SIERRA NEVADA SKI RESORT
The Ski resort of Sierra Nevada is located in the municipal term of Monachil, only 25 minutes to Granada by car.
Sierra Nevada is paradise for snow lovers. The main ski resort of the south of Europe, where there are more days of sun per year, is the perfect place to practice all the white sports.
The quality of the facilities and services, next to its animated atmosphere, make of the resort a point of contact for snow lovers, it has an international level recognition as it demonstrates the numerous ski competitions that hosts.
During the day, it is possible to enjoy the enormous variety of sports and snow activities and, at night, the diversion is assured: nocturnal ski, tapas and glasses next to the track, concerts, restaurants, discos, etc.
THE MOUNTAIN RANGE OF THE SUN
Many visitors to Granada are surprised that in Andalusia, famous for its abundant beaches, one can also ski. Not just that, but Sierra Nevada is now one of the best winter resorts in Spain.
The Mulhacén peak, the highest on the Iberian peninsula, rises up to 3,478 metres, an altitude which guarantees abundant, top quality snow despite the fact that Sierra Nevada is Europe’s most southern ski resort.
The mountains the Muslims of Al-Andalus fell in love with, back stage of the most beautiful stamps of Granada, called “Mountain range of the Sun” at medieval time, locked up between their snow-white summits and their rivers and forests, the beauty of a territory where the nature is in all its splendour. Towns full of enchantment, between the monumental city of Granada and the imposing massif of Sierra Nevada; a National Park that welcomes the greatest number of vegetal endemic species of Europe; and a modern ski resort, with as much sun as snow, that has become the best Spanish reference for the practice of the winter sports.
Sierra Nevada is communicated perfectly through the A-395 motorway that links Granada and the ski resort of Pradollano with a 32 kilometres journey, a wide road and smooth slopes.
The A-92 motorway, main artery of the Andalusian communications, facilitates the access from any point of the region, connecting with the road network of the rest of the Peninsula.
From the Mediterranean coast and Jaén, the A-44 leads to Granada and the motorway that ascends towards Sierra Nevada.
TOWNS AND LANDSCAPES
The towns of the region of Sierra Nevada are immersed in the environment and conserve all the flavour of the tradition, with the attractive point to be halfway between the city of Granada and the summits of Sierra Nevada.
Rivers and canals cross the towns of the region, where the silence can be breathed, suitable to enjoy the quietness and the rest in a familiar and cosy atmosphere.
Marked by the fertile landscape of the Fertile plain of Granada, forming a beautiful postcard with the natural watchtower of Sierra Nevada, their history has always been bound to the one of the city of Granada. Many of these towns go back to Islamic farmhouses dependent of the capital, dedicated to the agriculture and the production of silk. The Muslim track is reflected in the network of canals that collect the waters of the thaw of the Sierra Nevada summits to take them until the Fertile plain, the wisest way to take advantage of so appreciated resource.
A GREAT BIODIVERSITY
In Sierra Nevada there are more than 60 species of birds and about 80 endemic insects. In high mountain levels, the kingdom of the Ibex, weasels and common and nival moles inhabit. Birds like the leonado vulture, the alpine acentor or colirrojo tizón can be contemplated. In escarpments inhabits the chova pitirroja, whereas the rocks and edges are visited by the majestic royal eagle to hunt. Foxes, weasels and nocturnal animals as the badger or the gineta populate the mountain.
It houses the greatest number of endemic vegetal species of Europe and all the Mediterranean region, being turning this way into one of the world-wide places of great biological diversity. It has almost 30% of the flora of the Iberian Peninsula in the 0, 4 of its territory, and 7% of the flora of the Mediterranean region in an extension that is inferior to the 0, 01%. In certain ecological niches, like gravel pits, rocky edges and roquedos, the percentage of endemic species rises until 80%. With a flora stratified in altitude, predominating the Mediterranean forest of high mountain, Sierra Nevada houses more than 2,100 catalogued species of the 8,000 of all the Peninsula; 175 Iberian endemic species and 65 native species of Sierra Nevada, most of them in high mountain levels, as the star of snows, the poppy, the violet and manzanilla of Sierra Nevada.
The origins of this rich vegetation go back to the freezing of the Quaternary period, when the European vegetation retired to lower latitudes, arriving at Sierra Nevada species from the north of the continent. Later, due to the isolation of the area, new species arose that increased the number of endemic species. The great amount of types present in the ecosystems of Sierra Nevada allows the existence of a rich and varied fauna. The forests are the habitat of birds, carnivorous mammals and reptiles.
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