant edible and condiment plants that occur in the area. The dishes are influenced by cuisines of different cultures due to the historical richness of the area. It is a mixture of Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine with a personal touch of the villages in the area. Formerly in all the houses one or two pigs were raised for their later killing and family consumption. They are elaborated in an artisanal way, the loin in a pot, the blood sausage, the sausage, the ham, etc.
These are some of the most typical dishes that you should try if you visit the area. They are known as “The Alpujarra dishes”
La Olla de San Antón
It is a dish made with rice, black pudding and what the people of Granada call “pringá”. This hypercaloric stew mixes the broth with dried beans, beans or rice and a lot of pork, which is known to take advantage of pigs until the walk, to make a ‘light’ recipe with which to put an end to Christmas excess.
Gazpacho with potato omelette
In this area, the consumption of cold soups is very typical. Made with a mixture of olive oil, vinegar and raw vegetables: usually tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions and garlic, you should also bring bread. It is usually served fresh in the hot summer months.
This dish combines perfectly with a potato omelette typical of Spain. A simple but exquisite dish without a doubt. It will open your appetite just thinking about it.
“Migas” and “Gachas”
The “migas alpujarreñas” is a typical dish of the Alpujarra made with semolina flour. It is one of the best-known recipes in the area.
To make it, fry the semolina flour in a frying pan together with garlic, green peppers, bacon, water and salt. Its elaboration is laborious since they are constantly stirred so that it remains with good texture. The crumbs are always eaten with other foods so that they are not so heavy. They are very rich with fruit like grape or pomegranate, with sardines or with a fresh salad.
“Las gachas”is another dish made from flour, but more watery. There are hundreds of recipes, sweet and salty however I will take it to the personal land and I will tell you about what my grandmother used to prepare me in childhood.
It is a simple dish, but if it is made well it is delicious. The flour is boiled with milk until it is like a paste, it is accompanied by a lot of sugar, nuts and pieces of bread. I would not know how to explain it but it has a special charm, I recommend you try it for dessert.
Do not forget to hire your transfer from Malaga airport to Sierra Nevada, we will be waiting for you
If we have convinced you and you have decided to leave the beach for a few days, we promise that Sierra Nevada will not disappoint you. The transfer from Malaga airport to Sierra Nevada is very convenient as we have a highway for the entire trip. If you want to know how to get from Malaga to Sierra Nevada, we tell you the options.
Train from the airport to Sierra Nevada
There is not a train that links directly from Malaga to the mountain. However, you can take a train at the Maria Zambrano station that takes you to the centre of the city of Granada. And from there, buy a bus ticket that will take you to Pradollano. There are trips throughout the year and with numerous schedules, however, we recommend you book it in advance.
Trip by bus
In Malaga, you can hire organized trips through a variety of agencies that will take you by bus to the mountains. The advantage of these trips is that they already prepare some of the activities or bonuses for skiing, so you will not have to worry about anything else.
Rental taxi or car
Finally, the most convenient option is to hire a transfer from Malaga airport to Sierra Nevada by taxi, or a car hire. This option is somewhat more expensive, but will not depend on schedules or luggage problems. It is the most comfortable option for travelling as a family. In MalagaCabbie we offer you a list of prices, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
This is all we had to tell you, as always the rest of the adventure we leave it in your hands. We hope you enjoyed the post and your vacation. If you want you can leave us in the comments your own experience. Happy vacation traveller!