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.
It is a popular tourist destination, as its high peaks make skiing possible in Europe's most southern ski resort in an area along the Mediterranean Sea predominantly known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine, check it on these Sierra Nevada webcams. At its foothills is found the city of Granada and, a little farther, Málaga and Almería. We recommend you booking a transfer to Sierra Nevada to get there in less than 2 hours.
Parts of the range have been included in the Sierra Nevada National Park. The range has also been declared a biosphere reserve. The Sierra Nevada Observatory is located on the northern slopes at 2800m.
The Sierra Nevada were formed during the Alpine Orogeny, a mountain-building event that also formed the European Alps to the east and the Atlas Mountains of northern Africa across the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The Sierra as observed today formed during the Tertiary Period (65 to 1.8 million years ago) from the collision of the African and Eurasian continental plates.
If you decide to spend your holidays in Sierra Nevada you should book in advance your Sierra Nevada hotel or apartment in Sierra Nevada, as well as the ski lessons and equipment rental that you will need.