The Sierra Nevada, meaning "snowy range" in Spanish, is a mountain range in the region of Andalucia in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain, Mulhacén at 3,479 m.
Adventure Holidays in the Sierra Nevada
Come sun or snow, the Sierra Nevada is the place to take a walk on the wild side. Europe’s second highest mountain range after the Alps, the Sierra Nevada is home to wild, rugged mountains, fertile valleys and forests of oak and chestnut. Just a few miles inland from the Costa del Sol you would be forgiven for thinking you were on a different planet. The area closest to the coast is Las Alpujarras, a rural landscape of terraced fields, rolling hills and orchards. Rising out of the foothills is the Sierra Nevada, the snow-capped range that towers above the surrounding country.
Mountain, rolling valley, oak forest - one thing is for sure, this is prime walking holiday territory. With its ancient villages, sublime views and remote isolation, the Sierra Nevada is the place to get away from it all.
Walking Holiday Highlights of the Sierra Nevada
1 Trek through Las Alpujarras
During the summer months, the hidden valleys of the Alpujurran foothills are alive with almond groves and fruit trees bearing figs, pomegranates and apricots. Whitewashed villages dot the hills between gushing streams and green gorges. This is ideal trekking holiday terrain covering some of Spain's most picturesque and traditional countryside.
2 Moorish magic
The area was one of the Moors last strongholds in Spain, and this lives on in the unique landscape and architecture. The terraced farmlands are irrigated by an ancient system of channels bringing down melting snow from the Nevada, creating a high-altitude oasis of greenery. The villages, clusters of boxed shaped houses with flat clay roofs, would look equally at home in Morocco with their traditional Berber architecture.
3 Summer in the Sierra Nevada
The Sierra Nevada comes alive in the summer. Wild flowers spring up beside the paths and tracks, the scent of wild herbs fill the air. Again, there remains much evidence of the way of life of the Moors, who were for centuries the masters of this part of Spain. Tiny villages cling to steep mountainsides; rugged, weather-beaten hamlets where life has carried on as it has done for centuries. Famous for their ham, there are pigs in places you would normally see a mountain goat. High above the Sierra, vultures and eagles keep a beady eye on what’s going on below.