As the annual World Snow Day is coming up on Jan 21th we thought we’d say something about the other side of living in Spain, the one not involving sun and beaches. This time of the year is a good time to visit Sierra Nevada, the most southern ski resort in Europe, located in Andalucia. Sierra Nevada actually translates to “snowy mountain range”. The highest peak, Mulhacen, is 3480 m over sea level – not bad for skiing, and now is the season to do it! The average temperatures in January are around between +0.3 C high and -3 C low.
And even if you’re not into skiing, there are many other activities to enjoy, many aimed at families and children. Obvious activities are of course ice-skating, snow-racket walks and sleighing, but you can even go horseback riding. World Snow Day is part of the international FIS campaign “Bring children to the snow” and in Sierra Nevada the Andalucia Cup for kids takes place that weekend.
So how to get to this snowy paradise? The most convenient airport is Granada, from where there are buses, trains and car-hires available. By car the drive is around 50 minutes from Granada. If you fly to Malaga the drive is around 2 hours, and from Seville around 3 hours. Just be sure to check the weather forecasts before you drive up there this time of year!
There are obviously an abundance of different types of accommodation available, for all types of preferences and budgets. A great resort we like is El Lodge, where apart from enjoying the luxury of a spa and great food, you can also book dogsledding tours!
Happy snow-season, see you in the slopes!