Andalusia has it all – Skiing in Sierra Nevada!
The sweet summertime is over, but that does not mean the adventures have to end. Now the ski season is here, and one of the many advantages of renting or buying a property on the Costa del Sol is that you can be on the slopes in less than two hours!
Everything is possible in Andalusia
Andalucía has everything: beautiful beaches, fantastic marinas, mountains, white-washed villages, Unesco World Heritage Sites, Caminito del Rey, historical cathedrals, exclusive golf courses, endless shopping possibilities, 325 days of sunshine, and the southernmost ski resort in Europe.
Get ready! The Sierra Nevada ski resort opened on the 25th of November.
You might not think of Southern of Spain when you think of skiing in the winter, but everything is possible in Andalusia! Sierra Nevada ski resort opened on the 25th of November this year and is expected to close around April 2023. So pack your bags, put your ski glasses on and get ready for skiing in the sun Mojo-style!
Sierra Nevada in Granada
The Sierra Nevada ski resort is in Granada, less than one and a half hours from Málaga. If you have never been, Granada is a must if you are going to ski in Sierra Nevada. The city is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is known for its medieval architecture, whereof the most famous piece of architecture is the Alhambra which is protected by the Unesco World Heritage. No wonder, since it is the most visited monument in Granada – even in all of Spain.
Sierra Nevada belongs to the third highest mountain range in Europe, which peaks are the highest in the Iberian Peninsula, with more than 20 mountain peaks above 3000 meters altitude. In addition, Sierra Nevada has 105 new state-of-the-art cannons this ski season, so in total there are 315 new units of high energy efficiency and great capacity for snow production in marginal conditions. In other words, what every ski-lover dreams of!
How to plan the perfect trip to Sierra Nevada
Get inspired by Jacob Johansen, co-founder of Mojo, on how to fully exploit the opportunities that Costa del Sol provides the Mojo-way. Check out where to go and how to ensure an awesome weekend trip to Sierra Nevada in the video in the top or follow the steps below.
A morning dip in Nerja
If you want to explore and experience as much as possible on your way to Sierra Nevada, do as Jacob! Get up early so you can be one of the first on the white fluffy slopes. Take the car along the old coastal road (N340) and drive past Málaga towards Nerja. Here, you can take a break, maybe go surfing or just take a dip in the sea at one the city’s most beautiful beaches, Playa de Maro. Afterwards, you set course towards Granada with a good playlist to get you pumped for a day of skiing or snowboarding.
Ski pas and ski equipment in Sierra Nevada
When the Sierra Nevada ski resort is open, you can rent all equipment there. It is possible to rent skis, snowboard, boots, clothes, safety gear and accessories for both adults and children at the place or in advance online. We definitely recommend that you purchase your ski pass (forfait) in advance via the Sierra Nevada website. This way, you can go directly to the print-yourself machine when you arrive so you avoid wasting time waiting in line. The price for an adult ski pass for one day costs from 46 euro.
Experience beautiful Granada and Santa Fe
After a day of fun and a lot of exercise on the slopes, you deserve a cerveza! Take the car to Granda centre, where you can stay for the night and, thus, experience the Andalusian culture with cheap tapas, which usually come with a free beverage.
Jacob had settled in an apartment in the old historic part of Granada just in front of the cathedral. In this area, you will find several shops and cosy squares with restaurants and bars.
If you are as adventurous as Jacob, you can go to Santa Fe, just outside the Granada, where you will find the best natural hot springs in the area. These are called Las Termas de Santa Fe, and if you do not have a ranger following you around (watch the video in the top), you can jump in the hot springs, which reach temperatures up to 40 degrees.
Does that not sound like a perfect weekend trip in Andalusia?