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Sierra Nevada Resort Overview

Perched at an impressive 2,100m with the highest ski lift hitting 3,300m, Sierra Nevada is Europe’s southernmost ski resort. It’s located amidst the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range, offering 110km of diverse, skiable terrain. 

Built in the 1960s, the resort exudes a charming, traditional Spanish character, boasting a range of ski-in-ski-out accommodation options, from modern apartments to cosy chalets. Thanks to its high altitude, Sierra Nevada enjoys an abundance of snow throughout the ski season, which usually spans from late November to early May.

Skiing in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada offers a fantastic skiing experience for all abilities. The resort has two lift pass options: a beginner’s ski pass, ideal for those new to the sport, and a full Sierra Nevada ski pass granting access to the resort’s 21 lifts and 110km of pistes.

Sierra Nevada has numerous gentle slopes perfect for beginners. For the intermediate skiers, there are countless red runs to explore, offering stunning views of the Spanish countryside. We recommend testing your skills on the Rio and Monachil runs.

For the advanced skiers, Sierra Nevada offers an exhilarating skiing experience with its steep, challenging black runs. We suggest heading to the Laguna and Veleta peaks for a thrilling ski adventure. The resort also boasts a fantastic snowpark, the Sulayr Superpark, featuring rails, jumps and a half-pipe for freestyle enthusiasts.

Is Sierra Nevada Family-friendly?

Sierra Nevada is a family-friendly ski resort with a variety of amenities. The resort features a range of ski-in-ski-out accommodation and offers discounts for children under 12. There are numerous family-friendly restaurants, as well as a leisure centre with a pool, a cinema, an ice rink and a toboggan run.

Après-Ski Scene in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada has a vibrant après-ski scene with plenty of bars, shops and restaurants to explore. The resort has over 30 bars where you can enjoy lively music, dance performances and much more. 

El Lodge is a popular après-ski spot known for its sun-soaked terrace and live music. For late-night revellers, Disco Pub Jaleo is the place to be, keeping the party going until the early hours.

Dining in Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada is home to a variety of excellent dining options. In the resort, La Bodega offers a sumptuous menu featuring traditional Spanish tapas, while La Muralla serves Andalusian specialities in a cosy setting. For a memorable dining experience, we recommend El Lodge – it offers a gourmet menu, an extensive wine list and stunning mountain views.

How to Get to Sierra Nevada 

The best way to reach Sierra Nevada from the UK is by flying into one of the three closest airports: Malaga Airport (2h transfer), Granada Airport (45m transfer), or Almeria Airport (2h30m transfer). If you’re driving from Malaga or Granada, there is ample parking available at the resort.

Sierra Nevada Insider Tips

  • Enjoy a drink at the El Lodge Bar, known for its cosy atmosphere and impressive cocktail list.
  • The only modes of transport in the resort are skiing, walking, or chairlift.  
  • Try the local wines at The Wine Bar, which boasts an extensive list of Spanish wines. 
  • Head to the top of the Veleta Peak and enjoy a drink at the El Veleta Restaurant, the highest bar/restaurant in Sierra Nevada!


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